Students from a leadership class at Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek decided to show their appreciation for some local firefighters recently.

Contra Costa Fire Station 7, at 1050 Walnut Blvd., was broken into Sept. 8 as firefighters stationed there were battling the big Morgan Fire on Mt. Diablo. The thief made off with several items, including iPads, wedding bands and money, officials said.

After students at Foothill Middle School heard of this they decided to make some cookies, signs and cards for the hardworking firefighters, according to news reports. Students delivered their goods in person to the firehouse last week.

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    Walnut Creek Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange is in its second year, and students are packing up and ready to go.

    On Sept. 27, 11 Walnut Creek middle school students will travel to Siofok, Hungary and eight students will go to Noceto, Italy. Both of these European cities are "Sister Cities" of Walnut Creek.

    The YAE exchange is a homestay program of one week. Students that they stay with will make return a visit in March or April of next year to Walnut Creek.

    The selection process began last March, with applications and recommendations of the seventh-grade students. Interviews with Sister Cities representatives followed and the selection was announced in May.

    Students will spend time in school with their exchange ambassador, visit the istes and meet mayors of the cities they visit. Students have taken part in six weekly orientation classes that began in August with history, geography, travel tips, language introduction and team building. According to organizers, Walnut Creek Sister Cities wants to make this an annual exchange of youth ambassadors between Walnut Creek, Noceto, and Siofok for years to come. When the students return they will come to the City Council meeting on Oct. 15.

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