The lives of scores of underprivileged students are affected for the better because of the creation of a small, inconspicuous room at Oakdale High School. Actually, it's what's inside the room that has really made the difference: deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, ramen noodles, bottled water, paper and pencils, binders, clothing.
As some of you may have noticed in my previous column, I slipped in a piece of personal information without too much fanfare. That is, that I am engaged. I'm not one to really share too much of my personal life in my columns because at work I'm about business.
In a year when school districts have been hit especially hard financially, it was a welcome relief when 74 grants totaling $97,000 were recently awarded to teachers in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District from the Oakdale Educational Foundation. Grants were awarded to individual teachers and groups of teachers to benefit their students at an awards reception on Dec. 3 held at Oakdale High School.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will consider ConAgra's application for a permit to spread aerated pond sediment onto Oakdale farmlands owned by John Brichetto at a public meeting at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The meeting will be held at the Basement Chambers, 1010 10th St., Modesto, where the board will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of a Negative Declaration.
The potential spreading of by-product waste material from ConAgra's aerated ponds onto Oakdale farmlands is going before the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors at a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Basement Chambers, 1010 10th St., Modesto, where the board will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of a Negative Declaration for the ConAgra permit application.
Budget cutbacks have affected school districts throughout the state. Smaller districts have been especially vulnerable because of smaller operating budgets, but the Valley Home Parent Teacher Club (VHPTC) has come up with a creative way to raise some extra funds needed for the school.
Fourth grade students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have been learning about the life cycle of Chinook salmon and the lessons recently ramped up with a Salmon Day educational field trip to the Stanislaus River and information center in Knights Ferry.
Staff Sergeant Joe Evans met with second graders at Sierra View Elementary School recently, in honor of Veterans Day, and told them about his experiences in the service and the sacrifices made by him and his family, as well as others who serve in the military.
Oakdale High School science teacher Cameron Nickerson and French teacher Jessica Lawrence have taken up a cause for student safety. The two are circulating petitions on the high school campus, one for staff and one for students, to enhance the safety at the Bryan Avenue and F Street intersection crosswalk.
I recently took my first trip to Las Vegas. Astonishing, I know. Pretty much everyone has been to Vegas. It's hard to believe that it's taken me this long. I have traveled quite a bit, starting when I was fairly young, but somehow never made it to Vegas.
The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors expressed concern for the district and farmers in the Ag Improvement District 48 during a lengthy discussion about issues regarding the "Reinvestment Project Area" (RPA) in Riverbank at the Nov. 3 regular meeting.
Sierra View Elementary School Parent Teacher Club (SVEPTC) hosted a "Tricks & Treats Family Night" on Oct. 29 at the school that offered Sierra View families the opportunity to dress up, play games and collect sweet treats in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.