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The Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation has honored Chicago Park School for its recycling efforts.

During the month of September, the school committed to natural resource conservation by starting a schoolwide paper recycling program. During lunchtime, drink cartons, boxes, bottles, cans and plastic and aluminum trays from the central kitchen were recycled.

For their efforts, students were given prizes such as reusable water bottles and lunch bags.

Nevada County provides free recycling assistance to schools by giving them collection containers and technical assistance. For more information about school recycling and other recycling tips, call Nichole Dorr at 470-2647.


The Welcome Wagon Woodworking Club recently made a number of handcrafted toy pull-rabbits for a number of nonprofits serving children and young families. This year, the 30 members made the toys for the Manzanita Family Center, Child Protective Services, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and the Nevada County

Department of Behavioral Health. In the past, the club has donated handmade rocking horses and toy trains for nonprofits in the area.


Joel Heinrich, 15, of Nevada City has been accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine-arts boarding school.

Joel, the son of Bob and Janie Heinrich, will study theater arts at the academy.

Interlochen Arts Academy is a college-preparatory academy located in northern Michigan. The academy offers students the opportunity to pursue majors in music, dance, theater arts, film and dance.


Lauren Caldwell, daughter of Karla Torres and stepdaughter of Rolly Torres, has been selected as a recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence in the freshman year at Stanford University.

This award honors students who have achieved outstanding academic performance in their freshman year and demonstrated a strong commitment to the pursuit of knowledge. The awards were presented Sept. 26. Lauren is a 2003 graduate of Bear River High School and is majoring in English. She hopes to study abroad during her junior year.


Got education news? E-mail David Mirhadi at davidm@theunion. com or call 477-4229.

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