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Districts breathe in new funds to fight teen smoking

Exeter Unified, Office of Education get more than a quarter of a million dollars each to curb illegal smoking and vaping among minors By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – In the wake of Tulare County’s first vaping death, two Tulare County school districts received more than a quarter of a million dollars to prevent the […]

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Tulare Co. gets $6.8M for teacher residency program

California Center on Teaching Careers will give student teachers valuable experience in high-need classes while getting their master’s degree @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Medical residents have been helping staff hospitals, see patients and get valuable experience at hospitals in desperate need of more doctors. Tulare County is hoping a residency program could do the same […]

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Local boy earns Medal of Courage

Owen Quiroz, 11, is awarded the Royal Rangers second highest honor after saving a fellow Ranger and group leader from drowning @TheSunGazette EXETER – A local boy received an organization’s second highest honor for helping to save one of his peers from drowning.  On Sunday, 11-year-old Owen Quiroz of Exeter was presented with the Medal […]

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Blooming students from STEM

Woodlake Valley Middle School provides project based learning in 18 careers at STEM Center By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN WOODLAKE – If you had to guess what the most requested elective at Woodlake Valley Middle School is, you probably wouldn’t start with science, technology, engineering and especially not math. But put them together in a brand new […]

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Sheriff teams up with L.A. Clippers

Sheriff Boudreaux offers free clinic through Clippers’ Youth Basketball Camp program to 150 Tulare County youth @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – A group of 150 Tulare County youth got to basketball with the L.A. Clippers last weekend. No, NBA Allstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George weren’t there, but the kids did get to learn fundamentals from […]

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Forums ask parents for input on spending

Visalia Unified announces community forums to gain input for Local Control Accountability Plan @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Parents and district administrators don’t have much say in how much money a school district receives from the state. But they do get to say how that money is spent.  Beginning next week, Visalia Unified School District will be […]

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A ‘jolly’ good read

Boys & Girls Clubs offer Jolly Rancher candies for every chapter a student reads as part of its literacy program @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Literacy can be a difficult skill to instill in children. For many youth, reading is boring and unstimulating, which makes it difficult to concentrate. That’s why the Boys & Girls Clubs of […]

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‘Giants’ in their own right

College of the Sequoias names four alumni to be honored at its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 10 @TheSunGazette VISALIA — Each year the College of the Sequoias announces four former Giants who stand tall in their communities.  Alumni who have demonstrated what it is to be a COS Giant will be inducted […]

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Farmersville school district dives into new era

Farmersville High School holds grand opening, ribbon cutting, dedication of the Jim A. Wiley Aquatic Center, the community’s first ever public pool By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – Five Farmersville High School seniors plunged into the Jim A. Wiley Aquatic Center and became the first to swim in the town’s first ever public swimming pool. Jose […]

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Woodlake Unified superintendent Alfonso Gamino leaves District unexpected, early

Assistant superintendent Laura Gonzalez, hired in February of this year is appointed acting superintendent By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN WOODLAKE– Woodlake Unified School District had little time to scramble for solutions when superintendent Alfonso Gamino up and left the district last Monday. Now in the chair is acting superintendent, only eight days removed from her assistant superintendent […]

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