Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Nov. 12
School safety: The new Valley Families Together group is holding a free panel discussion on School Safety from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The new speaker series is for parents, guardians, mentors and community members and will include presentations from Sonoma Police and Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue in the Altimira Middle School multipurpose room.
High marks: First Five of Sonoma County visited El Verano preschool last week and awarded it a Tier 5 on the Quality Counts index – the highest score possible. Congratulations to preschool director Sonya Valiente.
Tutors needed: Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply today to be a paid after-school tutor at Sonoma Valley High. The work is flexible, typically afternoons one to three times week, after school from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. Adele Harrison is also looking for juniors and seniors to tutor after school. The pay is $12 an hour. Applications in the CCC or the Adele Harrison office.
Cash for college: The Boys and Girls Club is hosting financial aid workshop on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. All workshops are held at the BGC Maxwell Village location.
Pancakes: The Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Community Pancake Breakfast will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17. Family friendly activities will include operating a fire hose, learning hands-only CPR, a vehicle extrication demonstration, fire engine rides, a firefighter obstacle course and more. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. 630 Second St. W.
Save the date: The Lighting of the Sonoma Plaza is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Crab Feed: The SVHS Booster Crab Feed is coming up. Tickets on sale starting Nov. 13 at SVHScrabfeed.org
Scholarship: The deadline for the local Violet Richardson Scholarship is Nov. 30. The program is open to high school girls who are involved with volunteer projects that benefit their community and, potentially, the world. The application form is available at si-founderregion.org. Cynthia Morris at 939-1602 for more information.
Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in the area on Nov. 16. It will be parked at the Kenwood Market from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; at the Glen Ellen Post Office from 11 a.m. to noon; and at Boyes Hot Springs Fiesta Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. You can get books or donate books during those times.
Pride: Half Pint clothing store at 450 First St. E. sells “707 born and raised” onesies.
CPR: If your student wants to learn CPR, there is a group in town making classes regularly available to high school students. The class may even satisfy the SVHS PE requirement. Visit cprinsonoma.com to learn more.
Community college rankings: The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking. To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub compared 710 community colleges across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. California ranked #18 in the country (Washington came in first). SRJC ranked #32 in California and #218 overall. Read more at wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/.