And then there were two. Madeleine Rogin, a kindergarten teacher at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito has made it to the final round in the competition sponsored by online social platform GOOD (www.good.is) and the University of Phoenix for a $10,000 classroom grant.
Rogin, one of two contestants remaining of the eight who started, has big plans for the grant. Her proposal has a local element that would teach students environmental stewardship by restoring a frog habitat at a portion of Baxter Creek near the school.
"We also want to partner with an elementary school in Ghana, West Africa in order to help with school supplies and basic equipment for their school as well as build cross cultural exchange and cross cultural communication," she says.
The two schools would communicate and meet each other via Skype.
The program would be part of what Rogin calls the Peaceful Changemakers Curriculum she and her kindergarten team developed.
"I feel like I have a really good chance to win this because our project is unique and right for the time we are in right now, when our students need to learn the skills of empathy, compassion, environmental stewardship and cultural competency in order to be successful in their academic careers and as they grow in our global economy and reality," she says.
You can learn more about the project from the video on Rogin's page at the contest site, http://kto6gato.maker.good.is/projects/7998?sort=359. Voting for her can be done on the same page.
Voting is free and visitors can cast a vote once each day through Sunday. Those who don't want to do the whole new user registration process at the site can sign in via Facebook.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Naval Weapons Station Concord in World War II parlance is best known as Port Chicago, where a 1944 munitions explosion killed 320 men, marking the worst stateside disaster of the war.
Author John Keibel will discuss the facility, unseen by most of the general public, and his 2009 book "Behind the Barbed Wire: History of Naval Weapons Station Concord" at a free program at 2 p.m. April 6 in the theater at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.
The weapons station is now part of of the National Park Service and related in its content to the national park in Richmond dedicated to the World War II home front.
The gala program with Bond and the Freedom Singers is presented by the college, its Single Stop Program for low income students and the NAACP.
John and Jean Knox, whose work made the performing arts center a reality as a showcase at the college, are expected to be in attendance.
General tickets are $50 each, available at http://www.contracostabooks.com/site_julianbond.asp?. For more details contact Michele Jackson at 510.235-7800, ext. 4341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Senior Clipper Card is replacing the familiar green BART ticket of discount fares for seniors as transit agencies move to the all-in-one card.
"The cash stored on your Senior Clipper card can be used to ride any Clipper-enabled transit system such as BART, AC Transit, SF Muni, SamTrans, CalTrain, VTA, Golden Gate Bus and Ferries and San Fracnscio Bay Ferries," the agency notes.
Applicants for the free Senior Clipper card must bring identification verifying they are 65 or older. For details call 510-464-7134
BLOOD DONORS NEEDED: An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 at the Red Cross Bus outside the Berkeley YMCA, 2001 Allston Way.
Drop in at either event or make an appointment by calling 800-733-2767. Donors can also make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code BERKELEYYMCA for the Berkeley event or DOCTOR for the San Pablo event.