Educators, workers and involved parents, get ready to thank the academy.

In collaboration with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, the Mt. Diablo Education Association will hold its second "Academy Awards" event from 5 to 9 p.m. May 15 at Centre Concord.

"The purpose of the Academy Awards is to recognize the great work being done throughout MDUSD by teachers, administrators, classified employees, parent volunteers, and volunteer organizations," according to Guy Moore, president of the education association in an e-mail newsletter sent to members. "It is our opportunity to come together as a district community to shine a spotlight on the positive work we all do, which will help change public opinion about MDUSD. Our secondary purpose is to raise seed money to start a foundation to support elementary art throughout MDUSD."

Last year more than 250 came to the event, which was served by culinary students from Mt. Diablo High School. This year, Cindy Gershen of Sunrise Catering and Sunrise Bistro -- who teaches at Mt. Diablo High -- will cater and again culinary students will serve.

The cost is $25 per ticket. For more information go to www.ourmdea.org

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    California Virtual Academies, a full-time, tuition-free online public school, is now accepting applications from students in K-12 for the 2014-2015 school year. CAVA students get individualized instruction both online and offline with state-certified teachers and curriculum.

    CAVA students work with an "Individualized Learning Plan" and the schools offer core subjects, electives and advanced learner programs, as well as opportunities for socialization including clubs, community-based projects and field trips, according to a news release.

    To learn more about online education, there are in-person and online information sessions being held across the state throughout spring and summer. To find out more go to k12.com/cava or contact an enrollment consultant at 866-YOUR-K12.

    Submit School Notes items to enardi@bayareanewsgroup.com. Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.