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Students at Cottage Hill School held a read-a-thon during the month of January, hoping to read up to 75,000 pages from Jan. 3-28. For each book read, students turned in a paper snowball with the title of the book, the number of pages read, their name and teacher.

The snowball had to be signed by either their parent or teacher to validate the number of pages read. Snowballs are posted in the school’s multi-purpose room, in class order.

The schoolwide goal was 75,000 pages. In three weeks, students in grades K-5 read 176,631 pages.

Various awards will be give, both on a classroom and an individual level. Additionally, for reaching the goal of 75,000 pages, student will have a chance to hear and visit with a published author.


Money for victims affected by the tsunami that struck South Asia on December 26 continues to pour in from Nevada County. Students in Pleasant Valley Elementary School’s junior high leadership class in January raised $2,177.42 to be given to the American Red Cross.


Students in Nevada and Placer counties are encouraged to join in the “Teens as Teachers” workshops to be given at Del Oro High School in Loomis on Feb. 25 and 26.

The “Teens as Teachers” program links teens with K-3 students in 4-H programs, such as youth community service, science and literary programs.

The program fulfills community service requirements for those who enroll. Curriculum is generally science-based and includes programs on gardening, kitchen science, bread baking, fitness and reading.

Teens who enroll in this program undergo a 10-hour training program on the science process, developmental needs of young children and one of nine experimental curricula. Youth development staff, volunteers and school-age child-care staff serve as coaches for the project.

For more information in Nevada County, call 273-4563. Application deadline is Friday.


Western Nevada County’s five Rotary Clubs, in conjunction with Rotary International, are sponsoring a high-school age student musical contest.

Led by Joan Bumpus, president of the Penn Valley Rotary Club, each of the clubs during the month of March will be holding individual contests.

First prize is $100, and second prize is $75. The winners of the contests will compete in Area 4 semifinals at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center on April 21. First place in that competition wins $200.

The winner of the semifinals progresses to the district conference at the Reno Hilton hotel April 21, where the winner will compete with 48 other clubs in the district for a $1,000 grand prize.


Meredith Blake, a freshman from Grass Valley, and Vanessa Patterson, a junior from Penn Valley, were named to the fall semester Dean’s List of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Students must complete 12 graded credits and be in the top 10 percent of their class to be named to the Dean’s List.


Got local education news? Contact David Mirhadi at 477-4229 or davidm@theunion.com.

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