Students from Excelsior, Discovery Bay and Timber Point schools came out in a big way to support the East County's Community Food Pantry. The group of 120 recently participated in the Trick or Treat for Canned Goods event throughout Discovery Bay neighborhoods.

Kim Karr, Excelsior Middle's leadership teacher, provided maps, motivation and cheered on the big group, which featured students, teachers, parents and Byron Delta Lions Club volunteers. Shopping carts, loaned by DB's Safeway, helped the treaters roll through the area to collect more than 1,000 cans of food and even some cash donations.

Lion member Ellen Greene said it was a "whopping success," and expressed her thanks to the community for its great support. For more info, call 925-513-1010 or email ellen1010@comcast.net

TREATS GALORE, TAKE 2: Heritage High's Rising Stars Theatre Club also hit the streets to collect food for those in need. The Brentwood group of nearly 40 students traveled around their city to collect more than 1,000 pounds of food as part of the Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat national community service program.

"We were excited," teacher Chris Fallows said. "The kids had a blast and the people we visited were great."


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This is the fifth year the group has done this event, with goods benefitting Shepherd's Gate in Brentwood.

Fallows thinks these types of outings are important. "As a performing arts club, most of what we do is about us - our learning, our performing, our experience. (This) is about others. The project is entirely planned by students."

Students Megan Welker and Jasmine Khaliq organized the entire event, while many other students recruited friends and parents to help. "Seeing students excitedly joining a cause and wanting to help simply because help is needed builds my faith. Young people get a bad rap for selfishness ...but I see wonders inside kids, and projects like this reveal those wonders," Fallows said.

READ IT AND REAP: It was a debut event for Carmen Dragon elementary, and organizers were oh-so-happy with the turnout.

The Antioch school expanded its annual book fair into a Family Literacy Night.

The event, which drew more than 200 visitors, included a drawing for a Kindle, Clifford the Big Red Dog greeter, a free used book giveaway, a variety of reading-related games, a poetry table and a bookmark craft station.

The evening also featured stories read by Principal Scott Bergerhouse, Chief of Police Allan Cantando, Superientent Don Gill, teacher Suzie Carroll, and school board members Diane Gibson-Gray, Joy Motts and Claire Smith.

"We wanted to celebrate reading and give parents ideas of activities they could use with their children to increase literacy and love for reading," said Jennifer Wilson, PTA president.

The event raised about $1,000 for new books and special library programs.

Barbara Blacker, the school's librarian, said the event was "a great success. We had a lot of families ... enjoy the evening. The evening exceeded my expectations."

A BIG HIT: Volleyball players, coaches and parents gathered at Antioch High recently to participate in the Dig Pink fundraiser.

The national event raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

This year, AHS had about 60 folks to help collect about $1,200 for the cause via the exhibition games, bake and t-shirt sales and raffles from area businesses such as Miller's Cafe, Pinky's car wash, Mac's Old House, Starbucks, Relaxation Spa, Jay Dee's barbershop and Good Year.

Coach Dave Driskell hopes to partner up with Pittsburg High to bring in even more money next year. "It's all about raising awareness and money to find a cure," he said. "The more people involved, the more successful we will be."

The money will be donated to the Save A Life Sister Foundation based out of Antioch's Sutter Delta Medical Center.

"My goal every year is to be able to make a donation of at least $1,000. And, we were able to do that again with all of the hard work from our team parents and players."

For more info on the Dig Pink event, visit www.digpink.orge or to donate to Antioch High, call 925-779-7550.

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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