Photo provided by Hollister Rotary.

Education

Hollister Rotary awards $28,000 in scholarships to San Benito County grads

Largest amount allocated in the club's existence.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Office of Education kicks off summer reading challenge

Reading challenge aims to prevent summer slide by encouraging children to read and awarding prizes for most words read.

Photo provided by Council of San Benito County Governments.

Children and Youth

Kids at the Park promotes healthy lifestyle

Event to celebrate growth of children by providing more than 40 interactive learning stations.

Serena Garcia points to other graduates as she walks down the stage after receiving her diploma. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Schools

SBHS graduates sent off with fireworks

Thousands attend first and possibly last graduation at new multi-purpose field.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Free summer lunch program for youth starts with June 10 BBQ

San Benito Health Foundation program will run from June 11 to July 26.

The view from the podium at the 2019 San Benito High School graduation. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Staying safe on graduation weekend

First responders discuss dangers, offer tips to students and parents.

The 2019 foster family appreciation dinner hosted by Gavilan Chapter Kinship Center at Jardines de San Juan. Photo provided by Kathy Tiffany.

Children and Youth

Third annual foster family appreciation dinner

Dinner served as a thank you to the families who foster vulnerable youth in San Benito County.

Protesters speak with onlookers outside of the San Benito County Public Health Services office during a May 31 protest. Photos by Heather Graham.

Health

Protesters picket public health department over vaccine exemption bill

Parents oppose SB 276, saying it puts medically fragile children at risk.

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Schools

The music of his life

When Joe Ostenson came to Hollister in 1965 to teach music, he believed he would stay one year before moving on. Fast forward to 2019 and after a 45-year career with the Hollister School District, Mr. O as people fondly call him, is still teaching music. Asked what kept Ostenson in Hollister all those years,

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ASB Vice President Ian Sills (right) said, “I would like to thank the Kelly Freitas Memorial Scholarship for helping me pursue my educational endeavors.” Photo courtesy of Manny Freitas.

Schools

San Benito High seniors receive $275K in scholarships

Residents Manny Freitas and Ian Sills discuss the cost of college and helping local students reach their dreams.

Recreation & Sports

Students participate in four-wheel drive safety clinic

Course at Hollister Hills tailored to teach off-road driving safety.

Children and Youth

San Benito LULAC Council #705 goes to 2019 state convention

Local youth council attended state convention from May 17-19.

Seventh-grader Robbie Bedolla poses with mom Tracy, who is a math and science teacher at Rancho San Justo Middle School. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Middle school makes math fun

Rancho San Justo hosts first Family Math Night with interactive stations and take-away games.

Head Start Site Director Rocio Urbina-Litle, head teacher Amalia Saldana, family advocate Maria Corchado, family advocate Celeste Rivera and Director of Early Learning Services Antonio Fuentes. Photos by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

New Head Start site to open in August

The $1.8 million facility will help prepare preschool children for elementary school.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks at the centennial celebration of the San Benito County Free Library. Photos provided by the San Benito County Free Library.

Children and Youth

San Benito County Free Library celebrates centennial

Library first began in the basement of the old county courthouse.