Richmond community members urged the city council to make the Richmond Promise scholarship available to all students. (Photo by Mahlia Posey)

City council moves forward on Richmond Promise program

The Richmond City Council approved an outline for a $35 million college scholarship program on Tuesday, but questions about how eligibility will be decided and how much money students might expect to receive will be...
Teachers spoke at the WCCUSD School Board meeting on Sept. 16 to demand better pay increases. (Photo by Marylee Williams)

West Contra Costa school district, teachers to continue salary negotiations

West Contra Costa school officials and the local teachers union said Thursday they intend to resume bargaining in a few weeks after teachers rejected a proposed settlement while demanding bigger pay increases.
This was the first year students in California were tested on the new Common Core standards. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

Tougher standardized testing in schools highlights poor results in district

Student scores from a new statewide test illustrate the immense challenge West Contra Costa County schools face when trying to meet minimum standards under Common Core. Across the state, fewer students met the standards of...
Back to School Night

Richmond’s elementary schools host parents at back-to-school night

Elementary schools across the West Contra Costa Unified School District opened their doors Thursday evening for Back to School Night, inviting parents to meet educators and learn what the school year holds.
Mrs. Lopez, a second grade teacher at Dover Elementary, was one of two WCCUSD 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year recipients. Photo by Faviola Leyva.

Dover Elementary educator Maribel Lopez named teacher of the year

It’s an early Thursday morning and Maribel Lopez is about to read Eric Carle’s “The Tiny Seed” to her bilingual second grade class as they learn about a plant’s growth cycle. The students are all...
Fourth Graders at Richmond College Prep School answer questions as they prepare to make spring salad during their cooking class, with the help from the Charlie Cart. Richmond College Prep is one of three schools in the Charlie Cart pilot program. 

Photo By Nicole West

The Charlie Cart, a newly designed mobile kitchen, brings food education into the classroom

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon in April at the Richmond College Prep School, and the fourth grade students were divided among three tables near the outdoor garden. In front of the tables was a...
Bobcat. Photo source: “BOBCAT" by Valerie on Flickr, shared via Creative Commons

On Earth Day 2015, a look at the wild species that live in the East Bay regional parks

The California Grizzly bear has been immortalized on the state’s flag, but the four-leg symbol is not around California anymore—at least not since 1924, when the last specimen was spotted in Santa Barbara County. However,...
A picture of Maya Cooper hangs in the music room. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Maya’s gift to Richmond: Music therapy for people with developmental disabilities

As she gets off BART, Chloe Lipton makes her way to one of her favorite destinations: Maya’s Music Therapy Fund. Her new caretaker, Kayla Jenkins, worries that they might be going in the wrong direction. But Lipton...
Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library movement begins to blossom in Richmond

The concept is simple: a handful of books in a wooden box, mounted in a public space. The books are free. Peruse the selection. Take a book if you’d like. Leave a book in its...
Volunteers with the non-profit Grid Alternatives install solar panels on a house in Atchison village, Richmond, in early March 2015

With increased demand for solar power, green job opportunities return

It is just shortly after noon on a Saturday, and the sun stands high over the historic Atchison Village in Richmond. Not a single cloud is in the sky. In its northwestern corner, a small...
West Contra Costa Unified School district holds wednesday night school board meeting discussing funds, student recognition, and charter schools. (Photo by Candese Charles)

School board recognizes Richmond High School soccer, discusses charters schools and bond money

The West Contra Costa Unified School District’s school board meeting Wednesday night included discussion of the need to find a home for Caliber Beta charter schools, updates on the district’s bond program, and recognizing the Richmond...
The second Little Free Library installed at 166 Murdock Street. (Photo by Loi Almeron)

Small efforts help library accessibility widen in Richmond

Sixth grader Clemon Brown loves reading books, but he has a hard time finding books outside of school. “Two weeks ago, I was sitting in my room [and] I want to read a book,” Brown...