Super star honored at Maple Hill Elementary in Diamond Bar

Srijani Krishnan was named the 2013-2014 Super Star student from Maple Hill Elementary School.

“We are proud to recognize Srijani tonight. She is a 5th grade student, but her journey started in 4th grade. This is a very special young lady,” Principal Nancy Stingley said. Last year, Srijani applied for a grant from Disney’s Friends for Change program.

She was awarded a $1,000 for the passionate grant she wrote to provide awareness to students at Maple Hill and in the Diamond Bar community. Disney partner Youth Service of America funds the national initiative program.

Srijani has launched an anti-bullying club to give kids a voice.

“Through her Take a Break and Break Free Club, Srijani is providing an additional forum where students can speak up and speak out against bullying,” Stingley explained. “Our staff admires her initiative and her passion for this cause,” she said.

LA County Arts Internship Program looking for nonprofit arts groups

Applications now open for Los Angeles County-based nonprofit arts organizations interested in hiring college undergraduate interns through the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program. The deadline to apply is Nov. 6.  Program guidelines and eligibility requirements can be found at

The internship program is for ten weeks during the 2014 summer and provides undergraduate students with meaningful, paid on-the-job training and experience in working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting arts organizations to develop future arts leaders.
Organizations interested in hiring a summer intern can receive grants of $2,500 to $4,000, depending on organizational budget size, to be used to pay interns.  To support the internships, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, on behalf of the County, will give grants totaling $500,000 to fund approximately 140 internships at arts organizations throughout the County.
The program is for Los Angeles County-based nonprofit performing, presenting (including film and media organizations with a presenting program), arts service, municipal and literary arts organizations that are interested in mentoring an undergraduate college student for ten weeks during summer 2014. For detailed guidelines and eligibility requirements, visit
A free application workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Arts Commission offices, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, in downtown Los Angeles. To register for the workshop please visit
For more information about the Internship Program, email or call (213) 202-5858.


Villacorta elementary dedicates reading library to Henry Serrano

Just ask Villacorta Elementary “How does your garden grow?” and the Rowland Unified students will reply “Very well, thank you.”

The local school dedicated a very special reading garden on Sept. 11. The new garden was built in the memory of Henry Serrano, one of two men killed in a shooting at Southern California Edison in Irwindale on Dec. 16, 2011.

Serrano’s wife, Judy, taught kindergarten and first grade for seven years at the La Puente school. She retired this year after more than two decades in Rowland Unified and 33 years of teaching.

The Serrano family wanted to honor Henry’s memory, so they followed a project that he had begun shortly before his death.

3,000 flags remember 9/11 at Walnut High


In honor of 9/11 and Patriot Day, students will place nearly 3,000 flags in front of Walnut High School after school today from 3-5 p.m. Members of the Teen Republicans club, advised by social studies teacher Brett Landis, head up the remembrance.

Early this morning, Landis placed a flag with all of the victim’s names in the school office. The Flag of Honor was donated by a Walnut High parent after he saw a previous flag display commemorating the anniversary of the nation’s tragedy.

“The man who gave it to me lost friends in the Tower and he asked if we could display it,” Landis said.

“It’s sad to see all the names. So many people died,” junior David Tragarz said. “It’s a lot of people,” Timothy Yeung agreed.

Kwis kids receive backpacks with school supplies in Hacienda Heights

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Kwis kids celebrated an early Kwismas in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday, when the New Horizons group arrived to pass out backpacks full of school supplies to the surprised students.

The nonprofit has been collecting the backpacks and supplies with help from the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, Delta Kappa Gamma and area businesses, including Costco and Poplar Bank.

The elementary students were all smiles as they came up on stage to receive their goodies. Teachers were glad the deserving students got the supplies they need for the new school year in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.