February 24, 2006

Community Notes:

Rice Elementary School Principal Emiko Nakamura and Lisa Rivera, Chula Vista WalMart Store Manager, presented the Machado family with a new computer as a result of their participation in the school’s 350 Club, which helps students prepare for the California Standards Test.

Clear View Charter School Receives $2,500 Award

Clear View Charter School in the Chula Vista Elementary School District announced today that Best Buy has awarded a $2,500 Te@ch award to the school for integrating interactive technology into the curriculum. The funds will be used to enhance the technology benchmark projects that students create. Students in each grade level complete projects demonstrating their learning in fun and interesting ways while developing technology skills at the same time. The activities are designed so that the project for each successive grade will build upon the project and skills developed in the previous grade. “With this award, we will purchase a state of the art projector and laptop for students to use when sharing multimedia presentations,” stated Sherrol Stogsdill-Posey, principal at Clear View Elementary.

Best Buy started the Te@ch Program to reward schools that creatively integrate interactive technology into their curriculum. All accredited, public and private non-profit elementary, middle, and secondary schools located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store were eligible to apply. Awards of $2,500 were given to nearly 1,200 schools to sustain or enhance existing educational programs. “This award will help our students practice essential public speaking skills in realistic context as they present their multimedia projects with others,” stated Amber Goslee, fifth grade teacher.

Paula Prahl, VP of Public Affairs for Best Buy stated “Teachers across the country are using technology in new and creative ways and Best Buy wants to support and recognize their efforts to make learning fun and easy.”

North County Communities Receive Free Income Tax Assistance

Community HousingWorks (CHW), a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping people move up in the world, is hosting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Campaign in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As part of the San Diego Family Asset Building Coalition, Community HousingWorks’ will help potential eligible tax payers get their hard earned money back through the Earned Income and Child Tax Credit. What makes this program more inviting is that it is free of charge for low- to moderate-income ($35,000 and below) taxpayers who cannot prepare their own tax returns. To schedule your appointment please call or stop by at:

* Poway VITA Site Coordinator: Jesse Stevenson (858) 486-8420, Hillside Village Learning Center 12979 Community Road, Poway, CA 92064

* Escondido VITA Site Coordinator: Chris Kane (760) 432-6878 Ext. 608 Community HousingWorks 1820 S. Escondido Blvd., Suite 101, Escondido, CA 92025

* Fallbrook VITA Site Coordinator: Olivia Lazaro (760) 432-6878 Ext. 308

Fallbrook View, 901 Alturas, Fallbrook, CA 92028

After scheduling your appointment with Community HousingWorks VITA site, please bring the following to your scheduled visit:  Valid picture ID; Copy of 2004 tax return (if you have it); Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) for you, your spouse and any children bore before December 31, 2005; Income documents (W-2, 1099).

San Marcos Library Offers Free English Classes for Spanish Speakers
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Six Week Thursday Afternoon Series Starts February 16

Starting Thursday afternoon, February 16, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., and continuing weekly through April 20, the San Marcos Branch of the San Diego County Library, #2 Civic Center Drive, will offer free English classes for Spanish speakers. A trained language instructor will teach the classes.

Participants may bring their children, for whom the library will provide activities, such as crafts, and public performance videos and storytelling in Spanish.

Sign-up by phoning the library at (760) 891-3000.

Clases Gratuitas de Inglés

Impartidas por un maestro profesional. Favor de inscribirse pronto pues los lugares son limitados. Las clases serán

los Jueves de 3:30 a 5:00 de la tarde del 16 de febrero hasta el 20 de abril 2006.

Ofreceremos programas para niños que incluyen películas, cuentos y manualidades.

Get On Board with the MTS and Coca-Cola Scholarship

Entries are now being accepted for the fourth annual Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and Coca-Cola scholarship. Twenty-eight high school seniors will win a laptop computer for writing an essay about “120 Years of Public Transit in San Diego.”

Application forms are available on-line on the MTS website at www.sdcommute.com, the County Office of Ed website at www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us, at The Transit Store at 1st and Broadway in downtown San Diego.

Seeking South Bay Residents For Crisis Intervention Program

Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that partners with police and fire emergency personnel and assists on the scene after a tragedy has occurred. We are currently seeking committed citizens for its crisis intervention program in the South Bay areas to partner with local National City Fire and Police. Volunteers will be trained to help fellow citizens who are in distress as a result of a traumatic event. Volunteers respond to citizens in crisis following a natural or unexpected death or victims of fire, crime, flood, suicide, homicide, or other crisis situations. 

Training begins March 9th–SIGN UP NOW!

Our 50-hour training academy begins March 9th through March 20th in National City at the new Fire Station #34 on East 16th Street. The fee for the training is $45 per person for training materials and National Trainer fees. Classes take place at night and on the weekends. No prior experience is necessary to attend the training or to become a volunteer. Interested citizens must be at least 16 years of age and have automobile transportation and insurance. We are looking for adults and teens who are available for either day or night shifts. For a complete schedule of training times and further information regarding volunteer requirements call the TIP office at (760) 931-2104, or check our website: www. tipsandiego.org

The first few hours after a traumatic event has occurred are very confusing for everyone involved and the TIP volunteers are trained to provide the necessary emotional first aid and other temporary support until the persons involved in the crisis are able to depend on family, friends, and others. This allows the emergency responders to return to service more quickly and feel confident that the victim will receive the assistance needed. 

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