Weekly roundup: Tails of kindness in Anaheim, local honors, Veterans Day tributes, and more

Students with books in a libraryDid you know Wednesday was World Kindness Day?

Students with books petting a dogThe Anaheim Elementary School District did. In celebration, author Lisa Wiehebrink paid a visit to James Madison Elementary School with enough copies of her book, “Love Me Gently,” to give to every district student in transitional kindergarten through second grade.

The book, which was read aloud by Wiehebrink, captures the real-life challenges of adopting a puppy, teaching young readers about unconditional love, compassion and kindness to animals. And to emphasize those themes, Madison Elementary also brought in therapy dogs, courtesy of Pet Partners of Southern California.

We’re told the book donation was supported by The Angels Baseball Foundation and Wiehenbrink’s nonprofit Tails That Teach organization.

And here are some other school-related stories from the week ending Nov. 15:

  • Seven Orange County campuses have earned a place among the top 500 of Newsweek magazine’s ranking of America’s Best STEM High Schools. Troy High in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District and Irvine’s University High both cracked the top 100.
  • Paying tributing to the Marine Corps’ 244th birthday, about 100 Orange High School Marine Corps JROTC cadets marched through downtown Orange on Friday and attended a luncheon at the Elks Lodge. The Orange County Register published a photo gallery.
  • OCDE is launching a social media campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming U.S. Census count for local communities. The department will use its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to share one weekly fact about the U.S. Census through the spring, which when Orange County households will be asked to respond.
  • TypewriterThe Laguna Beach Police Department plans add a second school resource officer to support local campuses. City staffers say the hire will give Laguna Beach Unified schools the lowest officer-to-student ratio in the county.
  • New research suggests girls start out on equal footing with boys when it comes to math. Reported in the journal “Science of Learning,” the study of more than 100 children from ages 3 to 10 found indistinguishable patterns of brain activity in boys and girls who engaged in basic math tasks.

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