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.

Sonne and Laynee Reyna. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

SJB library receives Native American book collection

Laynee Reyna donates over 300 books and 70 field recordings for public use.

Recent SBHS graduate Jonathan Rivera. He plans to attend Hartnell College to join the track and field team. After Hartnell, he wants to go to a trade school to become an electrician. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Schools & Education

Beating the odds to graduate high school

Jonathan Rivera perseveres through dyslexia and ADD.

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.

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.

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.

Anzar High School students Paulo and Zoraya Sexton do their school work during the shelter in place. Photo provided.

Schools & Education

Anzar High students adapt to new instruction format

Anticipating the shutdown helped smooth the transition to remote learning.

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.

San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Schools & Education

SBHS students carry on despite school closure

AP exams, transcripts and picking a college are among top concerns for seniors.

Photo by John Chadwell.

Schools & Education

San Benito County Office of Education working on plan for next school year

District superintendents met April 29 to work on plan for how schools will address student needs.

Graduates at the 2019 San Benito High ceremony. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Schools & Education

San Benito High School students react to a virtual graduation

Students hope an in-person ceremony can take place after the shelter-in-place order is lifted.