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Jackie Byers Named Heritage Days Parade Grand Marshal

OAKHURST — When the 21st annual Mountain Heritage Days Parade steps off on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m., look for the one-and-only Jackie Byers sitting atop a pink Cadillac — she’s the Grand Marshall. Jackie has been many things to many people over the course of her residency in the foothills. Mother, teacher, coach, friend, choir director, accompanist and ...

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Bookstore Open For One Day On Oakhurst College Campus

OAKHURST — Students at the Oakhurst Community College Center (OCCC) have a one-time chance to buy books and other supplies on the OCCC campus Friday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. OCCC students would normally have to buy their books and supplies online or in person at the Madera Community College Center (MCCC) bookstore. This week the MCCC ...

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Raymond-Knowles Leads The Way Back To School

RAYMOND — They’re back! Students at Raymond-Knowles School (RKS) started the 2017-2018 school year on Thursday, Aug. 10. District Superintendent and Principal Michelle Townsend says it was a great day for everyone. “We welcomed two new teachers this year: Mrs. Natasha Scrivner and Mrs. Eden Westergaard. The RKS family is looking forward to a fabulous school year.” Their tagline? Create. ...

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AAUW Backpack Project Includes Families Hit By Wildfire

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa AAUW Backpack Project gift registry website has been updated to help accommodate children whose homes have been damaged or destroyed during the fire. Children with homes damaged or destroyed in the north who attend Greeley Hill – Coulterville school in Greeley Hill will be included. The drop off date has been extended to Friday, Aug. 4. The ...

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Free And Reduced-Price Meals For School Year 2017-18

MADERA COUNTY — Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary, Chawanakee, Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary and Yosemite Unified School Districts announce their policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the applicable National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack Programs. Effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household ...

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Arts Education For Youth In Juvenile Justice System

MARIPOSA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award to the Mariposa County Arts Council a grant to fund their ongoing work with probation and foster youth as part of its JUMP StArts program. JUMP StArts supports arts education and artists-in-residence programs for youth engaged in the juvenile justice system. Activities may take place in classroom, after-school, social ...

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Filling Hearts And Backpacks

MARIPOSA — Mariposa AAUW is once again hard at work preparing backpacks filled with school supplies for designated middle school students who need assistance throughout our county. Students without appropriate resources may not have the necessary supplies or pack to carry them in. Each year AAUW volunteers work with the schools to determine the necessary school supplies for the packs. ...

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State Funds Support Summer And After-School Programs For Mariposa Students

MARIPOSA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $14,400 to the Mariposa County Arts Council as part of its Artists in Schools – Extension program. As an offshoot of California Arts Council’s signature arts education grant program — one of the agency’s longest running — the new Artists in Schools – Extension program supports arts education programs ...

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Perfect Attendance Has Its Rewards

OAKHURST — Oak Creek Intermediate 7th grader Sebastian Valdez is dedicated to his studies and that dedication was rewarded at school’s end this year, when he was awarded a sweet new ride for his efforts. Principal Brad Marcus posed proudly with the new trail bike given to Sebastian, one of several students eligible for a drawing due to his perfect attendance throughout ...

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Oakhurst Elementary Perfect Attendance

OAKHURST — Oakhurst Elementary School recently honored 34 students who earned perfect attendance for the 2016-2017 school year. The honor is earned by getting to school every single day and being on time. Research strongly supports a strong connection between excellent attendance and academic success. As the end of the year approached, school principal Kathleen Murphy approached each child individually to ...

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