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Class notes
March 29, 2014, 05:00 AM

Hillsborough, Burlingame, San Mateo, Millbrae, Belmont and San Carlos students are welcome on a trip run by a credentialed middle school teacher to Europe this June. The Crocker Middle School teacher travels each June with 10-12 middle-schoolers. This year, it’s a 10-day dream trip for chocolate lovers, to Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest June 16-26.  

Contact teacher Audrey Fairchild at 492-0173 or for more information. Enroll through EF Tours Student Travel at


In March, five Mercy High School Burlingame students along with their teachers attended a conference at Facebook hosted by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, aimed at getting young girls interested in STEM. The event “Young Women CAN!” was designed to teach the students about STEM education, empowering communication and financial planning.


Shikha Avancha, an 11th-grader at Crystal Springs Uplands School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of Barack Obama.


Hannig Law Firm LLP has been selected as the “Outstanding Business” for its record of community service by the Sequoia Awards.

There was a celebratory dinner and fundraiser honoring more than 25 local youth were awarded scholarships based solely on public service in the local community.


Seventeen Notre Dame de Namur University students will travel to Nicaragua and Bakersfield to volunteer. Ten will travel to Nicaragua where they will volunteer at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ministry and service sites. Service sites during the trip include an educational program for disabled children and a recycling center for the employment of disabled adults.

In Bakersfield, students will learn about issues facing the valley, as well as the realities of living, working and studying in rural agricultural communities. The students will also work directly with the Dolores Huerta Foundation youth group to encourage young people to attain a college education.

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Angela Swartz. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at



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