DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL swimmers went the extra mile — literally — for a recent special fundraiser. Last week, the Antioch swimmers held a swim-a-thon to benefit the families of Oakland's four slain police officers. Members of the varsity and junior varsity swim and diving teams had hoped to make $3,000.

WISE-OLD PROJECT: David Knittel has combined his two passions: reading and science. And, Byron Union School District is benefiting from it.

The Discovery Bay Boy Scout (Troop 514) is working on his Eagle Scout Project. On May 30, he'll host "The Wise Owl Book Fair" in Timber Point Elementary School's gym. The event will include a donated book sale, a book mark-making station, costumed story tellers, a featured author, milk and cookies and owl cupcakes for sale and an owl-facts display board.

Money and donations will be used to build owl nesting boxes and buy wireless motion activated cameras for the district's three schools: Timber Point and Discovery Bay elementary and Excelsior Middle schools. David is accepting monetary and book donations for the event. Donations may be dropped off at any of the school offices. Timber Point is at 40 Newbury Lane in Discovery Bay. For more information, call the school at 925-634-4369, or e-mail David at knittelk@sbcglobal.net

NAME GAME: If they build, they will come. But, first they're going to need a name.


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Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Merrill Grant wants the community to name the new theater at Edna Hill Middle School. The facility, which features 295 seats and band and drama classrooms, is nearly complete. Since the building was funded by voter-passed Measure B, Grant thinks the public should select the name, too. Edna Hill Principal Kirsten Jobb is on the name-selecting committee and hopes the community and Edna Hill students will be involved.

The building can be named after an individual who has contributed to the community at a local, state, national or international level, or named a place or event of significance associated with the school or its location.

Nominations are due by April 24 and need only include your name and your suggestion for the theater's name. There is no official form to fill out. A list of nominations will be compiled and submitted to the selection committee, which will make a decision this summer.

According to BUSD Chief Business Official Scott Anderson, the new theater will be nearly three times the size of the existing Bristow Community Theater. The $13 million building is expected to be completed in December, with students scheduled to use it by January.

Mail your nomination to the BUSD office, 255 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood, CA, 94513, or e-mail your suggestion to Gayle Crockett at gcrockett@brentwood.k12.ca.us. For more information, call 925-513-6300.

THE SUN WILL COME OUT: Middle school students in Byron Union School District are set to hit the stage with "Annie" next month. The sixth- through eighth-graders will perform the musical at 7 p.m. May 5-9 at Excelsior Middle School, 14301 Byron Highway in Discovery Bay. A matinee performance is also set for 3 p.m. May 9. Tickets are $8 adults; $6 students and seniors who are 62 and above. For more information, call 925-634-5120.

D.C. BOUND, TAKE 3: They're at it again. Excelsior Middle School hosts its third car wash fundraiser from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25 at Ace Hardware, 8900 Brentwood Blvd. The event will benefit this summer's eighth-grader field trip to Washington, D.C. and New York. Students attending this grand field trip must pay their own way, so this car wash helps ease the financial costs. For more information, call 925-634-2128.

SPRING FLING: Freedom High's California Scholarship Federation hosted a Leap into Spring event for children recently. The event included siblings, neighbors and cousins for a spirited afternoon of spring-time fun in the Oakley school's multi-purpose room. Activities included face painting, an egg hunt, cookie decorating, coloring, bean-bag toss, finger painting and a picture with a bunny. Admission was free for the annual event but attendees were asked to donate canned food, which will benefit a local needy group. In addition to Leap for Spring, the group also hosts a Halloween event.

In other Freedom news: Students raised $542.25 during its Pennies 4 Patients drive, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The class with the most money was Alex Dalida's third-period class with $85.10; second place went to Cindy Banducchi with $44.20 and the best decorated box was from Scott Wilgenbush's group. All the decorated donation boxes are displayed in the school's library. For more information on these programs, phone 925-625-6900.

School Bell is compiled by Trine Gallegos. If you have news you'd like to share in the column, e-mail Trine at her new address: trineg@att.net. You can also contact Judith Prieve at jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com.