San Leandro: Campus paper wins top award

San Leandro High School's student newspaper, The Cargo, has won the "Best Service to the Community" award from the American Scholastic Press Association for 2012.

The award is presented to one school in the U.S. every year. In addition, The Cargo earned a first-place award, along with other schools.

The newspaper also won the national award in 2003 and 2006-08.

"The facets of newspaper work are varied and difficult to master," the judge wrote in a letter to the staff. "Your staff, however, has been able to overcome the difficulties and produce a publication of which your administration and colleagues should be proud. The entire newspaper is an excellent example of service to the community."

Fremont: Irvington High eyes global issue

Irvington High School sophomores hope to raise up to $25,000 to combat global hunger with a charity race Saturday at Central Park in Fremont.

Administrators decided to maximize the school's service effort by pooling the entire sophomore class into a single project, instead of having students pick their own.

The result: A race run by Action Against Hunger, a global nonprofit that combats deadly malnutrition in more than 40 countries.

Students hope 500 people will take part in their Race Against Hunger. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race at 9:45 a.m.

Union City: Foundation awards nine grants

The New Haven Schools Foundation awarded nearly $4,000 in its annual "Innovations in Education" classroom grants last week for special projects that promote learning.

The foundation, in the seventh year of its classroom grant program, funded nine requests, including one from a team of six teachers.

Among this year's winners were Searles Elementary teacher Sharon Gregory, who received $350 for online math resources, and Eastin Elementary School teacher Linda Chew, who received $175 to purchase a microscope and slides for hands-on science.

Cesar Chavez Middle School teacher Teri Gruenwald headed a team of six teachers who received $500 for an online dictionary system that is especially useful for English-language learners.

The foundation has awarded nearly $45,000 in Innovations in Education grants since the 2005-06 school year.

Fremont: Deadline extended in contest

The deadline has been extended to May 14 for high school students to enter the Y-Vote contest sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City.

The contest asks students to create a multimedia project such as a Web page, video, poster, cartoon, ad, song or commentary that encourages youths to vote.

More than $4,000 in prizes will be awarded; group submissions are acceptable. Enter at www.lwvfnuc.org/public/YVOTEentryform2012.pdf.

San Leandro: Chat with schools chief, leaders

Superintendent Cindy Cathey is holding a "Chat About the Schools" session for parents, community members and local business owners from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the lecture hall at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

Trustees will be present for the informal, two-way conversation at which parties can share ideas and concerns about San Leandro schools and ask questions about programs and services available for students.

"It is important to me as superintendent that informal settings are made available to the public to talk with me and board members about things that matter to them," Cathey wrote in a statement. "We are looking forward to talking openly about a wide variety of topics related to the schools."