While the community is likely aware of the many awards that came to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District during the 2011-2012 school year, seeing all those achievements listed together in one place really emphasizes the level of accomplishment.
Oakdale FFA members Caitlynn Hartzell and Harlee Burtschi, along with Orange Blossom 4-H members Carley Azevedo and Jakob Burtschi returned with championship awards, and some crowns, from the California Nevada Junior Hereford Association field day held June 15-17 in Angels Camp.
Sending kids off to camp for the summer without them ever leaving town is easier than it sounds. Oakdale's Super Summer Camp keeps children in kindergarten through sixth grades engaged in fun activities, field trips, and learning opportunities five days a week.
A late spring trip showcased the natural beauty of the nation's oldest national park for a small group of Oakdale Junior High School students, teachers, and chaperones, offering them a firsthand experience with mountain wildlife and geological wonders.
With concerns that the Leo Volz Scholarship Fund could be in danger, the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees held a discussion on options on how to deal with financial changes in the scholarship fund's balance and the fund's investment firm. The fund was established in 1996-97 to provide full tuition and books scholarships, paid for through the fund's interest income, to Oakdale High School seniors who represent the most outstanding, well-rounded students in their class.
Super Summer Camp, offered by Oakdale Joint Unified School District, is kicking off for the second year on Monday, June 4. When the City of Oakdale decided to stop operating the program, the school district took over the summer recreation program for children and added a few extras.
In an effort to stop trouble before it starts, 100 adult and high school student volunteers came together to help with an "ounce of prevention" at the Drugstore Project event on May 16 for approximately 800 fifth and sixth graders in the school district.
With more than $120,000 in pledges and donations for scholarships this year, 105 seniors from Oakdale High School turned out for the 44th Annual Scholarship Night program at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on May 8.