Hillview Junior High hosts a community health and resource fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at the Pittsburg school, 333 Yosemite Drive.
Principal Anthony Molina said the event was to "make our students experience writing a research paper relevant and exciting. We wanted (them) to have access to information from health care professionals ..." And, so the fair, complete with informational booths, workshops and hands-on activities, was created.
The fair also offers families and the community a chance to talk with more than 40 agencies. The event includes workshops in Spanish and English, free health screening, healthful cooking demos and activities like a walk-a-thon, zumba classes, soccer workshops and more.
"This (will be) a day out for our students (to) gather information (and) spend a day with their families promoting healthy habits."
In addition, the free event will have giveaways and drawings.
Molina, a lifelong Pittsburg resident, said the planning has been a real team effort -- from teachers and staff to parent volunteer coordinator Maria Salazar.
"(She's) the driving force and key member of this entire event."
During the fair, students collect info via the professionals on hand for a health-related topic. They will also attend workshops and demos.
Molina said all 850 students are being encouraged to go to the fair. Hillview has also invited other district students.
This is the first of its kind for Hillview, and Molina hopes to "make it big so that it can be ongoing to better serve the community." For more info, call 925-473-2380.
A SLICE OF FUN: Who wants pie/pi? Apparently, plenty of students at Adams Middle.
The Brentwood school recently held its second annual Pi Day with several mathematical activities and, yes, actual pie. Students who memorized at least 20 digits of pi received a piece of the dessert.
The top digit memorizers were Addie Varin (sixth grade) with 314 digits; Ethan De Vera (seventh) with 208 digits; Nick Zell (eighth) with 209 digits. Varin was the overall school winner. The three received an actual whole pie.
Teacher Karentina Fujinaga said it was "fun lunchtime event.
"It was extremely successful, with more than 1,000 students participating. This was the second (year), so there was greater participation and more activities."
The entire campus participated in some aspect of the day -- "whether a class activity or a pi day activity, every student was involved." More than 200 attempted to memorize the digits of pi.
To gear up for the day, math teachers helped encourage the students to learn the digits, but it was up to the middle-schoolers to do memorize them.
Sand Creek Road's Raley's, Balfour Road's Safeway and Brentwood's Nation's donated the dessert for the event.
GOOD STUFF: Also at Adams is Family Fun Night from 5:30-9 p.m. April 19 in the school's gym, 401 American Ave.
Hosted by the parents' club, the event features the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society leading star gazing via telescopes, Heritage Robotics Club, Bricks for Kidz, East Bay Regional Park, face painting, glow sticks, science experiments and temporary tattoos. Food can be purchased that night from the Pizza Pirate and Menchie's Yogurt.
For more information, call 925-513- 6450.
STARMAKERS: Antioch's Orchard Park held its first Achievement Awards, which recognized CST (STAR standardized California Test) successes of students in grades 3-8.
Receiving medals were 325 students for their academic accomplishments. Students scoring advanced (above grade level in mathematics and/ or language arts) earned a gold medal. Those with proficient (grade level) scored silver while any student who improved his/her score from the previous year received a bronze medal.
Didi De Chiaro, principal of the K-8 Antioch school, said the medals were given to recognize achievements and "encourage and motivate students for the upcoming STAR testing," which begins April 29.
She said the students were excited, with many wearing their medals for the day.
On hand to award the medals were AUSD Superintendent Donald Gill, board president Joy Motts, board member Gary Hack and associate Superintendent Stephanie Anello. The audience was filled with parents, family and friends.
MARVELOUS MUSIC: Deer Valley Academy for the Performing Arts presents a Broadway revue opening at 7 p.m. April 25-27 in the Deer Valley High theater, 4700 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. The show, a compilation of Broadway musicals, has a cast of accomplished performing arts academy singers and dancers. Tickets are $7; $5 for students, and $3 for DV students with a school card. For more info, call 925-788-1913.
TEE TIME: Day on the Green is set at 10 a.m. April 26 at Shadow Lakes Golf Course on Balfour Road in Brentwood. The Krey Elementary fundraiser is sponsored by W.J. Bradley Mortgage for the Brentwood school. The annual event includes a day of prizes, contests, food and, of course, golf. The community can help by playing in a foursome or sponsoring a hole. Cost is $125. For more info, call 925-323-9040, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.KreyGolfEvent.org.