Oakley's Laurel Elementary recently saw some fierce competition on its campus.

But, it was all in the name of entertainment, as the Oakley school held its annual Mother-Son Game night.

The PTA-sponsored event put a focus on moms (and grandmas, aunts and the like) and the boys in their lives.

The night featured a barbecue dinner, compliments of some of the men folk, and "loads of activities," said Laurie Seeno, the school librarian.

More than 350 mothers and sons enjoyed the fun-filled night.

Last year, two of the most popular games -- Giant Hamster Ball races and the Booger war -- were big hits again.

Members of the Navy ROTC helped run the activities, which included tug of war, soccer, dodge ball, "jousting" and sunflower seed spitting.

During the fourth annual event, the school's Relay for Life team held a drawing for prizes that included a scooter and a hockey stick autographed by the Stockton Thunder team.

PROSE, NO CONS: Terri Chapman only had one word to offer about Antioch High's third annual Poetry Slam event.

"Amazing," said the school's librarian and co-organizer of the recent event held at Antioch's Barnes & Noble store.

"There were tears and laughter, pride and amazement," said Chapman, an AHS grad.

The event featured 17 students pouring their passion out with poems.


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The students were: Stephanie Abfalter, Meriah Barajas, Jorge Barahone, Kelly Blalock, Evelin Cervantes, Vivana Escobar, Melanie Graves, Morianna Jack, Kirti Khanna, Sierra Kirk, Daniel Barrington King, Alisa Lapina, Stacy Murphy, Alyssa Perry, Michael Ross, Katy Valencia and Travis Wali.

Chapman, along with librarian Cindy Hoops, was proud of the students who "fought their nerves and let us see inside their souls." She said everyone gave their all and it was a "close competition," but in the end, there could only be three winners.

They were: first place to Morianna Jack with her original poem "Careless;" second place to Daniel Barrington King with his original poem "Baptized;" and third to Meriah Barajas with her original "Alive." Judging the talented group were AHS teachers Dylan Howell, Jeannine Lewis and Andrea Murphy.

Chapman said leading up to the poetry slam, the staff encouraged students to participate, "especially the English department, which rallied their students." In addition to family, friends and community members, other staffers were attendance along with Principal Louie Rocha.

"It was wonderful seeing the support," she said. "It definitely had the 'American Idol' feel." For more information, call 925-779-7550.

IT ALL ADDS UP: Carmen Dragon's PTA hosted its second annual math festival.

The event was for all its Antioch students -- from kinder to fifth-graders.

Classes eagerly filed into the multipurpose room in shifts throughout the day for 40-minute sessions.

According to Jennifer Wilson, PTA president and organizer, there were 12 stations where students could explore various math concepts, including tangrams, probability games, finding patterns and many other algebra and geometry topics.

"The busiest station was where students could make Möbius strips, twisted loops of paper that when cut produce surprising results," Wilson said.

The school's GATE (gifted and talented education) students, led by teacher Peggy Dodds, were the event facilitators.

"They were trained in each activity and stationed in pairs at each table during the event. They answered questions and guided students toward making discoveries and solving problems," she said.

Teachers came along with their classes, and Principal Scott Bergerhouse and Superintendent Donald Gill joined in as well. The event is a lead-up to state testing.

"Many teachers told me that their students loved the day," Wilson said.

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