Education

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...
The staff at Kennedy High's new school-based clinic includes, from left to right, nurse practitioner Kimberly Humphrey, registration clerk Valerie Estes, and health education specialist LaShonda Williams. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

New health clinic opens for Kennedy High students and South Richmond residents

It’s a sunny Thursday afternoon and the new health clinic at Richmond’s John F. Kennedy High School is open for service. In an impeccably clean waiting area decorated with plants, a round table and a...
The Richmond Food Policy Council and young campaigners are circulating a petition calling for more salad bars in Richmond schools. Show here, a school cafeteria in 2012. (Photo by Avni Nijhawan)

Richmond community members petition for more salad bars in schools

Affordable and sustainable food is a priority for Laneisha Whitfield, the director of the Richmond Food Policy Council, and her young campaigners. So on February 17, the Richmond Food Policy Council created an online and...
At the end of the community town hall meeting parents, teachers, and district members placed colorful dots on the initiative that needs more money, focus, and/or time. (photo by Candese Charles)

School district holds town hall meeting to discuss funding, school services and Common Core

Peres Elementary School’s auditorium was filled with low murmurs of conversation Saturday morning as West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) held its second community town hall meeting of the year. Armed with questions, parents...
Author Elizabeth Escobedo signs copies of her book "From Coveralls to Zoot Suits" before leaving the museum. (Photo by Faviola Leyva)

Colorado professor comes to Richmond to discuss the lives of Mexican American women during World War II

Roughly 40 people filled up the theater at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park’s visitor center on Saturday morning to meet Elizabeth Escobedo, author of From Coverall to Zoot Suits: The Lives...
With two minutes on the clock, a Caliber Beta Academy teacher pleas with the WCCUSD to give her students a permanent facility (photo by Candese Charles)

West Contra Costa school board meets for a six-hour, packed discussion on charter schools

On Wednesday night, West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) first board of education meeting of the year was packed with chatty bouncy children, a sea of blue shirt-wearing Caliber Beta Academy teachers, and people...
Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles celebrates beside Mayor Gayle McLaughlin at RPA headquarters in Richmond Tuesday night. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Richmond Confidential looks back on 2014, year for the ages

Long after the billboards come down, the campaign mailers rest in landfills and the New Year’s toasts come and go, 2014 may be remembered as Richmond’s big election year. We are honored to have been in Richmond’s streets and chambers, its...