E-News: Dec. 11, 2012

In the Spirit of the Season
The Interact Club at James Logan High School raised and donated $600 to the New Haven Schools Foundation, toward the Foundation’s $100,000 pledge to help save co-curricular and extra-curricular activities at District schools.
“Our club of about 50 students worked very hard to raise this money,” Logan teacher and club advisor Julie Curson reported. “I'm so proud of them!”
The Centralized Enrollment Center, which quietly has been stocking a food pantry for underprivileged New Haven families, is collecting donations of non-perishable items to make available for the holidays. Monetary donations also are accepted, as well as donations of school supplies (paper, pens, colored pencils, crayons, folders, backpacks, etc.) and personal items (laundry supplies, shampoo, tooth brushes, etc.).
The CEC is in the annex to the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. For more information, contact Blanca Snyder (bsnyder@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
Conley-Caraballo High School students and staff also are holding a holiday food drive, teacher Joshua Straley reports. Donations of non-perishable food items can be made to any room at CCHS, 541 Blanche St., Hayward, and the school will forward all donations to local food banks. For more information, contact Mr. Straley (jstraley@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
“Let the Good Times Roll”
"Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler" (“Let the Good Times Roll”) is the theme for the New Haven Schools Foundation’s second annual “Casino Night” Saturday, Feb. 2. Guests will “ride a Mississippi riverboat” on an evening of dining and “gambling” sponsored by the Foundation.
Tickets, priced at $100, include a gourmet southern buffet dinner and espresso cart, beverages and $1,000 in casino chips to play blackjack, roulette and other games. A separate Texas Hold 'Em tournament also is scheduled this year. VIP packages and sponsorship opportunities also are available.
The event, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, will be at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. For more information or to request an invitation, contact NHSF Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle (471-3850 or info@nhsfoundation.org).
Names ’n’ Notes
Volunteer judges are needed for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. forensics tournament Jan. 18-20 at James Logan High. No experience is needed. To help, contact Florence Graham (florence.graham@att.net or 589-3519).
… Logan Hall of Famer Nkosinza Balumbu, a two-time state triple jump champion who went on to win All-America honors at the University of Arkansas and has twice competed in the U.S. Olympic trials, will host a series of clinics at the high school starting Saturday (Dec. 15). The clinics, open to athletes 10 and older, continue Dec. 22 and Jan. 19 and will cover the long jump and high jump as well as the triple jump. Cost is $20 per session of $50 for all three sessions. For more information, contact Coach Lee Webb (lwebb@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 304-7172). or e-mail Coach Balumbu (nkosinza@yahoo.com). … A miniature golf tournament to raise funds for the track and field team is scheduled Saturday, Jan, 19, at Golfland in Milpitas, assistant coach Gary Muhammad reports. The four-person scramble starts at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $15 per person, and there will be prizes for the top three teams. For more information, contact Mr. Muhammad (garympdx@gmail.com or 467-3059). … Children 4 to 18 can receive a free flu shot at participating Target pharmacies through Dec. 31. For New Haven residents, the nearest Target is at 2499 Whipple Rd., Hayward, on the Union City border, where the pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who must sign a consent form. The “Shoo the Flu” program is sponsored by the Page Family Foundation. … New Haven families are invited to a “Snow Day” sponsored by DeVry University on Saturday (Dec. 15). Snow will be brought in to cover the courtyard at the DeVry campus, 34793 Ardentech Ct., Fremont, and children also can visit Santa and his workshop. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.