Contra Costa Christian Schools is going high-tech.

The Walnut Creek school will begin providing a laptop for students grades seventh and higher next school year.

Within three years all students and teachers being on the Apple platform, according to a news release from the school. There will also be an overhaul of the wireless access on campus to support the new technology.

"Students need to be engaged and given opportunities to thrive within their different learning styles and interests," said new Head of School Darren Price. "Effective 21st-century learning environments promote collaboration and communication skills in students so they can articulate their learning and ideas with clarity and passion. A 21st-century learning environment should be exciting and challenging for students."

In an effort to help raise the $135,000 necessary for the new technology push, the school teamed up with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's fundraising program and started selling "Apples for Apple." Fudge and caramel covered apples were sold with part of the proceeds going to the new computers.

Each grade has a keyboard thermometer in their classroom, which they color in every time they raised another $50. For more information go to www.cccss.org/cccs21fund

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    The Las Lomas Performing Arts Foundation has recently launched the LLHS PAF Coupon Book project to raise money to support, strengthen and expand the Performing Arts students' learning experience. It is also a project to connect the performing arts community in and around Walnut Creek.


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    The school's Performing Arts programs have been making tremendous progress in the last few years in areas of instrumental music, theater arts and vocal music. The money raised through the coupon book project helps pay for these programs.

    The coupon book project is planned to be finished by early August, and the finished products will be made available for sale at $10 each at the Las Lomas registration day in mid-August. Cost to participate in the coupon book project is $50 per coupon slot, and merchants are invited to participate.

    Details of the coupon book project are available online at http://www.laslomasptsa.com/PerformingArts/PerformingArtsCouponBook.html, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LLPAFCouponBook. For questions, call either Ellen Osmundson at 925-890-4276 or Mary Williams at 510-847-9187 or email to LLPAFCouponBook@gmail.com.

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    The Walnut Creek School District will offer a Transitional Kindergarten program for students during the 2013-2014 school year. Students who have their fifth birthday between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2 are eligible to enroll in this program.

    Each family is required to complete a residency affidavit and to submit valid proof of residency. A birth certificate or other legal evidence of date of birth must be presented at the time of registration. Also required are records of immunizations issued by a physician or registered nurse, stating the month, day, and year of each required immunization.

    For registration information for the transitional kindergarten program, please contact the district office at 925-944-6850.

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    The Culture to Culture Foundation invites high school students to take part in the Mental Health Essay Scholarship contest.

    Participants will write up to 1,000 words sharing their insights on "What is the number one mental health issue affecting me and/or my friends."

    All entries will be recognized; selected winners will receive a $500 scholarship. Email submission and questions to c2c@culturetoculture.org by May 31. For information, go to www.culturetoculture.org.

    To submit an item for School Notes, contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.