Education

Arista, a 5th grader, won first place in the visual arts category for her piece "The Praying Family." (Photo by Hannah Lawson)

Young artists envision a better world

On Monday evening, the Bayside Council PTA hosted a celebration of student art. The theme for this year’s Reflections Showcase was, “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”
Community members walk the streets of North Richmond for solidarity in peace after a week of violence. (Photo by Harriet Rowan)

As violence stalks Richmond streets, so does Ceasefire

"Two months ago we were celebrating a low and all of a sudden, it just reoccurred. So now we are all just baffled at what’s going on.”
Richmond High students Joel Calderon and Kelly Wong volunteer on a Saturday afternoon and pick up trash around campus. (Photo by Zainab Khan)

Richmond High School students gather to clean up trash and measure campus use of tobacco and marijuana

After examining trash at Richmond High School, student volunteers found evidence that cigarette and marijuana use is at a high level among students, but that there was significantly more cigarette trash than marijuana trash on...
Some 300 people gathered on Richmond's Civic Center Plaza on Wednesday night to mourn the loss of Rodney Frazier, the 16 year old boy who was killed last Friday. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Richmond unites in prayer for 16-year-old lost to gunfire

Frazier, a Richmond High School student and basketball player, was killed last Friday in a drive-by shooting outside his family’s home in North Richmond. As the outpouring of grief showed, Frazier’s death touched the community...
Caliber Beta Academy parents, students and supporters filled up the room at Wednesday's school board meeting with posters. (Photo by Zainab Khan)

In first School Board meeting since election, clashes over spending

Parents and students lined up one by one at the podium during West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting Wednesday night to voice their concerns about the Board’s spending decisions.
The winners: Liz Block, Madeline Kronenberg and Valerie Cuevas take WCCUSD Board seats. (Photos by Candese Charles and Hannah Lawson)

Heavy spending pays off in school board race

Money ran the race on Tuesday's school board elections, with the best funded candidates Block, Kronenberg and Cuevas winning the seats of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Families enjoyed Skeletonfest at the Richmond Art Center in preparation for Halloween.

Halloween treats for Richmond families

Trick or treat? Halloween is here! Richmond Art Center is treating children to seasonal chills and thrills with its annual family art making event: Skeletonfest. This event was free and open to the public. Three...
West Contra Costa Unified School District School Board candidates are ready for the polls this Nov. 4th. From left to right, top to bottom: Liz Block, Madeline Kronenberg, Raquel Donoso, Chester Stevens, Ayana Kirkland Young, Elaine Merriweather, Valerie Cuevas, Peter Chau, Otheree Chrisitan, Mister Phillips. (Photo by Candese Charles)

School board candidates: Where they stand

West Contra Costa Unified School board candidates share last comments before Nov. 4th elections.
The Pro-Charter PACs, Education Matters and California Charter Schools Association, have spent over $350,000 on this year’s school board election.

Pro-charter school PACs flood West Contra Costa school board elections with spending

Political Action Committees (PACs) advocating for charter schools have spent more than $350,000 to date in the West Contra Costa County school board race, prompting protests from parents concerned that charter schools siphon funding away...
Mitch Richmond poses with students from Richmond College Prep at the newly opened basketball court in Coronado. The former NBA player will give his name to the basketball court as a support to Richmond youth. (Photo by Alice Kantor)

The Golden State Warriors unveil a renovated basketball court in Richmond

Mitch Richmond, former Golden State Warrior player and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, came to the unveiling of the new basketball court in Coronado to lend his name and support to Richmond youth.
Richmond High School football coach Tashaka Merriweather instituted a rigorous tutoring and mentoring program for his team after early problems losing players to grades. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson.)

The long game: Tutoring program helps Richmond players prepare for life after football

Using a tough-love approach, the team's football coach and hard-boiled tutor insist players have a plan for their studies and their future.