Principal Michael Lin (right) recently ceded control of Carver Elementary School to Eiffel “Zihe” Wang for the day. Wang visited the school’s classrooms before commandeering the PA system to announce five minutes of extra recess for his peers. He also kept order on the playground with a whistle, visited the library and kitchens, and dined with Lin.
The San Marino Unified School District will break ground on its long-awaited Barth Athletic Complex at a ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, June 5.
The ceremony will be at the track and field behind the currently existing gym building at Huntington Middle School. The athletic complex will replace that building to give HMS its first true multipurpose athletic facility.
The $14 million project has garnered substantial donations from residents, most prominently an initial $3.5 million offering from the Barth family, who earned naming rights for the sum. They later pitched in another $2 million toward the project’s debt service if SMUSD does not pay off its financing by 2021.
The Sloan family added a half-million-dollar donation. The Barger family kicked in a $250,000 donation. Other donations include $50,000 from the Weiss family, $50,000 from the William Hurt Foundation and $25,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation on behalf of Pat Haden.
SMUSD has committed $2 million of its own money to the project and anticipates it will use $1.5 million in developer’s fees to pay toward debt service.
The ceremony is expected to last about an hour.
Valentine Elementary School students will be lacing up their sneakers and participating in the Run Your Hearts Out Jog-a-Thon fundraiser on Thursday, May 4. The annual event is a fun and entertaining way to promote health and fitness. Students run or jog to upbeat music on a temporary track set up on the lower field of the school’s campus. Participants with the most laps per grade level will celebrate with a pizza party. Jog-a-Thon co-chairs Colleen McGuinness and Debbie Merryman encourage parents to cheer on their young athletes and to support their fundraising efforts. The proceeds from the Jog-a-Thon support the Valentine PTA and its enrichment programs.
Timothy Wong of Boy Scout Troop 359 completed a garden and landscaping volunteer project for Villa Esperanza Services’ Adult Residential Program as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. The project supports adults and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in Villa Esperanza’s group homes.
Wong installed drought-resistant plants at two Villa group homes after months of careful planning. “I had to figure out what to do, where to do it, find volunteers to help me, fundraise enough money to meet my needs, and plan a date and time to do my project,” Wong said.
Wong’s project has brought color and variety to the front lawns of the Wagner and Wynn homes, where residents can contribute to the care of their new plants, and incorporate fresh tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and broccoli into their meal preparation.
Volunteers interested in supporting Villa’s programs may contact volunteer coordinator Katherine Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carver’s Carnival is coming to town on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It will feature game booths, the Mega Island Obstacle Course bouncer/slide and a talent show. Dining options include Wolfgang Puck and the Go Fusion ’N Grill food truck, as well as a variety of treats: Paradise Drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, churros, and boba and Starbucks coffee drinks. All proceeds from the carnival will help support Carver PTA’s enrichment programs, which include art, music, science, library and technology programs. Visit carvercarnival.com for more information.
San Marino Girl Scout Troop 15121 Cadettes hosted a SWAPS-making workshop at the Hill-Harbison House recently. More than 50 San Marino Girl Scouts from various troops were in attendance. The Scouts enjoyed teaching and learning how to make the traditional Girl Scout craft called SWAPS, which means “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” Girl Scout SWAPS are made to be traded later with other troops at various Girl Scout events.
Brothers Richard and Eric Dong were raised to understand and navigate the complex world of investments and the financial market.
Now, as San Marino High School students, the pair are investing their resources back into their school. Last Friday, they officially signed a $75,000 endowment fund for SMHS as a show of gratitude for their high school experience. The fund also is named in honor of outgoing Principal Mary Johnson for her impact in both boys’ lives. Continue reading “High School Brothers Dedicate Investment Returns to SMHS”
It was nearly a month removed from competition in which Huntington Middle School’s Science Olympiad club collectively placed second at regionals, and the kids were for the first time rocking their medals they had earned. Continue reading “HMS Science Olympiad Club Looking at State Competition”