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California Department of Education develops drought response best practices for schools

California is now in its fourth straight year of below average rainfall and this past winter was one of the warmest on record. The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada has a water content of only five percent of the historic average, the lowest since 1950. This has placed California firmly in one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history. Everyone, including schools, are encouraged to do their part to conserve water. [...]
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Remind kids to drink up to prevent dehydration and stay healthy this summer

From basketball and football camps to typical outdoor activities like surfing, swimming and skateboarding, longer days and plenty of free time give kids the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities during the warm summer months. But warm weather and increased physical activity also puts kids at risk for dehydration. [...]
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Summer meal programs combat hunger for children and teens

Over 250,000 children in Orange County depend on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. But when schools close for the summer, the prospect of being hungry or losing a balanced and nutritious meal is a reality for far too many of our kids. Summer meals programs throughout the county have been filling this gap. [...]
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Travis Ranch School wins $10,000 in national safety video competition (video)

Travis Ranch School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has been named the Western Region winner in the national KidSmartz Safety Dance Video Contest for their creative video aimed at empowering elementary school students to practice safe behaviors and learn abduction prevention skills. [...]
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Volunteers descend on Huntington State Beach for Earth Day cleanup event to beautify the coast

Over 150 student and adult volunteers came together on Saturday morning to clean up Huntington State Beach while learning about the ecosystem and protecting natural resources. The effort, hosted by Inside the Outdoors' Youth Stewardship Council, was part of this year’s Earth Day activities, dedicated to building awareness and activism in support of environmental programs around the world. [...]
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OC students team with law enforcement to improve traffic safety and reduce underage drinking

Students participating in Friday Night Live programs at Bolsa Grande and Santiago high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District were invited to present youth-led traffic safety and underage drinking projects at the recent Orange County DUI Forum. Hosted by the Orange County DUI Task Force, the three-hour forum on Friday, April 24 focused on the issue of impaired driving by teens at the Clifton C. Miller Community Center in Tustin. [...]