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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hazel Hawkins Hospital labor and delivery department staff Ruth King, Rebecca Sherwood and Allison Griffin stand with Spring Grove teacher and Kindness Club Director Julie Neff. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Spring Grove teacher spreads kindness to essential workers

Julie Neff delivers food to those on the local frontlines of the pandemic.

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Caroline Perry, a student at Ladd Lane, working on school work at home. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Sheltered at home, San Benito students study with homework packets

Schools in Hollister send out review work each week on math, science, reading and art.

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Emotional support dog calms kids at Sunnyslope Elementary School

Perla, a five-year-old English Labrador retriever, is every student’s friend.

San Benito High School administration building. Photo provided by SBHS.

Schools & Education

San Benito High School postpones 8th Grade Parent Nights

School said all other campus events, including sporting events and Saturday’s dance, remain scheduled as planned, but could be postponed or cancelled pending further guidance from health officials.

Kathy Larabell, Geoff Holland, Anthony Del Real, Jeanne Ramos, Merrigrace Montoya, Dewsina Young, Sherry Jones, Mary Beth Edwards, Mary Castellano and Amy Holland. Photo provided.

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Retired teachers hand out grant funds

$100 grants for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Rebecca Jackson performs at San Benito High School for the Violins of Hope project. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Violins of Hope shares a Holocaust survivor’s story and sounds

SBHS students learn about the late David Arben and his journey from concentration camp prisoner to performing musician.

Ginger Ross, Janet Mayou and Bronson LoBue. Mayou came up with the idea of feeding breakfast to all Tres Pinos School students. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Schools & Education

Tres Pinos School working to bring back breakfast program

Filling ‘a great unmet need’ led to improved academic achievement.

Kindergarteners at Sunnyslope Elementary build towers out of straws and marshmallows. Photos by Kaitlyn Fontaine.

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Saturday Scholars sees students focus on STEM projects

Sixth day of instruction helps children in the Hollister School District with absences.