Last week, the Walnut Creek Education Foundation received nearly $12,000 from the Sports Basement in Walnut Creek. Superintendents from Walnut Creek and Acalanes Union High School Districts were in attendance, as were school trustees.

The money is part of $78,000 dollars Sports Basement disbursed to 70 area schools in January.

The Walnut Creek Education Foundation is closing out its 2013-14 campaign on March 31 and is currently $17,000 away from its goal of $677,000.

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    Joe Anne Doyle, scholarship chairman of the DKG Zeta Zeta Chapter, announced that 2014 Jessie Falconer Tuition Grants applications are now available. The grants, ranging from $500 to $2,000, are intended for students in the field of education, including any teacher working to further his or her degrees or credentials. The grants, to be awarded in September, are given on the basis of academic achievement, community service, leadership and extent of financial need without regard to race, religion, gender or age. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and live in Contra Costa County. Application is due by May 15 and is available at

    www.dkg-zetazeta.org.

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    In accordance with the city's centennial celebration, 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/

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