To all budding Maya Angelous and Robert Frosts; Walnut Creek leaders want your verses, sonnets and even haikus to help celebrate the city's 100th birthday.

In accordance with the city's centennial year all Walnut Creek students are encouraged to participate in the 2014 Student Poetry Contest. The Walnut Creek Library Foundation, Ygnacio Valley Library and Walnut Creek Library are asking young writers to focus on this year's theme: "100."

Poems may be no more than 32 lines and authors are encouraged to "think about the number 100 and what it means to you."

The free contest is open to students ages 5 to 19, and all participants will receive a poetry contestant certificate. Winners may participate in a student poetry reading on Saturday, May 3 at the Walnut Creek Library.

The deadline to enter is March 26. Pick up a registration packet at any Walnut Creek library or online at www.wclibrary.org/contest/

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    Mt. Diablo district parents are encouraged to weigh in on the future of learning and funding for their children's schools.

    Since the state Board of Education in January adopted emergency regulations to help school districts create plans for spending their money, districts now ask parents for help in their own Local Control Accountability Plan.

    The Mt. Diablo Unified School District started holding meetings in January to explain the plan, which combines the implementation of general district programs, new Common Core Standards and supplemental support for students, according to the district website. It's also the "umbrella guiding document" for the new local control funding formula, according to the site.

    Superintendent Nellie Meyer has planned a series of outreach meetings to get input and give information.

    Remaining meetings are as follows:

  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Diablo View Middle School in Clayton

  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Northgate High in Walnut Creek

  • 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Concord High

  • 6:30 p.m. April 8 at Mt. Diablo High

  • 6:30 p.m. May 20 at College Park High

    Submit School Notes items to enardi@bayareanewsgroup.com. Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.