Photo courtesy of YMCA of San Benito County.

Children and Youth

YMCA of San Benito County program works to support families during distance learning

Excel Beyond the Bell offers lifeline to working parents seeking help with childcare.

Stadium at San Benito High School. Photo by Julia Hicks.

Sports & Recreation

SBHS football returns to practice, then packs it back in

Sports programs stop all activities and receive revamped sport schedules following county’s inclusion on state COVID-19 monitoring list.

Book drive organizer Kaitlyn Fontaine readies books for distribution to local youth. Photo by Leslie David.

Children and Youth

For the Love of Reading

Thousands of kids’ books collected in drive are redistributed free at local schools.

Photo taken by Emilia Gonzalez from Panoche Elementary School.

Art & Culture

Rural students learn photography amid COVID-19 shutdown

Kirti Bassendine works with Jefferson and Panoche elementary schools on composition and framing.

Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District releases draft plan for reopening

Parents will choose from two models—one bringing students to classrooms twice a week; the other being online only.

Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District holds drive-thru graduations

Vehicles parade through parking lots and Bolado Park as students say goodbye to eighth grade.

Ryan Ruiz and Alexa Flores at the San Juan School 8th grade graduation ceremony on June 10. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Schools & Education

San Juan School celebrates eighth-grade promotions with a parade

33 students receive diplomas in drive-thru ceremony.

Maze Middle School 8th Grade. Photo provided.

Schools & Education

Maze Middle School 8th Grade awards

List of Marguerite Maze middle school in Hollister graduating students with recognition awards for promotion.

Ladd Lane Principal Jeannine Ostoja and Vice Principal Maylani Mahler with a poster highlighting the guiding idea of Capturing Kids' Hearts. Photo provided.

Schools & Education

Six HSD schools get national recognition

Capturing Kids’ Hearts programming focuses on creating a school culture where kids are cared for.

Yvette Fragozo performed live in front of a panel of judges on February 5 in Burbank, California for the television show 'Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.' Photo courtesy of Yvette Fragozo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Local teen singer taking next steps in TV talent show

Yvette Fragozo prepares for quarterfinals for ‘Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.’

El Teatro Campesino actors and performers give an in-class lesson in 2018. With the coronavirus pandemic, the San Juan Bautista-based theater is taking its education program online. All photos provided by El Teatro Campesino.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino brings puppet show online

Educational outreach program continues through video lessons and visual arts.

Still image from "Shootout at Tres Pinos," a three-minute film made by local teens Oliver and Finn Cross.

Art & Culture

Tres Pinos brothers take on 72-hour online film slam

Oliver and Finn Cross, 13-year-old twins, create their own Western movie.

San Benito High senior Nicolas Skardoutos, who is going to University of La Verne to play baseball, practicing in his backyard. Photo provided.

Schools & Education

Balers respond to COVID-19

San Benito High School students share how they are affected during the pandemic.

Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense Director Israel Ramirez with his wife Carmen and daughters Carmen, 14, and Miriam, 8. Photo provided.

Art & Culture

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo amid COVID-19

Two Hollister residents talk about planned festivities and how the pandemic has affected the holiday for them.

Julio Salazar at the State Migrant Parent Conference in 2016 with Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola from UC Davis. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the director of UC Davis' Center for Reducing Health Disparities and professor of clinical internal medicine. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Community member advocates for migrant students

Julio Salazar trains parents on how the school system works.