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Children and Youth

San Benito LULAC receives Ford Driving Dreams grant

$10,000 awarded to help SBHS and San Andreas students graduate on time and be prepared for college.

Custom Fundraising Solutions San Jose owner Sam St.Germain (right) listens to a potential customer at the Aug. 25 mattress sale at SBHS. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Schools & Education

Mattress sale raises money for SBHS band program

Event nets $2,800 to help with future competitions and purchases.

Monica and Raymond Rodriguez will be honored as the 2019 YA Change Makers. Photo provided.

Events

Youth Alliance to host Change Makers

Three community leaders to be honored.

Operation Youth Power. Photo provided.

Nonprofits

San Benito GIVES: Youth Alliance

YA provides after school programs, youth leadership development, school based counseling, teen parent advocacy, and works with local school systems to try to incorporate restorative justice in schools.

Partnership for Children helps children like Ava get services they need. Photo provided

Nonprofits

San Benito GIVES: Partnership for Children

Working to increase access to medical care for children living with serious illnesses and support their families.

The San Benito High School Board of Trustees at an Aug. 27 meeting, where they heard from parents and a special education teacher about alleged inappropriate behavior in a classroom. Photos by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS trustees hear criticism over alleged inappropriate behavior

Parents and a special education teacher voice dismay with school board and administrators.

Parents and educators held signs in silence at the SBHS board meeting on Aug. 14 as speakers spoke of their concerns about alleged incidents in a special ed classroom. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS parents and educators speak out on allegations of inappropriate behavior

Special education leader vows to advocate for students who cannot speak for themselves.

Attendees tour the new classroom after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Chamberlain’s opens new classroom

Keith Thompson Non-Public School serves students with complex needs.

SBHS Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he wanted an opportunity for the district to share with Benitolink as much about the investigation as possible. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

SBHS superintendent discusses claims of inappropriate behavior in special ed class

Parents have heard allegations of nude photos, a porn video, foul language and bullying, and school administrators say they can't share what actually occurred.

Professors and teaching assistants introduce students to 8th grade algebra. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Ten years of algebra excellence

Middle schoolers learn from professors and develop teamwork skills at weeklong Algebra Academy.

Lilla Bell weaves through a series of poles on her horse in the 14-18 year old pole bending division at San Benito County Fair's Junior Rodeo in 2017. Bell will compete at the Gilroy Rodeo this weekend. Photo by Joshua Miller.

Agriculture

SBC locals gearing up for Gilroy Rodeo

Numerous county residents are competing.

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors learn about nature and the environment during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend on July 13-14. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast hike state parks

Scouts Love State Parks weekend gets local girls outdoors.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Children and Youth

Hollister School District adopts cell phone policy change

New policy requires students to turn off their devices and put them away (and out of sight) for the day.

Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico performing at a July 20 competition in Morgan Hill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister-based mariachi group plays in its first competition

Despite nerves, Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico enjoys performing for a big crowd in Morgan Hill.