A new club at Mount Eden High School in Hayward is collecting supplies for a Honduran school.

The club, 1000 4 U, shipped more than 400 pounds of books and other materials to the school before Christmas. Its members are now gathering pencils, erasers, colored pencils and scissors, said English teacher Christa Buckley, the club's adviser.

She said that junior Nikaansha Prasad approached her about forming the club, which began this school year and now has 30 to 40 students. "She knew I have a lot of concerns about global equity in education," Buckley said.

The club is working with Global Playground, a nonprofit group that works in developing countries.

The club is hoping at some point to chat with the Honduras students via Skype, but does not yet have the equipment needed, Buckley said.

"My hope would be that we could find a bigger group we could partner with, especially that could help us with technology," she said.

In addition to helping the Honduras students, the Mount Eden students are gaining an awareness of global concerns, which is becoming increasingly important, Buckley said.

And where does the name 1000 4 U come from?

"Every time we reach a thousand things, we'll ship them off," Buckley said.

Anyone interested in donating may contact Buckley at cbuckley@husd.k12.ca.us.

Fremont schools refinance bonds

The Fremont Unified School District has refinanced bonds issued in 2002 and 2004, saving taxpayers about $11.1 million, district officials have announced.

"We are excited to provide our taxpayers with ... additional property tax bill savings," said Larry Sweeney, president of Fremont's school board. "We are committed to using every tax dollar wisely to maintain high-performing schools."

Raul Parungao, assistant superintendent of business services for Fremont schools, is expected to deliver a presentation on the bonds' refinancing at a school board meeting scheduled Jan. 23.

Union City concert to benefit Newtown

The Pilipino American Society for Education is co-sponsoring a benefit concert scheduled Jan. 26 in memory of the victims of the school shooting last month in Newtown, Conn.

The organization is part of the New Haven Unified School District, which serves 13,000 students in Union City and part of south Hayward.

The concert's theme will be "Sharing Aloha: Island Style from California," and will feature performances by several musical groups, including Native Elements, CRSB, Pacific Soul, Island Blend, Ka Nalu and Na Leo Pumehana. The concert will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Cesar Chavez Middle School, 2801 Hop Ranch Road.

Advance tickets are priced at $30, and will include lunch and a beverage. Tickets will cost $40 at the door. For more information, call 510-861-6470 or email jangeles@nhusd.k12.ca.us. All proceeds will be donated to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where police said 20 students and six educators were shot and killed Dec. 14 by a man armed with an assault rifle.

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