Weekly roundup: Students honor MLK, ‘decathletes’ face off in Super Quiz and more

Students at Villa Park High School decided to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by creating the VPHS Serve-A-Thon.

Dozens of Spartans from Link Crew, National Honor Society, Operation Package Club and other student groups celebrated MLK Day last month by assisting five local community organizations, according to an article in The Orange County Register.

Education News title cardAt Mary’s Kitchen, a nonprofit in Orange that provides that breakfast, lunch and showers for disadvantaged individuals, the students prepped and served more than 200 meals and 200 sack lunches.

The students also collected more than 100 bags of clothing that were donated to the local Salvation Army.

At the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County, the students helped clean. At Kirkwood Assisted Living and Memory Care, students spent time with the senior citizens, enjoying “amazing conversations” while making fleece blankets.

For the Friendly Center in Orange, which serves low-income families, the Spartans created more than 100 hygiene bags to give out.

Here are other news stories from across Orange County for the week ending Feb. 9.

  • Organizers of the new Orange County High School Esports League hope its launch will engage students who haven’t had an outlet for their passions on campus while also generating lessons in the STEM fields. Speaking of the league, a series of Saturday workshops will help players hone their skills, learn more about the league and meet their fellow gamers.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown wants to require school districts to publish in their annual budgets a summary of the funds they plan to spend on low-income children, English learners and other high-needs students in an effort to make it easier to see how school districts in California are investing funds to improve educational outcomes.

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