Downtown Rally, a time-honored tradition at which Hayward High School students parade through downtown before returning to campus for the annual homecoming pep rally, returns Oct. 18.

The rally, which has taken place every October for decades, was grounded last year after Hayward police, who were responding to an emergency call elsewhere in the city, could not escort the students during their parade. Instead, for safety reasons, the band, homecoming floats and students dressed in class colors paraded around the school campus before the pep rally in the school's gym.

Hayward High Principal George Bullis said staff members believe Downtown Rally has been taking place for 81 years. This year, it will leave the East Avenue school about 1 p.m.

Yard sale to benefit after-school program

All proceeds from a yard sale on Saturday will go to Brier Elementary's "Mad Science" after-school program, which encourages students to learn more about science.

The program is part of Mad Science of the Bay Area, a Fremont-based enrichment organization that aims to spark learning by using hands-on, interactive activities to teach students what science is really about and how it affects the world around them.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brier campus, at 39201 Sundale Ave., near Bidwell Drive.

It is sponsored by GiveTeens20, a nonprofit charity dedicated to helping students choose a career path and providing resources to help them pursue their goals.


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Yard sale prices will start as low as four items for $1, but high-value items also will be offered, event organizers said.

For more information, contact Kathy Laidlaw at 510-299-4955 or kathy@giveteens20.org.

Sixth-graders receive tablets, Internet

Oakland Military Institute, a public charter school where 83 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged, received a gift of 130 tablet computers and free wireless service from Sprint.

The gift cost the company $100,000. Superintendent Mark Ryan said the school will teach students and parents how to use the tablets before they take them home.

Union City program gets financial boost

The Union City Kids' Zone, a program that provides social services for students and families in financial need, has received a $25,000 grant from a San Francisco charity.

The grant, which was awarded by the San Francisco Foundation, will go toward an education programs in Union City's Decoto district.

The Kids' Zone is a partnership between East Bay social service agencies and the New Haven Unified School District, home to 3,000 students who attend 11 campuses and an adult school in Union City and South Hayward.

Last year, the Kids' Zone launched learning centers at Searles and Emanuele elementary schools and Chavez Middle School, where academic support and enrichment activities operate daily from the time of school dismissal to 6 p.m.

Its other programs include parent education and early childhood services for Spanish-speaking families, as well as youth development and leadership projects at the Union City Teen Center.

Homeroom is a weekly roundup of news from schools in Alameda County.