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About Riverbank Elementary School…

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) invites you to their community meeting on Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Riverbank Elementary School, 1100 Carrie Street.

The meeting will focus on education, with guest speakers including the Riverbank principal and vice principal (Mike Woodcock and Shamryn Cole, respectively) and Superintendent Dayton Gilleland. They will talk about modifications to the campus and K-3 preparation at the school.

Team effort at teen center

Walt James, his wife Judith James, and Sherri Leal of “Kids Against Hunger” show a few of the meal packages prepped by Rotary members and collaborators on Saturday. They’re wearing hair nets for food service safety. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Collings West Sacramento Teen Center on Saturday turned into a bustling food-prepn center for several hours, as a coalition of groups and volunteers donned hair nets to assemble food packets for the hungry.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Centennial Rotary Club spearheaded the event, working with the “Kids Against Hunger” organization that feeds families worldwide.

The event marked Rotary’s annual international work day.

“The 28th of April was the workday throughout the world,” said local club president Walt James. “All clubs try to participate in some kind of project that day.”

Why the “Kids Against Hunger” program?

“I bumped into it when I was at the convention in New Orleans last year. They had all kinds of booths on projects going on over the world, and this one caught my interest,” said James.

Sherri Leal is a “satellite program director” for Kids Against Hunger, and she coordinated with Rotary for the event. Saturday’s crowd of volunteers displayed a remarkable work ethic as they measured and packaged the easy-to-digest dry rice combos.

ALAN WEGAT (above at right) is among those sealing each assembled bag of rice mix (News-Ledger photo)

“We had about 110 volunteers,” said James. “We had people from all over the community, including the CERTs (the fire department’s Community Emergency Response Team) and members of the (other local) Rotary Club. We had people from Our Lady of Grace School, people from Christian Brothers High School, and we had the Pocket Greenhaven Rotary Club. We had one girl come from Mira Loma High School. We had the downtown Westminster Presbyterian Church – they brought about 30 kids. From the Southport part of West Sacramento was the Lighthouse Covenant Church. Plus some teens that frequent the teen center.”

What goes into the meals?

“What you have is rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein and minerals,” said James. “It’s a meal that’s balanced out for a malnourished kid, but anybody can eat it. There’s no meat, pork or fish – it’s all vegan.”

Rice is donated or bought by local contributors, and Kids Against Hunger brings the other ingredients.

When the recipient adds water and cooks the mix, the result tastes something like Rice-A-Roni – as many of those who tried the samples offered at the front of the teen center found out.

Six servings go into every bag – and the work party in West Sacramento assembled about 5,000 bags, or 30,000 meals.

Those bags will join other bags filled by other volunteer groups, filling up a 20-foot shipping container for eventual transport by the U.S. Navy to a destination in need.

[adrotate group=”10″]   “Sheri has been shipping a lot to Haiti,” said James. “She has shipped to Somalia and the Philippines. She does not ship until they fill a container. You have to get the free shipping to make this work. The Navy is instrumental in putting these cargo containers (which hold about 585,000 meals) onto their ships and getting them where they go.”

“This is something anybody can do,” add James.

For information about the Kids Against Hunger program, visit www.kidsagainst-hungerpleasanton.org.

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Beware of fake text message offers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 –

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig says it has received complaints about some text message scams making the rounds.

One in particular starts with “Dear Walmart Shopper,” and promises a $1,000 gift card. Another says “Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3!” Both ask you to click on a link or go to a website.

[adrotate group=”7″]   They amount to a trick trying to get personal information from victims.

“We strongly encourage you to delete the text message,” said a D.A.’s office representative.

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Brothers finish Eagle Scout projects

JOEL and DARREN KERSEY, West Sacramento boys who have completed the culminating event in earning ‘Eagle Scout’ status

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Two West Sacramento brothers completed their Eagle Scout community service projects this month. Joel and Darren Kersey each assembled a group of volunteers and planned and directed a work project at a park in Sacramento.

Joel is a sophomore at River City High School, and Darren is a student at Southport Elementary. Both are “Life Scouts” and members of Boy Scout Troop 43 of the Golden Empire Council in West Sacramento.

Joel organized and supervised volunteers in repairing and rehabbing several tables in the park.

Darren planned and directed the pouring of a new concrete pad, construction of a masonry hot ash box, and installation of a new grill at the park.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Besides the volunteers, the projects received support from a number of sponsors who provided materials.

The projects are a requirement for the boys to earn the rank of Eagle Scout – highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.

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A ship in the fields of Southport

‘SHIP IN THE FIELDS’: The 500-foot Golden Bear, training ship for the California Maritime Academy, cut through a West Sacramento canal on Sunday on its way to make a call at the Port of West Sacramento (From the May 2 News-Ledger/photo by PETER FOLKS)

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Fight cancer — and bring your dog

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Join the “Bark for Life” event, with your dog, and walk to raise funds in the fight against cancer.

Affiliated with the American Cancer Society and its “Relay for Life” event, the “Bark for Life” walk will include vendors, food, raffle and dog events. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, 3010 Burrows Road in Southport, West Sacramento.

For info, visit www.RelayForLife.org or email Bark@CreationNonstop.com.

West Sac soldier dies in Afghanistan

SPC Manuel Vasquez (courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

A 22-year old who grew up in West Sacramento and enlisted in the Army  died on April 24 while serving in Afghanistan.

Specialist Manuel J. Vasquez was on his first deployment to the region, serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Blackhawk in Paktika Province.

The Defense Department declined to provide details of Vasquez’s death, which is still under investigation.

Vasquez was raised in West Sacramento before attending Mira Loma High School. He joined the Army in 2010. He is survived by his parents, Violet Castro of West Sacramento and Raymond J. Vasquez, of Citrus Heights, and by siblings and other relatives.

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