Anthony Davila, brother of Adolfo Jr., (wearing a red baseball jersey and hat) is embraced by his step father Mario Sanchez during the celebration of life event. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Benito Lifestyle

Fundraiser for son of recently killed local athlete draws a crowd

Wrestler Adolfo Davila Jr died April 5 of gunshot injuries.

Local students enrolled in YMCA's Excel Beyond the Bell program participated a kindness campaign—spreading positive messages around Sunnyslope School. Photo courtesy of YMCA of San Benito County.

Children and Youth

Excel Beyond the Bell continues helping families

YMCA program gives San Benito County students a place away from home to participate in distance learning.

Marguerite Maze Middle School. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District returns to in-person instruction April 12

Families have the option of sending their children back to school in a hybrid format or to continue with full distance learning.

Severinsen Street resident Jason Rianda stands in front of his home. Photo courtesy of Jason Rianda.

San Benito Lifestyle

Severinsen Street lights fuel the holiday spirit

Hollister residents spread joy by decorating for Christmas.

Ladd Lane Elementary School. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD considers reopening to small on-campus cohorts in spring

Plan would require willingness of students and teachers to return to in-person instruction.

RO Hardin Elementary School in the Hollister School District. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

News

Hollister School District campuses to remain closed

Trustees will again consider reopening in a January meeting, taking into account positive test rates, new case rates and vaccination availability.

Teacher Kellie Sabaska instructs students from home. Photo courtesy of Kellie Sabaska.

Education / Schools

Distance learning from a teacher’s perspective

Some HSD instructors say they’d rather continue with remote instruction.

Baler Community Service Program founder Faith Fernandez next to the 12 barrels of nonperishable food collected by a recent canned food drive. Photo courtesy of Faith Fernandez.

Education / Schools

Baler Community Service Program brings student volunteers to nonprofits

Recent canned food drive with Community FoodBank yielded 1,200 nonperishable items.

R.O. Hardin Elementary School. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD Board hears report on student mental health

Director of Student Services Kip Ward highlights hiring of social worker.

Spring Grove students are socially distanced in class on first day back to in-person instruction. Photo courtesy of Spring Grove.

Education / Schools

Spring Grove School open for in-person instruction

With split a.m. and p.m. cohorts, 709 students return to the classroom.

El Nopal Bakery owner Frankie Berlanga takes a fresh batch of pan de muerto out of the oven. Photo courtesy of Frankie Berlanga.

San Benito Lifestyle

A sweet treat for the dead

El Nopal Bakery serves up pan de muerto and pumpkin conchas in time for Dia de los Muertos.

The homes decorated for Halloween on Severinsen Street in Hollister look great day or night. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

San Benito Lifestyle

Halloween on horizon for San Benito County

While the pandemic has changed how the spooky holiday will be celebrated this year, there are still several events planned in the coming days.

Ashley Neuman helps daughter Addyson, a second grader at Cerra Vista, with distance learning while her other children look on. Photo courtesy of Ashley Neuman.

Education / Schools

Parents want input on when to reopen Hollister schools

Mothers share how distance learning has impacted their children.

RO Hardin Elementary School in the Hollister School District. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD schools to remain closed through December

Trustees vote 4-1 in support of Superintendent Diego Ochoa’s recommendation.

Hollister School District Trustee Area 4 candidates Lisa Marks and Rob Bernosky.

Education / Schools

Election 2020: Hollister School District, Trustee Area 4

Robert Bernosky and Lisa Marks campaign during switch to district representation.