Starting this afternoon, a relay team for the American Cancer Society will be decorating trees on School Street with purple ribbons while wearing purple clothes to raise awareness and collect money for cancer research.
"The Downtown Team" will leave the ribbons up through Monday evening and will also attend a Stockton Ports game Saturday to help raise money as part of its "Paint Our Town Purple" campaign. The group is encouraging citizens to wear purple and help them spread its message. Purple is the official color for the Relay for Life.
Lodi Council Parent-Teacher Association recognizes school district volunteers
Lodi Council Parent-Teacher Association hosted its annual volunteer recognition brunch Thursday at the Lodi Boys & Girls Club.
More than 180 attended the event, which was conducted to show appreciation of the time, leadership and/or resources that volunteers and PTA members have contributed to Lodi Unified school sites, according to a district representative.
Attendees included volunteers, Lodi Council PTA board members, principals, administrators and elected trustees. The theme for this year's event was "Volunteers make the world go round."
Principals from 37 school sites handed out certificates of appreciation and sang the accolades of their volunteers/PTA members who give hours of help to the schools, teachers and students. Some volunteers wear many hats, from being a crossing guard, noon duty aid and helping out in the classrooms.
Volunteers also help with fundraising activities so that students can attend field trips, have special assemblies/guest speakers, movie nights or purchase computers and equipment, among other things.
The volunteer group at Parklane Elementary School raised enough money for the entire school to visit Lodi's WOW Museum, while John Muir School's association earned $53,000 in cookie dough sales.
Volunteers raised more $100,000 at Manlio Silva School, while those at Joe Serna, Jr. Charter School are raising funds for the construction of a shade structure for the playground since there are no mature trees to provide shade for students when they are at recess.
— News-Sentinel staff
Lodi school founder to speak at Pacific
Don Shalvey, deputy director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder and board co-chair of Aspire Public Schools, has been selected as commencement speaker for University's the Pacific's graduation ceremony.
Shalvey, along with Netflix founder Reed Hastings, is co-founder of the Aspire Public Schools system and currently serves as a board co-chair. The Aspire system was formed in 1998 as the first nonprofit organization to develop multiple charter schools in underserved California communities. It has three such schools chartered by the Lodi Unified School District.
Shalvey has more than 35 years of experience in public education. He has worked as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, classroom teacher, and counselor in all levels-primary, elementary, middle and high schools, college and adult education.
Prior to his current position at Aspire, he was Superintendent of the San Carlos School District in Northern California, a district of approximately 2,600 students and six elementary schools. Shalvey also worked in the Merced School District, a rural district of approximately 11,000 students, and in the Lodi Unified School District, a district of approximately 28,000 students that includes a portion of Stockton.
Shalvey earned a doctorate of education in educational leadership/administration from the University of Southern California, a masters of education in counseling and guidance from Gonzaga University, and a bachelor's from LaSalle College. As part of Pacific's graduation ceremony, he will receive an honorary doctorate.
It starts at 9 a.m. May 15 in the Alex. G. Spanos Center in Stockton.
— News-Sentinel staff
Government buildings fly flags at half staff
Local schools and other public offices flew their flags at half staff Thursday following a request from President Obama.
It was a mark of respect for the memory of the late Dorothy Height, a civil rights leader.
Obama ordered that on the day of her interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, according to the presidential proclamation.
California Farm Bureau backs Brad Goehring
The California Farm Bureau has endorsed Republican Brad Goehring for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton. The San Joaquin Farm Bureau has also endorsed Goehring.