As a nation paid tribute those lost in the 9/11 tragedy, some schools in East County held special ceremonies.

Grant Elementary held a touching flag event on the 11th anniversary of the attack.

About 20 Scouts from the Antioch school participated in a traditional scout flag ceremony.

It was organized by parent and Pack 153 scout leader Courtney Reich.

Principal Mike Green said it was a "great event."

"It felt really nice to honor and remember those who risked their lives for our safety and freedom. Since (nearly none) of our students were alive when the traumatic events happened, I also felt a need to teach our children about what happened."

A presentation was followed with the Scout ceremony.

CROWING GLORY: Liberty gave the royal treatment to its newly crowned homecoming king Gage Van Emmerik and queen Crystal Cummings. The court was rounded out by princesses Audrey Aanonson, Courtney Acamo, Aubrey Bradshaw, Kylie Caponio, April Cisneros, Raquel Condon, Katelyn DiGiorgio, Paige Dudek and Marcia Salas Fernandez. For the prince side, it was Ricky Ackerman, Tanner Blank, Jacob Fio, Jeremy Fio, Jake Gonzalez, Zack Masongsong, Bruce Mitchener, Austin Solari and Brandon White.

GRANT A WISH: While you check Facebook, you can help area schools, too.

Liberty Union's ED Foundation, a nonprofit group set to "enhance and enrich educational programs," is competing nationwide for grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000.


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Residents can help by simply voting for Liberty Business Education Alliance (aka the ED foundation) through the Chase Community Giving program on the social network giant.

Karen Rarey, foundation president, said in a news release: "Because funding for education in California continues to be cut ... it is imperative that we receive support from locals whether by supporting us on Facebook or in the form of a direct donation."

The Chase Community Giving program is designed to benefit smaller and local charities. The top winner receives $250,000, and the remaining 195 top charities earn $10,000 through $100,000 awards, for a total of $5 million in grants.

Rarey said, "Even at the lowest grant level of $10,000, it will help to enable the ED Foundation to continue to fund innovative programs and cutting-edge technology that will help increase the academic achievement of the students."

Visit Facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving to cast your vote.

For more information about LUHSD ED foundation or how to help, visit www.educationwins.org

WRITE AND WIN: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is offering $1,000 to $2,500 scholarships to young leaders.

According to a news release, the scholarship is to "recognize, support and encourage the educational efforts of young people committed to active roles of public service and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS."

Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, the program has expanded the number of scholarships.

It's open to current high school seniors and college undergraduates with an active commitment to fighting AIDS. Applications and personal statements are due Oct. 5. Essays must be received by Oct. 22. The awards ceremony is Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

Applicants must provide proof of current academic status and service.

Essays must be 1,000 words and address the following three areas:

1. How the applicant's life has been affected by HIV/AIDS and its influence on their educational pursuits and career path.

2. How discrimination and stigma fuel misconceptions and stereotypes that perpetuate high-risk behaviors; changes brought about by early AIDS activists and community leaders; challenges facing 21st century activists; and potential solutions.

3. The role of the National AIDS Memorial Grove and how it might continue to play a vital and relevant role in promoting public awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Recipients will be eligible for ongoing scholarship support.

The National AIDS Memorial Grove was founded by volunteers 20 years ago in San Francisco.

During that time, more than 18,000 individuals have contributed more than 120,000 volunteer hours to convert "a once-derelict part" of Golden Gate Park into the country's only federally designated AIDS memorial.

For more information and applications, visit www.aidsmemorial.org or call or email Steve Sagaser at 415-765-0497 or ssagaser@aidsmemorial.org.

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. You can also reach Judith Prieve at jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com.