June 4, 2003
BURBANK SERVICE CLUBS The Burbank Family YMCA Y's Men achieved great success at their annual Pancake Breakfast. With about 500 breakfasts served, the service club raised well over a $1,000 for the various YMCA-related youth organizations. Chris, Lisa and Alex Nishimura were among those who helped out. Also present were Lisa Rawlins, Nancy and Brian Hurst, Merle and Jim Woodburn, Alice and Frank Newcomer, and Celia and Don Jordan. Burbank Family YMCA Y's Men Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Burbank YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
April 26, 2003
Molly Shore The three R's of education have taken on new meanings. With education dollars shrinking, parents, educators and municipal employees are now thinking recycle, reuse and repaint. That's what Mary Ann Wassem, Emerson Elementary School PTA president, thought when she learned bookshelves, desks, tables, stools and other equipment at the old Buena Vista Branch Library were slated for auction by the city. After Doris Crutcher, a retired Buena Vista library assistant, called Wassem to let her know the city planned to move the equipment into storage and eventually sell it, Wassem said her first thought was: "Oh no, why can't we have it?"
May 29, 2002
Molly Shore NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Bret Harte Elementary School, the only elementary school in the district with a string instrumental program, will hold its second annual Spring Concert at 7 tonight in the school auditorium, 3200 W. Jeffries Ave. Admission is free. Students who are in the beginning strings, advanced strings and string ensemble will perform under the direction of teacher Chris Kneisel, with piano accompaniment by Kneisel's wife, Josi.
April 17, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- "Night of the Stars," a fund-raiser for Bret Harte Elementary School will be Saturday night at the Sportsmen's Lodge. The event will be poolside, and will feature a Mexican dinner, as well as dancing, casino games, silent auction and raffle. Items for auction and raffle include tickets to a taping of the show "Everybody Loves Raymond," a trip to San Diego worth $500, a cookbook signed by Emeril Lagasse and gift certificates for local businesses and restaurants.
March 23, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- There's nothing like the real thing -- that's the idea behind Outdoor Science School, where fifth-graders get to learn about science and the environment on trails and under the stars. Each year, hundreds of Burbank students travel to camps at Lake Arrowhead and Wrightwood. For one week, they sleep on bunk beds in cabins, dine in mess halls and transform the outdoors into a classroom. Sylvia Mares' son Josh, a student at Roosevelt Elementary School, leaves for Arrowhead Ranch on Monday.
October 17, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Bret Harte Associated Student Body members helped raise more than $1,400 to aid disaster relief efforts on the East Coast. The students also collected teddy bears that will be sent to children of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Special collection cans were placed around the school for one week, and all funds raised were given to the American Red Cross. "We had students come out and ask how they could help.
December 23, 2000
Lolita Harper NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Barnes & Noble delivered 130 books donated by customers to kids at Bret Harte Children's Center Friday during the center's Holiday Open House. The bookstore has collected more than 250 books for the center, said Barnes & Noble community relations spokeswoman Sally Stanley. The store will wait to deliver the remainder when the promotion ends after the weekend, she said. Bret Harte Children's Center -- a state-subsidized child care facility for low-income families -- serves 130 children from age 3 to children in the fifth grade.
July 26, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- The playground blues could soon be a thing of the past for some Burbank students. For the first time, the district has come up with a plan to seek funding for new equipment, which in the recent past has been left up to the campuses themselves. About $700,000 is needed to replace playground equipment at six of Burbank's 11 elementary schools and to lay new asphalt at all of those campuses as well as the district's three middle schools, said Ali Kiafar, assistant superintendent for planning, development and facilities.
May 27, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- As nervous parents and other contestants looked on, Bret Harte Elementary School fifth-grader Jean Lee took first place at the fourth annual Burbank Unified School District Spelling Bee Finals Tuesday night. "P-h-e-a-s-a-n-t" was the deciding word as Jean and Chloe Searcy, a Theodore Roosevelt fifth-grader, competed for the elementary school championship. They were the last two standing out of a field of 11 fourth- and fifth-grade students who participated in the contest at the Burbank Association of Realtors.