An anti-bullying event gave 300 students some tools and confidence.

The Antioch Charter Academy and Antioch Charter Academy II students attended the recent assembly, which featured games designed to teach about bullying. The day also featured skits with middle school students, and all attendees received a wrist band with a Keep Calm and Don't Bully slogan.

"The event went great," said Angel Seda of ACA II. "I think the students who came learned a lot about bullying and how to prevent it. We're told that some of the classes were inspired to do their own community events."

The event featured seventh- and eighth-graders teaching younger students about the dangers of bullying. The fair was part of the school's anti-bully week, which included presentations, a guest speaker from the Sacramento River Cats baseball team and a bake sale. For more information, visit http://aca2bullyproject.webs.com or email acaiimiddle@gmail.com.

GAME ON: In conjunction with ASAHiCon, Antioch High's annual anime con, a Madden NFL tournament, will be held from 3:30-10 p.m. March 28 in the school's career center, 700 West 18th St.

Entry fee is $25, and space is limited. The winner receives a new PS4. Games will be played on site and not online. The exhibition-style game will have five-minute quarters, and the level is all-pro.

In addition to the Madden tourney, the Anime Society of AHS hosts its big event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 29 at the school.

The sixth annual fest features an array of activities, including numerous games, food, Cosplay, live entertainment, karaoke and, of course, anime. Cost is $5 with student ID; $7 for general admission. For more information on both events, call 925-779-7550, ext. 60810, or email asahicon@gmail.com

TOP OF THEIR GAME: The local chapter of the Association of California School Administrators held its annual recognition dinner.

The Region VI Delta Charter showcased top area administrators during the recent Art of Leadership event. Superintendent of the Year was Donald Gill, Antioch Unified School District. The middle-grade principals of the year were Kelly Basmagian, Byron Union School District; Kelly Manke, Brentwood Union School District; and Greg Hetrick, Oakley Union Elementary District.

Elementary principals of the year were Wanda Apel, Antioch Unified School District; and Kathy Kruse, Oakley Union Elementary School District. The central office administrator award was given to Katy Colbath, Pittsburg Unified School District, and classified leader went to Marianne Solis, Pittsburg Unified School District.

Secondary co-administrator was awarded to Sandra Guardado, Liberty Union High School District; and confidential employee was given to Gayle Crockett, Brentwood Union School District. Personnel/human resources went to Denise Rugani, Liberty Union High School District; business services administrator to Mia Cancio, Antioch Unified School District; curriculum and instruction to Julie Dooley, Brentwood Union School District; and continuation educational options administrator to Colleen Sanchez, Liberty Union High School District.

Founded in 1971, the association features more than 16,000 members. The 15-year-old Delta Charter boasts administrators from Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakley, Byron, Brentwood, Liberty and Knightsen districts. For more information, visit www.acsa.org

EAT UP!: Park Middle School will host a Taste of Italy from 5-10 p.m. April 5 at the VFW building on Wilbur Avenue in Antioch.

The fundraiser will feature a full pasta dinner, headed by John Jimno, the school's principal. Also included will be raffle prizes, a silent auction, sports memorabilia, live music and a no-host bar.

All proceeds will benefit several of the school's programs, including Leadership, Color Guard and PTSA. Organizer and teacher Shelly Lucido said, "This is a great way for Park alumni and the Antioch community to show support (to our school)."

Tickets are $30. For more information and how you can donate prizes or monetary contributions, call 925-779-7420.

POETRY IN MOTION: This year, Antioch High School is literally going old school for this year's Poetry Slam.

Set for 6 p.m. April 8, the event will take place at the Antioch Historical Society, which housed the first high school in Contra Costa County in 1911. The annual event will be in the Riverview Room.

In addition to the Poetry Slam, tours of the museum will be featured. All student participants will receive a gift, and the top three performers will earn a prize. If interested in donating or helping with the event, call 925-779-7550.

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. Note: Trine also does outreach for Antioch High.