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The 190 participating members of the U.S. House of Representatives announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge recently. Over the last four months, thousands of students coded original apps as part of district-wide competitions. The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students in coding and computer science. In all, 190 Congressional districts across 42 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents. Congressional participation was widespread and remarkably bipartisan.

On Nov. 4, two students at Alameda High School, brothers Patrick and Andrew Nguyen, organized “Warmth in the Winter,” a music and dance benefit concert. The event, which took place at St. Philip Neri’s O’Brien Hall, included youth from across Alameda. Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer was there along with many other atendees. Donations, totaling more than $2,500, were used to purchase sleeping bags for the homeless in Alameda.

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.” 

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