Thanks to a generous donation, Delta View is looking spiffier than ever.

The Pittsburg elementary school was given $10,000 from Discovery Homes Give Back Program. The money will help refurbish the rundown landscape throughout the campus.

About 40 volunteers visited the school recently for a day of cleanup and restoration.

In a news release, Albert Seeno Jr. III said: "The Discovery Gives Back program is ... to support the community. Our homeowners believe that it's important to support education. The program wouldn't be successful without their participation."

This is the second time Delta View has been the recipient of a large helping hand. Last spring, it was one of only 17 California schools chosen to get a one-day treatment from the Comcast Cares program.

More than 200 folks gathered at that event, which included students, staff and families joining forces with Comcast to repaint walls, plant, re-stripe the playground and do general cleanup around the campus.

For more information about the giveback program, visit www.discoveryhomes.com or call 888-41-HOMES.

BULLIES GET THE BOOT: Hundreds of children took a stand against bullying, wearing ribbons of harmony at Carmen Dragon elementary.

The orange ribbons were part of the Antioch school's recent Unity Day. The ribbons, which had messages promoting unity on one side and no bullying on the other, were worn all day long.

The daylong event included students signing a "Unity -- Bullying Stops With Me" banner, student council reps speaking to all classrooms, a schoolwide assembly led by Principal Scott Bergerhouse and teacher Mary Hooker, a video and shared lessons from teachers.

Teacher Maureen Larmour said Hooker, the REACH coordinator, brought the information to Bergerhouse, who in turn presented it to a leadership meeting.

This was the first Unity Day for the active school.

"(It) was fabulous," Larmour said. "The three words Ms. Hooker reminded students to use were caring, kindness and respect."

After the assembly, all joined in for a schoolwide photo.

Student Council helped by reporting info to classes, passing out the ribbons, and painting the poster. The poster was signed by the entire student body.

Bergerhouse said it was a "great assembly" and that it was "wonderful to see such support" from staff and students. He was proud of the strong participation. "It was a true example in the power of people."

On another note, the school once again participated in Walk to School day with more than 200 students and parents joining the festivities Oct. 3.

SING IT: Deer Valley High turns talent search arena come Oct. 25 when the Antioch school hosts DV Idol at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the school's theater at 4700 Lone Tree Way. Tickets are $5. For more info, call 925-776-5555.

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

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