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Velma Waddell Teacher Fidel Garcia, far left, took seven Freedom students to a college fair, where all were given preliminary admissions.

With just a few months of school under their belt, seven students are already overjoyed at the prospect of attending college.

The Freedom High seniors attended the recent U-CAN (United College Action Network) fair in Sacramento. The Oakley group was part of the yearly college-info event, which offers opportunities to receive preliminary "on-the-spot admissions, scholarships, financial aid information and face-to-face exposure with many of the most respected historically black institutions of higher learning within the United States," according to the news release.

The current Freedom students who received the good news and the college choices are:

Christian Landeros, Wiley College (Texas) and Clark Atlanta University; Sydney Lane, Benedict College (South Carolina), Wiley College, Atlanta A&M and Shaw University (North Carolina); Nicole Matthews, Benedict, Wiley, A&M and Shaw University; Lataya New-Lopez, A&M and Paul Quinn University (Texas); Candra Smith, Benedict, Wiley, A&M, Virginia State, and Paul Quinn University; Kendra Smith, Benedict, Wiley and A&M; and Anthony Waddell, Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), Wiley, A&M and Kentucky State.

Teacher Fidel Garcia, who organized the day, was happy about the opportunities the students received.


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"It was very exciting ... It was such a great feeling to see how excited and happy the kids were knowing that they have the opportunity to get a quality education in college." And, Garcia hopes for more success stories like this.

"My goal is to get more students involved with school activities, have pride in being a Freedom student, get more students interested in academics and get more of our students into college.

"We are currently doing different fundraisers in order to be able to offer scholarships to our students continuing their education." Garcia would like to see more community involvement to help ensure student success. He's hoping for help with scholarships, job opportunities, donations to the scholarship fund or more connections with Freedom students. If interested, email garciaf@libertyuhsd.k12.ca.us. For more info on UCAN, visit http://ucangotocollege.org/

RUNNING MATES: The Liberty district's Fourth Annual Bell Run is set for Oct. 26.

This year's popular event takes place at the Streets of Brentwood, with proceeds benefitting the running programs at Freedom, Heritage and Liberty high schools.

The 5K-course begins at the shopping area's parking lot, heads west to Old Sand Creek Trail and around back to the center via Sand Creek Road.

Walkers and runners can pre-register at www.eventbrite.com. Fees are $30 for adults and $20 for students. On the day of the event, the cost will be an additional $5. Once pre-registered, runners can pick up their packets at Brentwood's Sports Authority between 4-8 p.m. Oct. 25, or at the Streets on race day. The run starts 8 a.m. that Saturday; with same-day registration at 7 a.m.

Sponsored by the district's Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program (TUPE), all participants receive a T-shirt. Medals are awarded to the first three finishers in each age group, and the top male and female finishers earn a free pair of shoes from Sports Authority. Post-race refreshments are provided by Target Corp.

For more info, email kadavyj@luhsd.net or call 530- 400-5094.

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. You can also reach Judith Prieve at jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com. Please note: Trine also works part-time with the Antioch Unified School District.