College Park photos on display at City Hall

"Life As We Know It," a photo exhibit by College Park High students exploring their relationship with their campus, will be on display at Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane.

The exhibit is open through March 14, during regular business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 8:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 8:30 to 1 p.m. Friday.

The AjA Project was made possible by the California Safe and Supportive Schools grant.

Mount Diablo photo contest for students

The second annual Scholastic Photo Contest invites students in grades K-12 in Contra Costa and Alameda counties to submit their original pictures of Mount Diablo.

Photos can be of one of the Diablo parks, listed on the contest website at www.SaveMountDiabloContest.com, that showcases why the student enjoys Mount Diablo's lands and think they should be protected.

Students will be eligible for prizes, including a $1,000 Apple gift card, publishing in Diablo Magazine and inclusion in a traveling photo exhibit.

All photographs must be submitted by April 30. Winners will be announced May 12.

The contest raises awareness about Save Mount Diablo's work and encourages students to visit their local natural parks, explained public relations manager Beryl Anderson.

"This contest is a great way for us to connect with students and for students to connect with the Diablo wilderness. After all, students are the future generations we are saving these lands for and who we hope will continue to save Mount Diablo."

Martinez school district issues Measure K bonds

The Martinez Unified School District has issued the remainder of its Measure K bonds.

The $20 million bond issuance has an overall borrowing rate of less than 3.4 percent. In addition, the payback ratio over the term of the bond is less than 1.5 to 1, below the state-sanctioned rate of 4 to 1, according to Superintendent Rami Muth.

The district secured the low interest rate, in part, due to an upgrade in the its credit rating to "AA," she noted.

The proceeds of Measure K allow the district to:

  • Modernize classrooms and science labs

  • Provide safety and security improvements at all school sites

  • Modernize career technical classrooms

  • Provide energy efficiency improvements, including photovoltaic systems and other school improvements.

    "The board of trustees and District Staff are mindful of the strong support that our community has given its schools," said Muth, "and we take very seriously our obligations as stewards of taxpayer funds."

    Student Congressional Art Competition plans

    High school students are invited by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. All high school students residing in California's 11th Congressional District can submit their work.

    The competition is an opportunity for each congressional district to showcase its artistic and creative young talent. The deadline to submit artwork is April 14.

    The winning piece from the legislative district will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In addition, the winner and one family member will be flown to Washington D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to participate in an official reception in June.

    Artwork will be featured on Miller's Facebook page and open to public judging from April 28-May 2, and will be displayed in Miller's district office, provided it is not selected as the panel's overall winner.

    Artwork will be picked up by Millers's staff at the main office of the student's school the week of April 14.

    For art competition information, guidelines, release forms and pickup, contact Miller's office at 925-602-1880.

    YVHS annual banquet supports sports teams

    Ygnacio Valley High School's annual fundraising banquet March 22 will support its sports teams.

    It will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, in Walnut Creek.

    The banquet will be catered by Kinder's BBQ. There will be a raffle, and live and silent auctions, with opportunities for trips to Disneyland, Hornblower dinner cruise, and water skiing on the Delta, along with San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Ballet tickets and more.

    Tickets are $35 if purchased by March 1, and $40 after. For tickets and information, contact Heidi at yvhsab@gmail.com or HeidiHastings@att.net.

    DVC looks for hosts for international students

    The International Education Center at Diablo Valley is looking for families to host international students on a long- or short-term basis.

    Families get a monthly stipend of $825 per student.

    For requirements or information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080, or email fparker@dvc.edu.

    Items included on a space-available basis; not all submissions published. Email schoolscene@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.