Pittsburg High held its annual Cesar Chavez assembly.
The celebration featured two assemblies with special guest speaker cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, who's long list of titles include writer consultant at Fox Television LA, animation writer, editor, radio host and programmer.
Teacher Eugenia Rodriguez organized the assemblies, and felt Alcaraz was an "inspiration to all students and staff.
"It was an amazing event," Rodriguez said. "Mr. Alcaraz was wonderful."
Alcaraz brought more than 700 posters of "Bordertown," signing many, to share with students. His show will air in the fall.
Before the assemblies, Alcaraz spent some time in a PHS art class, talking with students about becoming a cartoonist.
According to this website, Alcaraz is the creator of the "first national syndicated politically themed Latino" daily comic strip, "La Cucaracha," featured in many newspapers including the LA Times. Alcaraz and his work have been featured on CNN, the CBS Evening News and Univision.
The 1987 San Diego State grad earned a master's degree in architecture from the Cal.
Rodriguez is passionate about offering this yearly event in honor of Chavez, and said all the preparation is well worth if "if one student learns from our speakers and performers.
"We have such a diverse student population ... We are a melting pot and our assemblies should represent that."
STAR MAKERS: Deer Valley High recently received some good news. Teacher Damian Ting was selected by KRON4 for a Teacher of the Week segment. The orchestra instructor's story will air sometime this month.
In other arts-related news at DV, the Performing Arts academy hosted a performance by ACT of Shakespeare's "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream," and recently finished well-received run of "The Little Mermaid."
And, finally, you can support DVHS by attending the DV Educational Foundations annual gala on April 18 at the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center. For more information, call 925.756.6703.
SING IT LOUD: Lenore Navarro's second-grade students were recently treated to a mini concert in their Antioch Kimball Elementary class.
For the third straight year, Gabriela Preciado, an Antioch High School grad and UC Davis junior, was the musical guest.
Preciado is the daughter of Patricia, Kimball's librarian.
Joining Gabriela was her older sister, Patricia, an AHS and Cal State East Bay grad.
The singing duo performed in Spanish and English. Navarro said her Antioch students also got a chance to sing along, ask the singers questions and learn more about the duo.
"My class loved it," Navarro said.
"We learned about her guitar and participated using our hands, voices and arms. In my second-graders' words: (She) was amazing. (She) is a star."
The veteran teacher said her students asked "terrific questions" and complimented the singers.
HOOPS, THERE IT IS: Krey Elementary, Adams Middle School and Heritage High School have joined forces for a big community event.
The 7 p.m. April 25 fundraiser will feature the Harlem Wizards basketball team, which will play an exhibition basketball game against a team of local community members, including Brentwood school superintendent Dana Eaton and other principals, teachers, staff and high-school players.
According to team's website, the traveling team will bring "sky-high slams, humor, energy, fan participation and world-class tricks" to the event, which will be held at Heritage High, 101 American Way in Brentwood.
Fundraising organizers are seeking prize donations and advertising sponsors.
Program advertising ranges from $50 to $400, which includes two general-admission tickets.
All donations are tax-deductable.
Tickets for the event are $10/$12 for students and $12/$15for adults. Folks can also purchase - in advance - $25 for reserve tickets and $50 for courtside.
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-323-9040.
If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at email@example.com. Note: Trine also does community outreach for Antioch High.