Palma Ceia Elementary School students of the month were treated to an assembly Wednesday featuring entertainers Lori Moitié and RJ Johnson.

The couple, who go by the professional name Lori & RJ, sang upbeat tunes for the 215 students, said Gloria Prada, principal at the Hayward school.

"The songs were all inspirational, telling the students to work hard and never give up on their dreams," she said.

To attend the assembly, the students had to have perfect attendance, excellent behavior, turn in all of their homework on time, perform one hour of community service and achieve excellence in at least one subject, Prada said.

"The district has a Made in Hayward campaign. I want to let the students know that what is required is not just being in Hayward. You have to work hard like they're doing. Being proud of going to a Hayward school means they have to succeed academically," she said.

Hayward school gets new play structure

Park Elementary School students clambered on a new playground structure Wednesday just hours after the last piece was put in place.

The $45,000 structure was donated by Lowe's and Carter's Kids, a nonprofit agency that promotes youth fitness and self-esteem. The Hayward school district also contributed money. It replaces old equipment removed in January during a day of service. Parents, children and staff members joined Cal State East Bay students and employees to spruce up the school grounds.


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"They tore down the old equipment, which was completely rusted," said Principal Aaron Tigerino. "It had a lot of hazards and broken pieces."

On Monday, district workers took out the last of the old structure, and more than 70 volunteers from Lowe's began work on the new equipment. The last pieces were installed at 9 a.m. Wednesday, two hours before the official ribbon-cutting, Tigerino said.

"I'm ecstatic," he said. "This playground truly was a collaborative effort."

The new equipment is for kindergarten through third-grade students. Tigerino has started looking at ways to replace the aging structure used by the school's fourth- through sixth-grade students.

New Haven launching Adopt-A-School

The Tri-City-area business community can help students by taking part in a new program school leaders launched to help Union City schools.

New Haven Unified leaders last month started the Adopt-A-School program to connect businesses' resources to students and faculty, said Arlando Smith, the district's interim co-superintendent and chief academic officer.

"This program provides (businesses) and the school an opportunity to produce educated citizens who contribute to the economic and social health of the community," Smith said. "We need ... to give our students the additional support and resources they need to be successful future workers in the business world."

The district encourages participating businesses and other organizations to help by hosting events that recognize teachers' good work; improving schools' learning environments by sponsoring cleanup days or other campus beautification projects; motivating students by rewarding them with donated prizes or career opportunities; or donating money or supplies to schools.

New Haven Unified serves some 13,000 students at a dozen campuses in Union City and south Hayward.

For more information on how to adopt a school, call Smith at 510-471-1100, Ext. 62611, or by email at asmith@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

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