Hayward Unified employees are coming up with creative ways to make sure students get a nutritious breakfast.

A canvas-covered cart, loaded with bright yellow buckets filled with breakfast goodies, is rolled out to the playground during morning recess at four of the district's elementary schools, said Robin Gallagher, director of child nutrition. Any student may grab something to eat.

"We received a grant for nine schools. We will try to roll out the program at all elementary and middle schools next year," she said.

The carts are at Cherryland, Glassbrook, Burbank and Ruus elementary schools. The grant also covers Longwood and Harder schools, but the Fuel for School carts have not started there yet, Gallagher said.

Only 9 percent of Hayward students take part in the district's breakfast program, even though 72 percent qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Since there is no morning break at the middle schools, workers are positioning the carts where students enter Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez and Winton middle schools at the beginning of the day. "We're looking at ways to take the food to the kids. We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day," Gallagher said.

San Leandro administrators earn top honors in the state

Two administrators in the San Leandro Unified School District were named 2013 Administrators of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators earlier this year.


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Song Chin-Bendib, district assistant superintendent of business and operations, was named top business administrator of the year, while James Madison Elementary School Principal Gerhard "Garry" Grotke was named top elementary school principal of the year.

Several of the remaining 19 categories were scooped up by other Bay Area administrators, including the assistant principal of San Mateo High School, Cynthia Rapaido, the assistant director of adult education for Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Brenda Harris, and special education administrator Steve Collins of the West Contra Costa schools.

Lisa Andrew, director of district and school support services for the Santa Clara County Office of Education, won a Valuing Diversity Award, one of five special awards.

Art students from San Leandro shine in congressional competition

San Leandro High senior Sumedh Vedanthi took the top prize this month for the 13th Congressional District in the 31st annual Artistic Discovery High School Congressional Arts Competition. His "As Long As There Is Life" colored pencil drawing will be displayed for a year in a corridor connecting the Cannon House Office Building with the nation's capitol building, officials said. Vedanthi will also attend a celebration for the winners this summer in Washington, D.C.

Fellow San Leandro High senior Pablo Gonzales, who submitted digital photography, finished third and senior Rachel Yu's drawing won a district pride award, officials said. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, honored the 13th district winners at an event in Alameda May 11. The district includes Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro.