Students are struggling with distance learning. Photo provided by Youth Alliance.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Keeping youth at the heart of our recovery

Youth Alliance Executive Director Diane Ortiz writes that distance learning does not serve community members equally, and that the community must come together to address issues now.

Children receiving games on Friday. Photo provided by Michelle Perez-Picha.

Children and Youth

Teacher aims to keep most vulnerable kids playing during shelter-in-place

Michelle Perez-Picha at San Juan School gave out puzzles, card and board games.

Gavilan students Cristal Nunez Sedano, Stephanie Perez and Sara Bowman raising funds for the Community FoodBank outside the Briggs Building in Hollister. Photos provided by Shaina Garcia.

Education / Schools

Gavilan students raise money for Community FoodBank

Proceeds from the campaign are donated to the food bank in order to stock up on bulk items.

Gavilan student filmmakers Jazmin Chilin, Samantha Betancourt, Honna Afzal, and Sara Grace Barclay. Afzal won Best Editing. Photos provided by Grant Richards.


Gavilan College hosts annual Student Film Showcase

Gio Silva from Hollister wins Best Director.

Paintings done by Ms. Toste’s Art One students. Photos by Diana Lopez.

Art & Culture

Art exhibition displays student work on San Benito High School campus

Still life drawings, watercolor paintings and more displayed.

Students waiting for the winners to be called at the March 21 STEAM Fair. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


STEAM Fair connects students with science and art

San Benito County Office of Education hosts showcase of exhibits and demonstrations from grades four through eight.

Presenter Tia Martinez began her presentation by telling attendees about her struggles growing up during a March 20 workshop on disrupting the school to prison pipeline. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Workshop details school-to-prison pipeline and how to disrupt it

Solutions come down to creating better relationships.

The cast of Newsies. Front row: Hannah Isom, Sarah Meza, Joey Rasmussen, James Carlo Araza. Second row: Camden Eggers, Corey Dickson, Kiana Medina, Aislinn Barnes, Grace Richards, Nick Rasmussen, Ben Arrington, Jake Hardy. Back row: Tyler Oelrich, Justin Cullumber, Dylan Warner, Bella Donati, Isaiah Ramirez, Nichole Cullumber, Daniel Miskin. Photo by Annette Dickson.

Children and Youth

SBHS Drama Club to put on production of Newsies

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. Performances from March 29-30 and April 4-6.

Parents and students at the first of three workshops related to mental health. The March 7 workshop was hosted by the San Benito High School and Hollister School District Migrant Education programs. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Parents discuss mental health at SBHS workshop

Additional topics will be explored March 13 and April 3.

(From left to right) SBHS Senior Class Vice President Evan Rosales, Student Representative to the Board Faith Fernandez, ASB President Alanah Martinez and ASB Vice President Ian Sills. Photo courtesy of Joe Fernandez.

Children and Youth

SBHS students attend education conference in Sacramento

Attendees present proposals to State Assembly and Senate Committees on Education.

The Baler STRONG Students of the Week from Nov. 5-9. Photos courtesy of San Benito High School.

Children and Youth

Students recognized for displaying Baler STRONG values

STRONG is an acronym for Scholarship, Teamwork, Reflection, Opportunity, Nurture and Growth, representing the core values of San Benito High School.

Briggs Building in Downtown Hollister. File Photo.

Schools & Education

Gavilan College announces free enrollment program

Promise Program waives enrollment fees. Over 300 students qualified this fall.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

High School Students Have Opportunity to Study Abroad

Students are invited to a Sept. 27 meeting to learn more about a trip to Spain in June 2019.

Max Castro works through an algebra problem during the last day of the program. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

San Benito County students take part in Graniterock algebra academy

Looking to get ahead of their peers, students attended the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy. The week-long program was led by regional university professors.

Fontanez family (left to right) Marcello, Fredo, Max and Mikey. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Children and Youth

Backpacks and love send San Benito kids back to school

Over 2,000 backpacks prepped with school supplies for K-12 students during the annual Stuff the Bus event.