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Beverly McGarr, a 10-year employee with the Nevada City School District, has been named Teacher Who Makes a Difference at Gold Run School in Nevada City.

McGarr teaches second grade, but previously in the district taught eighth-grade science and sixth grade at Seven Hills Middle School, taught third grade and created a drama enrichment program at Deer Creek School, and created dance programs at both schools.

Gold Run Principal Kate Wiley made the announcement this week.



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The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is inviting submissions for the organization’s Logo Concept Design Competition.




Qualifying students must live in the 22 counties under the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and must attend grades nine through twelve. Participants are allowed to submit three logo design entries each. The competition will remain open through March 30.

Winners of the logo competition will be announced at the Sierra Nevada Conservancy board meeting on May 3. Sponsors of the competition will present $20,000 in awards to the winners and their schools.

The first, second, and third prize winners will receive $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. The winning entrants’ schools will receive arts education awards worth $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.

Other awards include a tour of Pixar Studios, passes to the Sixth Annual Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival from the South Yuba River Citizens League, a snowboard from Wave Rave Snowboard Shop of Mammoth Lakes and whitewater rafting on a Sierra river from Tributary Whitewater.

The first 100 qualified entrants also will receive a Sugar Bowl Ski Resort day lift ticket valid during the 2007-08 season.

Those interested to participate can review the rules, awards, and qualifications for the competition at http://www.sierralogo.org.

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Sierra College Nevada County campus will offer calligraphy classes on March 18 and 25. Those attending the class will learn to use brush markers to form letters and other decorative elements.

The classes will cost $67, plus $4 paid in class. Additional materials are listed at http://www.sccommed. org.

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To make submissions to the Learning page, contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen at soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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