Weekly roundup: A dental clinic at Angel Stadium, new shoes for Santa Ana students, and more

A pair of local sports franchises scored some big points with local students and families this week.

As the Orange County Register reported, the nonprofit group Team Smile teamed up with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, Dec. 3 to stage a free dental clinic for about 300 kids at Angel Stadium.

Title for "In the news"The event, which was supported by Pacific Dental Services and The Smile Generation, featured an exam area and an x-ray station in the ballpark’s interior exhibit center, along with a bullpen of volunteer dentists and hygienists ready to fill cavities and extract teeth if necessary.

The Register reported that kindergartners, first- and second-graders received about $100,000 in free dental services.

On the same day, another 300 students from six elementary schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District were picking out new shoes courtesy of the Los Angeles Chargers and members of the team’s cheerleading squad.

In addition to helping kids try on and lace up their sneakers at the WSS store in Santa Ana, Charger players signed autographs and posed for pictures.

Here are some other school-related stories that caught our attention:

  • A Troy High graduate who’s now a senior at the University of Oklahoma was recently named a Rhodes Scholar, which is one of the most prestigious honors in higher education.
  • Years after suffering a debilitating early-childhood stroke, a junior varsity basketball coach at Orange’s El Modena High is living out his hoop dreams.
  • TypewriterEducators across the country are increasingly using esports to teach a variety of skills and core subjects. A story that ran in District Administration magazine features the North America Scholastic Esports Federation, which started in Orange County and is supported by OCDE.
  • Foster youth miss more schools days than any other group in California. School officials are trying to change that by removing transportation barriers for foster students and preventing frequent transfers, EdSource reports.
  • Two people were arrested after a threat was made to Estancia High School through social media. Authorities said they plan to maintain a strong police presence but affirmed there was no longer a credible threat to the campus.
  • About one-third of households in the state’s rural areas have internet service, compared with 78 percent in urban areas, according to an analysis by EdSource. That gap makes it more difficult for rural students to do some school assignments at home.

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