COUNTY

Schools fighting hunger

Students at Gateway School in Santa Cruz and Twin Lakes Christian School in Aptos are doing their part to feed families in need.

At Twin Lakes, students there made and sold "Hearts for Second Harvest" greeting cards. The youths raised $2,500, an amount that can provide 10,000 meals.

Meanwhile, at Gateway, students there kicked off their school-wide food drive with a recent visit to Second Harvest Food Bank.

From now through December, sixth grade students will give presentations to all K-8 classrooms about the food drive and encourage students, parents and staff to give generously to this cause.

During their visit at Second Harvest, students bagged food for homeless families countywide. The activity provided an opportunity for students to see first hand what happens after their food collection efforts on campus.

For the past three years, Gateway has received recognition for the "Most Pounds Per Capita" in the elementary division. Needless to say, that's their goal for this year's drive.

SANTA CRUZ

Winter Artisan Fair at Westlake

Westlake Elementary's annual Winter Artisan Fair is 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at 100 High St.

Admission is free to the event, which features local artists and their wares, including paintings, sea glass jewelry, purses, vintage jewelry, handmade baby items, American girl clothes, watercolor prints, photography, felters, knitters and goods from Petite Provence, among many more.

There also will be a silent gift auction, a bake sale and plenty of holiday spirit.

The fair is sponsored by the Westlake PTA. Proceeds support vital school programs.

For information, visit www.westlake.santacruz.k12.ca.us.

FELTON

Charter school info night set

The San Lorenzo Valley School District Charter School is hosting an information night 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the SLVUSD Middle School Library, 7155 Highway 9.

The K-12 charter school is a public school that blends home, community and campus-based learning into a personalized education plan to complement diverse learning styles.

The school offers various program options, including homeschooling, where students are connected with a credentialed teacher who facilitates their education. For grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12, the charter school offers hybrid classroom/homeschool options where the students attend ongoing classes up to three times weekly.

For information, call 336-8527 or 335-0932.

CAPITOLA

Dine to support New Brighton

Nov. 27 is Shadowbrook Night for New Brighton Middle School.

When people dine at the restaurant from 5-9 p.m. that evening, 33 percent of their tab goes to the school. Just mention the school's name for the donation to kick in.

To make reservations, call 475-1222.

SANTA CRUZ

Scavenger hunt, open house set

Middle School Students who will be entering 5th through 8th grades at Spring Hill Middle School next fall are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt during an Open House 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Everyone who completes the scavenger hunt will win an iTunes music download card. Also, at the end of the evening, completed forms will be put into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Bookshop Santa Cruz.

The open house begins promptly at 6 p.m. with the scavenger hunt scheduled for 6-6:45 p.m. during a "Meet and Greet." A presentation will follow from 6:45-8 p.m. and the drawing for the grand prize will be at 8 p.m.

In other Spring Hill News, entry assessments for all grades begins in January.

To RSVP for the scavenger hunt and open house or to schedule a tour and learn more about student assessments, contact dianem@springhillschool.org.

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