On Sunday, there will be an informational meeting for parents on turning Lawrence School into a charter school.
If the school was turned into a charter, it would have a similar organization to Joe Serna Jr. School.
The meeting will include Jeff Thompson, a Lodi Unified School District trustee, Don Shalvey, the deputy director for education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jed Wallace, a representative of the the California Charter Schools Association.
The informational meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, 275 Poplar St.
Lodi Academy raises funds in phone-a-thon
Students from the local Seventh-day Adventist school raised close to $9,000 during a three-day phone-a-thon earlier this week. Lodi Academy students called alumni, as well as friends and family, seeking donations for the school and scholarships.
Teacher Denis Silber said the amount is expected to increase when the school receives letters from 200 participants who wished to send their donations by mail.
Using phones and minutes donated by Verizon Wireless, 13 students spent three consecutive afternoons calling school supporters all over the country. Food was donated by Taco Bell and Subway.
The phone-a-thon ended Thursday and raised $8,740.
Each student participant will receive community service credit toward the 100 hours required for graduation, Silber said. He is already planning next year's event.
Pacific president will attend Clinton event
Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, will attend the third annual-Clinton Global Initiative University, an annual meeting hosted by former President Bill Clinton of college students, college administrators and youth leaders who address global challenges. Eibeck will be accompanied by 15 students from Pacific and Board of Regents member Ron Cordes, who secured the invitation to the conference for Pacific.
The Pacific delegation will be joined by 30 business students from China, who first will visit Pacific for the university's first- ever U.S.-China Social Enterprise Summit. That event is three days of workshops, speakers and discussions about social entrepreneurship and how it can help solve global issues.
The Clinton Global Initiative University invites leaders from campuses worldwide to discuss issues in education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health. At the end of the three days of workshops, the attendees then make pledges to work on a project that will address one of those areas of concern.
This year, guest speakers for the event include former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and pop singer Usher Raymond. Overall, approximately 1,500 students from around the world have been invited to the event, which will be held at the University of Miami. Pacific, with its 15 students, will have the largest contingent of any university at this year's CGIU meeting.
For more information about the U.S.-China Social Enterprise Summit as well as the Pacific Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, visit www.globalctr.org.
— News-Sentinel staff
Demonstrators hit San Joaquin County
A group of educators and public service advocates making a 48-day march to the Capitol in Sacramento arrived in San Joaquin County Friday. Today, "March for California's Future" participants will make their way into Stockton with a public rally planned for Monday.
The diverse group of Californians, including a San Diego community college professor, a Los Angeles probation officer, a Watsonville teacher, a Marina del Rey substitute teacher and a retired Los Angeles teacher started their 365-mile trek in Bakersfield.
Local teachers, students and community members will join the marchers at noon Monday for a rally at San Joaquin Delta College, 515 Pacific Ave. They are protesting cuts to public education, public health and public safety.
The group is scheduled to come through Lodi and Galt mid-week when further rallies are planned, including one at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchins Street Square.
For more information and to follow the marchers, visit www.fight4cafuture.com.
This item was updated at 2:20 p.m. April 12, 2010, to correct the date of the Hutchins Street Square rally.
Seeking creative cupcakes for spring
Spring is in the air, and with that comes flowers, bunnies, chicks and butterflies. Some of these have been used in creating spring cupcakes.