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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Cole Middle School science teacher Barbara Leonard said the relief effort began after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sent out word that five Gulf Coast schools in its Explorer School program had been ravaged by the hurricane. In a two-week period starting before Thanksgiving, Cole students gathered up the 90 boxes of goods. Leonard added that Cole pupils had earlier raised more than $2,000 to give to the Red Cross to aid hurricane victims, as well as $800 for an animal group working to rescue animals from flooded areas. “I am really pleased with it. I’m pleased to be able to help another school. I think of them as a sister school,” Leonard said. “The kids – that effort they put out, I’m impressed.” The books, supplies and computers will be delivered by a truck driver who lives in Biloxi. The arrangement was set up with the help of Eastside Union School District trustee Jannette Crawford, who also is a member of the Lancaster West Rotary Club, and James Baker, a member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster, who owns Lancaster Moving and Storage. Through the company’s dispatch system, Baker was able to locate the Biloxi truck driver who was heading back home and had room on his truck. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley High School is donating 60 computers and Cole Middle School is giving 90 boxes of school supplies and old textbooks to two Mississippi schools devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The boxes of pencils, binders, notebooks, youth novels, glue sticks and literature and science texts that Cole is no longer using will be sent to a fellow NASA Explorer middle school, Bay Waveland Middle School, in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The computers, from an Antelope Valley High School program in which students refurbish computers donated by businesses and the community, will be going to a sister high school in Biloxi. “We are very excited. The language-arts teachers are excited about the prospect of getting additional literature books. Our library was completely destroyed,” said Connie Roth, a science teacher at Bay Waveland. The truck driver passed up a job of moving household goods from a home in Santa Barbara to come to Lancaster, losing out on some earnings, Baker said. “Everybody involved with the hurricane thing – they have a passion for helping each other,” Baker said. Crawford was able to secure a $500 grant through her Rotary district to pay for the transport. Crawford also got a call from the director of Antelope Valley High School’s Information Systems Academy, who wanted to send the computers to a sister academy at the Biloxi high school. After Hurricane Katrina hit Aug. 29, Bay Waveland Middle School was closed for 2 months and only reopened to students about two weeks ago. About half of the school’s 600 students have returned. The area around Bay St. Louis was hit by a storm surge that reached heights of 30 feet. The devastation spanned a big stretch of the coastline – equivalent to the distance between Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, Roth said. “Our school was completely gutted. The people who restore buildings came in, and they literally scraped our school completely clean,” Roth said. “When I came back, I didn’t have one supply. Not a pencil. They got rid of everything.” The school has received some supplies, such as paper and glue, but still lacks computers, microscopes, thermometers and scales, Roth said. “Everything we taught with is pretty much gone. It makes it very difficult to do what you usually do,” Roth said. The response from the staff at Bay Waveland to Cole’s generosity has been warm. An e-mail to Leonard stated, “If you were available, the whole science department would hug you.” Leonard responded: “We live 10 miles from the San Andreas (Fault). When the San Andreas opens, remember us like we are remembering you.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vijender hints at September fight, opponent yet to be decided

first_imgKolkata, Jul 17 (PTI) Indian boxer Vijender Singh today said his much-awaited fight for the Commonwealth super middleweight title could be held in September after being cancelled earlier this month, but the opponent has not yet been finalised. “Perhaps it will be in September, the Commonwealth committee will decide the opponent,” Vijender said at a promotional event here. The 32-year-old, who is now fourth in the latest WBO rankings for the super middleweight category, was to fight for the Commonwealth title on July 13 against Lee Makhram but the fight was cancelled after the British boxer pulled out citing injury. “Not all the boxers go to the Olympics and the Asian Games. They can come to pro boxing. I am not saying the cream should opt for pro boxing, but those who feel they can do well at pro level should come,” Vijender, whoholds the WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific titles, said. Busy training but with enough time in hand to catch up on the heroics of Hima Das, the latest sensation to light up Indian sports with her historic 400m gold in the under-20 world championships. Vijender said the 18-year-old track sensation needs all the help that she can get in her career at this stage. “What a finish, she looks really promising to me. But I have heard that she hails from a very poor family. People are only talking about her show. Instead of the big talks, she should be funded well and looked after well to ensure that she stays focused,” said India’s first Olympic medallist in boxing.advertisement “She has to keep working hard. It takes a lot to win an Olympic medal. I remember people had written me off as I was the last to qualify for the Beijing Olympics but I kept working hard till I made the cut from Asian qualifiers in Kazakhstan,” he added. The versatile boxer, who has dabbled in acting and modelling too, said he has realised that his sport is what makes him truly happy. “I have realised that I don’t know anything other than boxing. I have tried my hands in various things like doing a movie, a TV reality show but I get bored very easily,” Vijender said. PTI TAP PM PM PMlast_img read more