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Kaitlin Spak, a senior at Bear River High School, recently attended the U.S. Senate Youth Program held Feb. 26 to March 5 in Washington, D.C. She was one of two California students selected by Jack O’Connell, California’s state superintendent of instruction to attend the conference.

Students are selected to attend the conference based on their leadership abilities, volunteer work and academic standing. The students selected from the 50 states and the District of Columbia represent the top 1 percent of students in their states.

Students received an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington as well as a $5,000 college scholarship.



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The Grass Valley School District has been awarded a 21st Century grant that will provide a free after-school program at Hennessy, Scotten and Lyman Gilmore schools.




In addition to enrichment activities, recreational opportunities, tutoring and homework assistance, each program will provide students with a healthy snack.

The after-school program, which began March 2, is staffed with credentialed teachers and instructional aides.

The program runs from the close of school until 5:30 at Hennessy, and 6 p.m. at Scotten and Gilmore. Transportation will be offered to the Manzanita Family Center, Valley View, Oak Ridge and Dorsey apartments.

For more information, contact Cathy Harmon at the Grass Valley School District at 273-4483.

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