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.

San Benito High School. Photo courtesy of SBHS.

Education / Schools

Sports set to return to San Benito High School

Fall season could start as soon as Jan. 16.

Mickie Luna and her family take a break from making tamales to take a picture prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Mickie Luna.

Schools & Education

Former Hollister Councilwoman raises funds for caps and gowns

Mickie Luna uses an old family tamal recipe to help the community.

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.

San Benito High School senior Nicole Miller recently signed to play beach volleyball with Concordia University. Photo courtesy of SBHS.

Sports & Recreation

SBHS senior signs to play beach volleyball in college

Nicole Miller signed with Concordia University at a Dec. 4 ceremony.

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.

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park interpreter Marcos Vizcaino in the Plaza Hotel Saloon with an antique clock. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

SJB State Historic Park turns to virtual lessons for elementary schools

Fourth graders learn about the crafts and skills of 19th-century California.

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

Education / Schools

BL Special Report: Students falling through the cracks

Over a three-year period, disabled students in San Benito County dropped out at more than twice the rate of the general student population.

SBHS world history instructor Frank Perez teaching in the classroom pre-pandemic. Photo courtesy of Frank Perez.

Schools & Education

SBHS teacher contributes to genocide guidebook

Frank Perez’s approach helps other instructors explore a difficult subject.

Sunnyslope Elementary School’s Library Media Specialist Stephanie Aguilar distributing books. Photo provided by Joseph Rivas Jr.

Schools & Education

Books getting distributed at Sunnyslope Elementary School

Stephanie Aguilar, the school's library media specialist, is getting books into the hands of students.

Aiden Castaneda. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

Racing to build a running track at San Juan School

Students and community team up to raise funds.

Tyler Bennedetti, a Cal Poly SLO student from Hollister. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bennedetti.

Schools & Education

Pandemic grounds college students in San Benito County

Despite feeling bored and distracted, they would rather stay home for classes than attend in person.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Schools & Education

Gavilan College President to hold virtual Coffee and Conversations

In previous years, meetings were held at local cafes in each city in the district, but have now moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.