Photo provided by Hollister Rotary.

Education

Hollister Rotary awards $28,000 in scholarships to San Benito County grads

Largest amount allocated in the club's existence.

Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he will move forward with a plan to ask the public for names. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education

SBHS board continues discussion on naming facilities

Trustees will seek community input during selection process.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Office of Education kicks off summer reading challenge

Reading challenge aims to prevent summer slide by encouraging children to read and awarding prizes for most words read.

Serena Garcia points to other graduates as she walks down the stage after receiving her diploma. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Schools

SBHS graduates sent off with fireworks

Thousands attend first and possibly last graduation at new multi-purpose field.

Anzar High School senior Jordan Driver focused on art therapy for her graduation exhibition project. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education

Anzar High senior reaches out through art therapy

Jordan Driver’s “Grad X” project helps participants access emotions.

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

Children and Youth

Staying safe on graduation weekend

First responders discuss dangers, offer tips to students and parents.

Liz Pulcheon and Rafaela Espinoza pose with Lucia Ortega. Photo by Heather Graham.

Education

San Benito High School hosts first adult education graduation

A ceremony honoring students who returned to high school to earn their diploma.

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Education

SBHS trustees discuss naming new facilities

Process will resume at June 11 meeting.

Education

Gavilan College holds 99th commencement ceremony

Over 400 graduates cross the stage; speakers offer advice and inspiration.

Schools

The music of his life

When Joe Ostenson came to Hollister in 1965 to teach music, he believed he would stay one year before moving on. Fast forward to 2019 and after a 45-year career with the Hollister School District, Mr. O as people fondly call him, is still teaching music. Asked what kept Ostenson in Hollister all those years,

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ASB Vice President Ian Sills (right) said, “I would like to thank the Kelly Freitas Memorial Scholarship for helping me pursue my educational endeavors.” Photo courtesy of Manny Freitas.

Schools

San Benito High seniors receive $275K in scholarships

Residents Manny Freitas and Ian Sills discuss the cost of college and helping local students reach their dreams.

Seventh-grader Robbie Bedolla poses with mom Tracy, who is a math and science teacher at Rancho San Justo Middle School. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Middle school makes math fun

Rancho San Justo hosts first Family Math Night with interactive stations and take-away games.

Head Start Site Director Rocio Urbina-Litle, head teacher Amalia Saldana, family advocate Maria Corchado, family advocate Celeste Rivera and Director of Early Learning Services Antonio Fuentes. Photos by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

New Head Start site to open in August

The $1.8 million facility will help prepare preschool children for elementary school.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks at the centennial celebration of the San Benito County Free Library. Photos provided by the San Benito County Free Library.

Children and Youth

San Benito County Free Library celebrates centennial

Library first began in the basement of the old county courthouse.

Participating volunteers. Photo provided by Samela Perez.

Children and Youth

Clean-up event at Tres Pinos School a success

Parents, teachers and students volunteer their time despite the weather.