Tales of Two Cities #5: Education

Tales of Two Cities brings you audio stories from Oakland and Richmond. Design by Angelica Casas.

Today’s episode is all about education in the East Bay. And not just your standard classroom education. Tune in to hear about an art class taught by a 10-year-old, an innovative organization bringing music education to a Richmond school and a program at Richmond Public Libraries that allow adults to receive a high school diploma.

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Not just a walk in the park for kids in Richmond

The students are getting ready for the one-mile walk along San Francisco Bay Trail. (Photo by Serla Rusli)

Every Kid in a Park is a White House youth initiative that gives every fourth grader in the United States, along with their families, free passes to visit all federally-owned lands and waters, including the national parks. Marshawn Lynch made a special appearance.

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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 trickled in around 9 am, dropping off their children at the daycare service the district provided. Coffee and pastries were…

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Peres Elementary Dental Clinic reopens with major changes

ribbon cutting on peres elementary

The Peres Elementary Dental Clinic has come a long way from its modest start as a janitorial closet with a dentist chair. Twelve years, $500,000 and 412 square feet later, a new dual dentist chair clinic has emerged. Following a major reconstruction, the 12-year-old clinic reopened on Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Dr.…

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Community schools idea growing in Richmond

School, that place all students have to go for classes, could also become the place where students and community members go for a wide range of essential services such as healthcare, academic help and job placement. The idea to turn schools into “full service community schools,” or schools that offer more services to students and…

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