Gagandeep Kaur, a fifth-grader who attends Louis Borchardt Elementary School, took home the first prize for her age category at the 21st Annual Sri Hemkunt Foundation International Speech Contest.
It was held over the weekend in Southern California. Gagandeep's speech was based on Sikh history, culture and religion. To qualify for the final international round, she had to win the local competition and then the zonal competition, according to a press release issued by the sponsoring organization.
The New York-based foundation holds speech competitions for the youth and young adults from ages six to 25. Their mission is to promote the learning of the Sikhism religion through international speech contests.
- News-Sentinel staff
Schools start next week
Students in the Galt Joint Union High School District will start classes Tuesday. This includes those enrolled at Galt High School, Estrellita High School and the new Liberty Ranch High School.
Elementary students head back to school Aug. 24. For more information, visit the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District web site at www.galt.k12.ca.us.
The high school district's web site is www.ghsd.k12.ca.us. There are links to the individual campuses, as well as school calendars and campus bell schedules.
Students who attend Oak View Elementary School in Acampo head back today, while those in Thornton's New Hope Elementary School District start Aug. 20.
Lower Sacramento Road to close for construction
Lower Sacramento Road between the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and the Woodbridge Irrigation District canal will be closed for about three weeks beginning Monday due to construction. The closure includes the intersections at Academy Street and Carolina Street.
Motorists are advised to use Woodhaven/Chestnut streets and east on Mokelumne Street back to Lower Sacramento Road.
Lower Sacramento Road is expected to reopen on Sept. 10, though construction will continue until November. The street will be widened, and sidewalks, storm drainage, street lighting, landscaping and other improvements are planned.
For more information, call 468-3016.
Lodi Unified School District school to benefit from grant
An intersection near Ansel Adams Elementary School in North Stockton is among the projects that will benefit from a Safe Routes to School grant.
Recipients were announced Monday.
The California Department of Transportation awarded $48.5 million for 106 Safe Routes to School projects to help reduce injuries and fatalities among children in grades K-12 who walk and bicycle to school.
The state will install speed feedback display signs along Glacier Point Drive near Ansel Adams Elementary School, which is part of Lodi Unified School District. Similar measures will also be taken at Lincoln Elementary School and John Williams Elementary School, both located in Stockton. The state will fund $89,100 of the total $99,000 project cost.
Other projects include constructing new crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks and bicycle paths; and installing new signs, striping and pedestrian countdown signals. Caltrans chose each safety project based on need, its effectiveness and how quickly it could be delivered, according to a press release issued by the agency.
To date, the state program has awarded $243.5 million for safety projects, and the federal Safe Routes to Schools Program has awarded $91.5 million.
More information on county Web site
Individual members of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors have added information about upcoming meetings important to them and county issues to the county Web site.
To view the new information, visit www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/
board and click onto the name of each of the five supervisors.
New program for school pathologists available
The San Joaquin County Office of Education is working with University of the Pacific to design an evening program for individuals interested in pursuing a Speech-Language Pathology career in a school setting.
The program is for working adults that have a Bachelors degree in any field. Courses are offered two-evenings a week for 30 months. The completion of the program will result in a Masters Degree, credential and California state license, and all participants will be employed full-time as Speech-Language Pathology Intern during their final year.
Classes are scheduled to begin in January.
For information, attend one of two meeting at the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center, University of the Pacific, 757 Brookside Road, Stockton. Meetings are scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 9.
- News-Sentinel staff
Searching for oldies but goodies
Do you have an old family recipe that is a long-time favorite? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the second edition of recipes from the past. The response was so good last time, we had to ask for more. Recipes must be at least 50 years old. You may send recipes along with information about its connection to the past to Pam Bauserman at email@example.com or to P.O. Box 1360, Lodi, CA 95241.