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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, April 17

Summer school: SVHS summer school this year will begin on Monday, June 11, and end on Friday, July 13, with July 4 as an observed holiday. It will be held at Sonoma Valley High from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Students must attend every day. On the third absence, the student will be dropped from the class so plan vacations accordingly. No exceptions will be made.

Coloring contest: Redwood Credit Union is celebrating Credit Union Youth Month in April with giveaways and two contests that promote good savings habits for children and teenagers. Junior Rangers (RCU members ages 12 and under) are invited to participate in a coloring contest to help the children learn about “The Science of Saving.” One winner from each branch will receive $100. Junior Partners (RCU members ages 13 to 17) are invited to share — via song, imagery or poetry — a savings goal they’re working toward. A winner will be selected to receive $250. Contest rules and a downloadable coloring sheet are available at redwoodcu.org/youth. Submissions for both contests will be accepted at any of RCU’s 17 branches.

Construction at Justin-Siena: Construction is about to begin on a 173-room senior living center on the former softball fields in the northeast corner of Justin-Siena High School campus in Napa. The building is expected to open in the first quarter of 2020.

Bookmobile: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in our area on Sunday, April 22. It will be at Kenwood Market from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m; at Glen Ellen Post Office from 11 a.m. to noon; and at Fiesta Center in Boyes Hot Springs from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Top the Cops: High school students and local law enforcement officers will go head to head on Sonoma Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip, as the popular Top the Cops weekly program runds through Aug. 29. Top the Cops offers an alternative to illegal street racing and gives teens the chance to race against local law enforcement officers, who compete in full uniform in their official vehicles. Participants must have a current high school ID and driver’s license, and a car that passes a simple technical inspection. Students are given practice runs, which then lead to head-to-head competition against an officer in his/her patrol car. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with racing from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 for students and $10 for spectators. sonomaraceway.com/track/wednesday_night_drags/.

Congrats: The Oak Leaf, Santa Rosa Junior College’s student-produced newspaper, along with 15 staff members, received several journalism awards at the Journalism Association of Community College’s state convention in March. The Oak Leaf took the award for General Excellence for both print and online content. The paper also won the Enterprise News Award for their in-depth, on-the-ground coverage of the Sonoma County fires. The Oak Leaf is also a finalist for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper. If they win, they advance to the national competition.

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