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Child Unique Montessori holds Community Workers’ Day

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Jackie Kellner, proprietor of Feel Good Bakery, pauses for a photo opportunity with staff and two students of The Child Unique Montessori School. Contributed photo.

Students at The Child Unique Montessori school went to work at a host of local businesses on May 26 and again this past Wednesday as part of the school’s Community Workers’ Day.

The event, which is similar to “Bring Your Child to Work” day, lets the school’s elementary students work for an hour at their favorite local business.

This year’s participants include the Alameda Free Library, Alameda Natural Grocery, Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts, Bladium, Books Inc., Borders, Encinal Nursery, Feel Good Bakery, Harbor Bay Club, Java Rama, Modern Mouse, Mona‘s Table, Monkey Bars, Primary Pediatrics, Symmetry Chiropractic, 3 Wishes, Thomsen’s Garden Center, Tot Tank, Toy Safari, and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

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Encinal student wins Gates scholarship

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Encinal High School senior Phuc Nguyen has won a Gates Millennium Scholarship. Just 1,000 high school students from across the United States are awarded the full-ride scholarship, which is offered through the United Negro College Fund and funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Nguyen is the third Encinal student in three years to win the scholarship. She will attend the University at California, Berkeley in the fall.

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Bay Farm teacher fundraising for El Salvador project

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Bay Farm Elementary teacher Barry Anderson is raising money for a trip to Caluco, El Salvador, where he will work with a friend to help build a pottery wheel and kiln. They’ll be part of a group sponsored by El Salvador North America Village Network that is also working to build a school in Caluco and provide teacher training.

Anderson said he estimates he’ll need $3,900 to buy the tools and materials he needs to complete his projects. Checks can be sent to him and written to ESNA, and Anderson will forward the money to the group’s Des Moines headquarters.

For more information on how you can help out, contact Anderson at 748-4010, ext. 1201, or at banderson@alameda.k12.ca.us. For more information on ESNA, click here.

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ACLC student raises money to fight malaria

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Alameda Community Learning Center junior Lexie Morgan has raised $2,800 to purchase sleeping nets that can protect hundreds of people from malaria-causing mosquitoes. Morgan raised the money through Nickels for Nets, an organization she created as part of her participating in the Future Leaders Institute program.

“I wanted to let students know that all it takes to save lives is $5, the same amount most high schoolers spend on lunch each day,” Morgan said. “I collected small donations, mostly change and dollar bills from students. Through N4N I was able to bring awareness of malaria to my community and encourage people to help stop the spread of the disease.”

In addition to raising money from classmates and instructors at ACLC and its sister school, the Nea Community Learning Center, Morgan earned contributions from businesses including Craigslist. Morgan was able to raise enough money to purchase 560 bed nets.

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