Southlands Christian School helps Hacienda Heights Kiwanis

Southlands Christian School in Rowland Heights is helping out the Hacienda Heights Kiwanis Club this morning by contributing $500 to their shoes for kids program.

The students have been collecting money for local kids since the school year began. Their generosity will allow the Kiwanis to buy many more shoes for needy children in the area.

The Christian school also collected toys for local families, as well as shoeboxes full of gifts for children in Mexico. They really have the Christmas spirit.

Read more in an upcoming story in the Highlander newspapers.

Plans for Rowland High pool unveiled

Just saw the architect’s renderings for the new swimming pool at Rowland High School. The new facility will be awesome. The school board saw the drawings at Tuesday’s meeting.

The entry courtyard is a visual treat with palm trees and circular courts. With construction bids running up to 10 percent lower than expected, the district hopes to add two more swimming lanes, bringing the total to an even dozen.

New changing rooms, covered bleachers and equipment areas will make for a great athletic addition to the local high school. The high school’s pool was closed last year when school officials discovered how much it would cost to fix.

Looks like the wait will be worth it for the Raiders. Trying to get digital copies now.

Rowland Unified students get new shoes from West Covina Sunrise Rotary


More than 156 students from Villacorta Elementary School in La Puente got the chance to pick out a brand new pair of shoes and socks on Wednesday morning. Thanks to the West Covina Sunrise Rotary, who raised more than $3,000 from their annual “Day at the Theater” fundraiser.

Payless Shoe Store at Westfield Shopping Center in West Covina was filled with the excited youngsters as they got to choose some new shoes for Christmas.

Read more in an upcoming story in the Highlander.

Perfect attendance pays off at Fairgrove Academy

Perfect attendance pays off at Fairgrove Academy in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Students who haven’t missed a day of school will be treated to a movie at AMC Theaters at Puente Hills Mall this morning. Older students will go to the movies tomorrow morning.

La Puente High offers a Cheer and Dance comedy show tonight at 6 p.m. in the theater, while Orange Grove school will perform its winter band concert at 6:30 p.m.

Assemblyman Hagman to discuss tower construction in Rowland Heights

The Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council will meet Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at Pathfinder Community Regional Park in the upper community building.

The regular agenda has been revised in order to accommodate a special report by Assemblyman Curt Hagman. Curt recently was able to get the Public Utilities Commission to put a halt to further Southern California Edison tower construction pending a review of the route for the transmission line.

He will be dropping by to bring our community up to date regarding that situation, and what we might do to facilitate the effort to get the transmission line route changed (or at least get the two towers affecting our community center site moved to a different location).

This will tie directly to the planned presentation regarding the status of our Community Center construction project. Scott Stevenson, acting director of the L.A. County Construction Management Division of the Community Development Commission will provide an update on the status of the Rowland Heights Community Center project to be built at Pathfinder Park.

The CHP will be on hand to collect donations of unwrapped new toys and sporting goods for their CHiPs For Kids program.

Healthy vegetarian meals planned at Hacienda Heights Library

The Hacienda Heights Library has planned several special events for December.

Trinity Healthy Vegetarian will come to the Hacienda Heights Library for cooking demonstrations with free samples for the public.

Join them from 2 to 4 p.m. on four Saturdays, Dec. 10, 17, Jan. 21 and Feb. 4.

A holiday magic show will be performed by The Magic of Rafael and Katia on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The library is at 16010 La Monde St. For more information, call 626-968-9356

Band concerts, plays and baby broadway in Hacienda La Puente Unified

Newton Intermediate School in Hacienda Heights will hold a Parent Volunteer Holiday Dinner in the library from 5:30-6:45 p.m. today. The Holiday Band Concert will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in St. Matthew’s Church, Recreation Room.

Sparks Middle School will offer its Winter Band Concert in the cafeteria at 6;30 p.m.

Wilson High School presents its Fall Play in the Little Theater at 6 p.m.

Fairgrove Academy offers “Baby Broadway Lights Performance,” in the cafeteria, from 6-9 p.m.

Alcoa donates $78,000 for new library at Temple Academy


Alcoa has opened its heart and pocket book this holiday season to help Temple Academy in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.

The Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa Fastening Systems teamed up to give the La Puente school $78,000 for a new library.

“We approached the local school district and asked how we could help out,” explained Gwen Moore, human resources manager at the Industry manufacturer. “Executive Director Bonnie Wilson suggested we help remodel the old library at Temple Academy.”

So Alcoa did.

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story Library.