Schools

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) has named Beatrice Levy the school’s 2017-2018 Poet Laureate. The school made the announcement at Prisms’ annual Evening of Readings and Music. Prisms is the school’s literary art magazine. 

English workshop teacher Elizabeth Norris noted that she’s had Levy in mind as a potential Poet Laureate since she taught her in the sixth-grade poetry workshop. That same workshop opened a new world for Levy. 

School on site of Alameda High burned in one of city’s worst fires

In 1879, Alameda students started attending a new elementary school on Alameda Avenue near Oak Street. The members of the board of trustees who oversaw education in the city chose to name the school to remember one of their late colleagues Nathan Porter, a former board member who went on to serve in the State Senate. Porter had passed away on Jan. 7, 1878. 

 

The Alameda Boys and Girls Club held its “largest-ever” Kids Night Out event on Nov. 3. The event paired club members with a “buddy” from the community for the evening. The buddies enjoyed rousing games of pool, foosball and oversized “Connect Four” among many other activities. The club describes Kids Night Out as “a wonderful opportunity to meet and socialize with the amazing kids we serve, learn their stories and show them that you care.” 

 

Teens can get a hand creating their first long-form creative writing efforts during National Novel Writing Month at a creative writing workshop just for teens at the Alameda Library. The workshop will help young writers learn how to get started with writing, tips for combatting writer’s block, and how to edit and polish manuscripts. 

Experts on the topic to speak at Alameda Library Nov. 14

College loan debt is ranked second in all consumer debt, behind mortgages. The outstanding student loan debt is nearly $1.3 trillion and continues to grow. Some seven million borrowers are currently in default of their student loans. Knowing these figures helps motivate parents and students to learn proactive strategies they can employ in their own college planning. 

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