E-News: Dec. 15, 2009

Searles Students, Staff, PTC Reach Out
Searles Elementary students and staff have been busy reaching out to help the community, Principal Debi Knoth reports. The school held a November food drive that collected six barrels of food that were donated to Centro de Servicios. This month, staff members are serving as “Secret Santas” to provide 71 underprivileged students with an extra holiday gift. And the Parent Teacher Club has purchased books, pencils and bookmarks, as well as fruit and granola bars to be given to all students.
Alvarado, Kitayama Help Disaster Victims
Alvarado and Kitayama elementary schools both held coin drives to raise money for typhoon victims in the Philippines and tsunami victims in Samoa. Alvarado raised $591.14, and Kitayama raised $482.12. Most of the money was donated through a company that pledged to double the amount before sending it on the Red Cross, to assist in rebuilding efforts in both countries.
Logan Students Helping Others
James Logan High School’s annual Winter Canned Food continues through Wednesday (Dec. 16). A container has been set up in the front office for anyone from the community to donate canned/non-perishable food, new toys and money, and students are being encouraged to bring donations to their second-period classes. The three classes that bring in the highest number of donations will be treated to a continental breakfast, Activities Director Francis Rojas reports.
In addition, Logan’s Humanitarian Assistance Club is in the middle of a Hope Phones Campaign, collecting old phones, working or not, to be recycled so that the proceeds can be used to purchase usable phones for community health workers in Africa.
Teachers Help Sponsor Toy Drive and Car Show
The New Haven Teachers Association, in conjunction with the Union City Police Officers Association and the Union City Firefighters Association, will sponsor a “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive and Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 20) at Cesar Chavez Middle School, 2801 Hop Ranch Road. Classic cars will be on display, and the teachers, police officers and firefighters will accept donations of new unwrapped toys, canned good for Second Harvest Food Bank and new and gently used winter jackets for Shelter Network. If you want to contribute but can’t attend Saturday, you can drop off your donations at the NHTA office, 32980 Alvarado-Niles Road, Suite 812, until Friday.
Judges Needed for MLK Tournament
New Haven staff members interested in helping Logan High’s nationally renown forensics program can volunteer to serve as judges for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament, scheduled Jan. 15-17 on the Logan campus. No judging experience is required. More information is available on the forensics team’s website (http://sites.google.com/site/jlhsforensics/), or by e-mailing Florence Graham (Florence.Graham@att.net), Joanne Campbell (Joanne@Campbellclan.com) or Lorrene Ritchie (Lorrene_Ritchie@sbcglobal.net).
Names ’n’ Notes
Today is the final day of the Logan High cross country and track and field teams’ annual fund-raising campaign, selling tickets for a chance to win a holiday tree. Twenty trees in various sizes will be awarded in a drawing at 2:45 p.m. on the Logan track. Tickets, priced at $1 apiece, can be purchased by contacting Coach Lee Webb (304-7172 or lwebb@nhusd.k12.ca.us). … Fourth-grade students at Searles Elementary will present "The Environmental Show" at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 16) in Benny Brown Memorial cafeteria. The play is designed to teach simple ways to cut down on pollution, save water, use less energy and avoid the landfill. The cast will be receiving donations of canned food, blankets or warm coats to be distributed to needy individuals through local non-profit, charitable organizations, teacher Vince Rosato reports. … Former Major League baseball player Aaron Ledesma, who last month was part of the first full class of inductees into Logan’s Athletic Hall of Fame, will held lead a clinic Monday, Dec. 28, to benefit the school’s program. The clinic, for boys and girls ages 8-18, also will feature several other former Logan players who went on to professional baseball careers, including Archie Gilbert, Gabe Garcia, Junior Ruiz, Willie Garza, Gary Alexander and David Flores. Cost is $20 per student and $10 for siblings. For information, contact Coach John Goulding (jgoulding@nhusd.k12.ca.us). ... Members of the New Haven community interested in learning more about and introducing others to wildlife are invited to join the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District’s training program for docents at Sulphur Creek Nature Center. Training, which is offered only once each year, will be on Tuesday evenings starting Jan. 5. Registration is $60. For more information, call 881-6747.