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Boys and Girls Club seeks donations

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Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 12:00 am

In Monday's News-Sentinel, donation envelopes for the Lodi Boys and Girls Club on Poplar Street were enclosed.

The club is seeking donations from members of the community so it can remain open through the early part of the summer and offer children a safe place to go during the day.

The News-Sentinel reported on May 1 that the club needs to raise $60,000 or it will be forced to close for several weeks during the early summer. The club serves between 500 and 600 children on a daily basis. For more information, call the Lodi Boys and Girls Club at 334-2697.

Jordan Guinn

Vinewood Elementary School student in state science fair

A Vinewood Elementary School student will compete today against close to 1,000 other students at the California State Science Fair.

To secure a spot, Julie Fukunaga was among the top students who participated in the county science fair. Her project focuses on the effects of multitasking on human memory.

The state event is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout California in grades 6 through 12, serving California's future scientists since 1952. It is hosted by the California Science Center (formerly the California Museum of Science and Industry).

There will be an estimated 960 participants from 394 schools throughout the state meeting in competition for awards totaling more than $50,000, according to the organization's website.

Students representing 32 counties from around the state must first qualify at the regional or county level before advancing to the State Science Fair. The projects span 24 categories — from aerodynamics/hydrodynamics to zoology — in two age divisions and will be judged by a volunteer pool of more than 300 scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education.

Jennifer Bonnett

Lodi Unified School District classified employees recognized

Three Lodi Unified School District classified employees are among those to be recognized today by the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

Mary Patterson, Marjorie Duran and Debra Rouppet will be honored as 2010 Classified School Employees of the Year. There are six from throughout the county.

The Classified School Employees of the Year program is designed to recognize the efforts of the dedicated school support community that is integral to school site operations and the success of students.

Each school district in the county nominated one individual in each of the six categories: child nutrition, para-educator, transportation, office and technical, maintenance and operations, and support services and security. The nominations were then sent to the San Joaquin County Office of Education for review and selections.

Patterson, who won in the child nutrition division, has served as a cafeteria manager at Ansel Adams Elementary for the past 15 years.

Five-year bus driver Duran has was recognized in the transportation category for promoting positive attitudes and discouraging gossip and negativity.

Maintenance and operations' Rouppet has become well versed in aspects of proper tree care and management, according to Andi Kutlik, Lodi Unified's operations supervisor.

Today's formal award ceremony in Stockton coincides with California's observation of the Classified School Employee Week.

Jennifer Bonnett

Tokay recognizes top seniors

Tokay High School will be holding its annual Senior Awards Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Tokay Parent Teacher-Student Association will host light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Seniors who are graduating with honors (3.5 grade-point average and above) or receiving scholarships or awards will be recognized for their achievements.

The event will be held in the school's gymnasium, 1111 Century Blvd.

Jennifer Bonnett

College education fair to be held today

The Central Valley Higher Education Alliance is hosting an education fair today at the Lodi Police Department.

The CVHEA is a cooperative effort among the area's community colleges and four-year universities for the purpose of addressing the education and workforce development needs of businesses. The program provides working adults the opportunity to take quick courses or participate in an accelerated undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Schools represented at the fair will include the University of the Pacific, University of Phoenix, Humphrey's College, National University, ITT, Grand Canyon University, San Joaquin Delta College, DeVry University, California State University, Stanislaus and Heald College.

The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community room. For more information, call Bob Bechill at 946-2424.

Pam Bauserman

Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council to meet Thursday

Patrick Fischer, who recently purchased a 19th-century building at the corner of Highway 88 and Elliott Road, will discuss his plans to fix up the building at Thursday's meeting of the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council.

The council will also hear public safety reports from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the old Lockeford schoolhouse, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.

Ross Farrow

San Joaquin County Board of Education meets this week

The San Joaquin County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting Wednesday.

It is open to the public and begins at noon in the Nelson Administration Center/Board Room, 2901 Arch-Airport Road, Stockton.

Jennifer Bonnett

Seeking springtime food recipes

Do you have a favorite springtime recipe that just hits the spot this time of year? If so, we'd like to hear from you for a future story about spring food. You may send recipes to Pam Bauserman at pamelab@lodinews.com or to P.O. Box 1360, Lodi, CA 95241.

Pam Bauserman

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