A group of 20 San Leandro High School students and a teacher ran a half-marathon this week to raise more than $8,000. The money will go to scholarships, sports programs and the school library.

"This is the third largest amount we've raised," said history teacher Jack Nelson, coordinator of the Jefferson Service Club at the school. The club is part of a national organization that encourages community and public service.

The students collected pledges for the run, which took them down to San Leandro Marina and back to the high school on Monday.

The club will use the money for 10 $500 scholarships. In addition, the library will receive $500 and sports programs about $2,000, Nelson said. Another $1,000 will be donated to West Africa Community Vision, which works to improve living conditions in West Africa.

Schools chief to hold Q&A sessions

Kari McVeigh, superintendent of New Haven schools, will host an informal question-and-answer session for teachers, classified employees and administrators at several schools within the next three weeks. Each after-school session will begin at 2:20 p.m. on:

  • Tuesday, at Hillview Crest Elementary, 31410 Wheelon Ave., Hayward

  • Oct. 23, at Alvarado Elementary, 31100 Fredi St., Union City

  • Oct. 24, at Searles Elementary, 33620 15th St., Union City

  • Oct. 25, at Kitayama Elementary, 1959 Sunsprite Drive, Union City

  • Nov. 1, at Emanuele Elementary, 100 Decoto Road, Union City

    Hayward to dedicate renovated school

    Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, which underwent a massive renovation, will be dedicated Saturday.

    The $31 million work at the school was part of Measure I, a $205 million bond passed by Hayward residents in 2008 to replace some of the district's aging buildings. Martin Luther King Jr. school was built in 1957.

    The expanded school at 26890 Holly Hill Ave. has a new gymnasium, multipurpose room, and new and rebuilt wings. All the classrooms are equipped with new technology.

    The dedication will begin at 10 a.m.

    Fundraiser for Union City schools Saturday

    The Mutt Strut, an annual fundraiser presented by the New Haven Schools Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday morning.

    The event begins with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at Masonic Homes at 34400 Mission Blvd. in Union City. The Mutt Strut, featuring dog owners and their pets walking around the Masonic Homes grounds, will start at 9 a.m.

    Games, music and a dog costume contest will follow the walk. The event is slated to end at noon.

    The cost for an individual to register for the pancake breakfast and walk is $25, while two persons registering together will cost $45. Admission is free for children ages 10 and younger.

    All proceeds will go toward the foundation, which for the second consecutive year has pledged to donate $100,000 to New Haven Unified School District educational programs.

    For more information or to register for the event, contact Barbara Aro-Valle at 510-471-3850 or at baro-valle@nhsfoundation.com.

    Mount Eden band wins sweepstakes

    The Mount Eden band took top honors at the Del Mar Band Review on Saturday in San Jose.

    The Hayward band won grand sweepstakes and first places in parade, drum line, auxiliary, wind symphony and jazz band. Erwin Cuison was second in drum major competition.