Kids Stuff

At noon on International Youth Day, Aug. 12, a somber group of Alamedans stood in unity with hundreds of other sister city affiliates in the United States and at sister cities across the globe. The locals called for compassion, peace and community in the wake of the recent violent acts perpetrated against the cities, families and individuals in Gilroy, Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Tex.

The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has a brand-new logo, thanks to the diligence, insight and creativity of three Alameda High School students. Seniors Talia Grumet, Hailey Jiang and junior Janine Barot developed the logo under the direction of their instructor, Andrea Szeto, in their advanced multimedia art class during the spring semester.

The students made up one of 10 teams that selected local businesses and nonprofits from among a large number of applicants. They then spent the term developing new logos through continuous interaction with their clients.

The Alameda Unified School District offers free or reduced-price nutritious meals to students from low-income families every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or the Afterschool Snack Program. Through June 30, 2020, families with household incomes less than or equal to the federal guidelines are eligible. 

Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay as part of the admissions process for college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Essays let schools learn more about students by giving them a chance to set themselves apart from other applicants. Generally, the more exclusive the college, the more important the essay may be in admissions and financial aid decisions.

Members of the East Hills 4H American Girl and Boy History Club, based in Alameda, collected food and beverages to donate to the Alameda Food Bank recently.

This past year, the 4H Club studied significant periods of American history in conjunction with American Girl historical dolls, books and films. The food drive was inspired by American Girl character Kit Kittredge who grew up during the Great Depression.