Photo courtesy of Shoe Palace. Faces have been covered for the youth's privacy.

Education / Schools

Pilot program at SBC Juvenile Hall aims to change youth behavior

Shoe Palace and facility supervisors are encouraged by the results.

Linda Lampe and volunteers help load a truck and a trailer with toys next to Santa Claus to be delivered on Dec. 24. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister Community Outreach distributing toys for the holidays

Local nonprofit seeks donations of boys toys.

An advocate and her CASA child enjoying a visit at Park Hill. Photo courtesy of CASA.


Foster care shortage leads to displaced children

Teens and those with behavioral issues are most likely to be relocated outside San Benito County.

Photo courtesy of Friends of the San Benito County Free Library.

Children and Youth

LULAC Youth partners with San Benito County Free Library on Christmas stockings for low-income kids

Gifts and stockings delivered to those living in farmworker housing at the Villa Luna Apartments.  

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.

Packs pick up by Irma Torrez with CPS. Photo courtesy of the Women's Club of Hollister.

Children and Youth

Women’s Club provides care backpacks to families in need

Items include quilts, clothes and hygiene essentials.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

SBC Boy Scouts cancel Christmas tree pick-up service due to COVID-19 concerns

Scout executive team decided to hold off on annual service after recent rise in cases coupled with the local stay-at-home order.

Jack Preader with family. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Children and Youth

11-year-old boy lobbies for disabled accessibility

Jack Preader convinces Hollister to make Frank Klauer Park ADA-compliant.

Patricia Bains, Max Martinez and Sharon Simmon. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan Bautista hosts special mailbox for Santa

Neither rain nor sleet nor COVID-19 will stop letters from getting to the North Pole this year.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

29th annual holiday toy drive for families at Emergency Winter Shelter

Community Action Board and Community Services and Workforce Development have partnered with MB Photography and Ohana Shave Ice to for a photo with Santa toy drive to collect unwrapped gifts.

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.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Boy Scouts to provide contact-free Christmas tree collection service

Scouts will be on patrol within the community to collect trees on Jan. 3, Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.

4-H San Benito County All Stars Mikayla Wenzlik, Samantha Slykas and Meaghan Ricker. Photo courtesy of Mikayla Wenzlik.

San Benito Lifestyle

4-H All-Stars host gingerbread house contest

San Benito County residents invited to submit photos of entries in categories of holiday traditions, open design and 4-H design.

Photo courtesy of Manuel Enriquez.

Art & Culture

Local resident chosen as finalist in national singing competition

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition winners will be announced Dec. 5.