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Trine Gallegos Armani Cook, a second-grader at Turner Elementary, is all smiles during the Antioch schoolĂ­s anti-bullying event. P.E. teacher Wendy Jones releases balloons during the morning program.

"Be a buddy, not a bully."

That has essentially become Turner Elementary's mantra.

The Antioch school put a positive and meaningful spotlight on stopping bullying, which affects so many in our nation.

Parents from Turner, along with Antioch's Mission Elementary, recently attended a screening of the 2012 documentary "Bully" at Pittsburg's Maya Cinemas. It began with a discussion before the movie and was followed by a question-and-answer period. Jack Weinstein ("Facing History and Ourselves") was on hand to share information on bullying. Students in the fourth and fifth grades were shown an edited version of the documentary at school.

Then last week, Turner students gathered in a large circle on the playground to release balloons after reciting its new pledge against bullying.

Principal Sue Ten Eyck explained that letting loose the balloons was symbolic of "letting go of bullying." Students were given anti-bullying bracelets to show their solidarity.

"We're doing what we can to help our school community work on this problem plaguing all schools and districts," she said.

For more information, call 925-779-7430.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Four Heritage High students have been named Commended Students to the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. The Brentwood quartet is Geoffrey Angus, Victoria Baree, Scott Camara and Danielle Strock.


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The four are part of the 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being "recognized for their exceptional academic promise," according to the news release. "These (students) have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success and a valuable national resource."

For more information on the program, visit www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php.

STRIKE UP THE BAND: Antioch High recently hosted the Delta Band Review.

Sixteen high school bands strutted their stuff during the 30th annual event. Area schools included Antioch's Deer Valley and Oakley's Freedom.

The first-place winners were: Drum major military: Atwater; drum major mace: Armijo; percussion: Merced; auxiliary class C: Northgate; auxiliary class B: Merced; auxiliary class A: Archbishop and Buchach Colony; auxiliary class AA: Armijo; band class C: Northgate; band class B: Merced; band class A: Archbishop; and band class AA: Armijo.

Freedom took second place in drum major military, and Deer Valley placed third in drum major mace, auxiliary class B and in band class C.

BOOK SMART: Barnes & Noble is hosting an educator-appreciation event through Sunday, with special discounts for area teachers and staff at the Antioch store, 5709 Lone Tree Way. The store will showcase new books, educational toys and games, NOOKs and other items for educators and classroom, in addition to giveaways, prizes and treats. For more information, call Shannon Skinner at 925-978-1053 or email Crm2173@bn.com.

JOIN THE CLUB: Antioch Charter Academy II hosts its annual golf tournament and dinner on Oct. 26 at Antioch's Lone Tree Golf Course. The fundraiser benefits the school's various programs and projects.

Golfers can create a team of four, or singles can sign up to be placed on a team. Tee-off time is 1 p.m. The tax-deductible fee is $125 per person, which includes the golfing, a cart and a banquet awards dinner. Local businesses are asked to sponsor a cart, a tee, a raffle basket or item to help.

According to a news release, ACA II is a progressive, tuition-free public charter school "designed specifically to produce lifelong learners by nurturing and guiding them in a natural learning environment." It is at 1201 W. 10th St.

For entry forms and sponsor information, visit http://antiochcharteracademy.org/schools/aca-ii/family-network/aca-ii-golf-tournament/. For other information, call 925-628-3686 or email acaiifnb@aol.com.

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.

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