Brittany Patterson

Nonprofit allows music to sing at Peres Elementary

On Thursday, students are Peres Elementary School performed during their annual winter music concert. Music is alive at Peres and three other Richmond Schools in part because of a program called Education Through Music East Bay.

Ladies of Literature pen passionate poetry

Ladies of Literature, or LOL, is an elective creative writing class at El Cerrito High School that helps young women of color express themselves through poetry.

Mini-grants spice up classrooms in West County

This year, the Ed Fund awarded $35,000 in grant money to 48 projects in 27 schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District to help teachers and schools bring enriched learning to their students.

Forum addresses issues facing Richmond youth

At the end of two hours of often emotional, powerful discussion Saturday on youth issues in Richmond – covering education, outreach, violence and fear — the resounding consensus was a need for more: Richmond needs more outlets for talking with, to and about its youth.

Election 2012: Education wins big

West County voters came out strong for education Tuesday — both on a local and state level. Measure E, Measure G and Prop 30 passed. Todd Groves and Randy Enos will join the West Contra Costa School Board.

Science festival draws out Richmond students and families

Thousands of students, teachers and families — many proudly sporting Giants gear — poured into San Francisco’s AT&T Park to soak up some sun and science Saturday during the second annual Bay Area Science Festival sponsored by Chevron and organized by the University of California San Francisco. More than 500 Richmond students were bused to the event.

Election 2012: School district Measure E

Voters in West County have a lot to think about this election when it comes to education. The West Contra Costa Unified School District is asking voters to approve a $360 million bond measure. Read more about Measure E.

Election 2012: School district Measure G

Voters in West County have a lot to think about this election when it comes to education. The West Contra Costa Unified School District is asking voters to approve a parcel tax extension. Read more about Measure G.

School Board Election 2012: Todd Groves

A longtime district volunteer, who brought WriterCoach Connection to El Cerrito High School and spearheaded the Middle School Math Initiative, Groves says he wants to take the classroom-level foundation he has built and apply it at the school board level.