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Class notes
May 11, 2013, 05:00 AM

Bay Area youth-led nonprofit and San Francisco Pride 2013 Organizational Grand Marshal winner, Bay Area Youth Summit, is proud to announce Summit 2013.

The Summit is a biennial conference organized completely by youth and its goal is to educate, empower and inspire LGBT youth to take action in their communities to create safer schools for all.

Attendees hear speakers and attend informative workshops on various topics such as faith and sexuality, GSA building, suicide prevention, lobbying your government and many more. One attendee at the 2011 Summit described her experience as being “life-changing,” and it even inspired her to come out as bisexual. Others have gone on to form Gay Straight Alliance clubs at their respective schools and have since become notable youth advocates for LGBTQ rights.

This year’s event will have drag superstar and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 winner Raja Gemini emcee the summit. Keynote speakers include Oscar winning writer of “Milk,” Dustin Lance Black, and YouTube sensation and founder of Scouts for Equality, Zach Wahls.

The 2013 BAYS Summit will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Aragon High School, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo. All attendees must first register for the summit. The registration form can be accessed at


Crystal Springs Uplands School, an independent, co-ed private school located in Hillsborough, was recently ranked 24 on list of the top 50 private schools in the nation put out by


St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School fifth and sixth grade drama students present “Sleeping Beauty” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the school, 16 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo. Admission is free.  


Notre Dame High School will hold The Gleason Gala to honor and celebrate Rita Gleason’s outstanding and steadfast commitment to Catholic education and the mission of Notre Dame High School. In Gleason’s 22 years as principal, and more than 30 years in Catholic education, Gleason has been a tireless advocate for all-girls Catholic education. The event takes place May 18 in the Moore Pavilion on the school’s campus.

This black tie optional event brings together alumnae, alumnae parents, current parents, faculty and staff, local civic and business leaders and peers to honor and celebrate Gleason. Celebrity mistress of ceremonies is public address announcer for World Champion San Francisco Giants, Renel Brooks-Moon. For event information visit or call 595-1913 ext. 315.


Stanford Alumni in partnership with Computers for Everyone presents the third annual Reading Rainbow in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St., East Palo Alto.

This event encourages families to join in the fun of reading with youth and teenagers of all ages. There will be reading activities, games, contests and entertainment throughout the day hosted by volunteers and community organizations as well as the San Mateo County mobile literacy bus to register attendees for free library cards. Free books will be given to all youth attending. Free prizes will be raffled off throughout the day including toys, gift certificates, mp3 players, and a Mac laptop.

More than 20 local organizations have signed up to host activities and support the event. 106 KMEL’s Lady Ray will serve as the master of ceremonies with the KMEL Street Team on site playing music. Characters Dora the Explorer and Diego will also make an appearance. This year’s event will also feature a college workshop booth hosted by local colleges and organizations to inform those interested of college opportunities and the process of applying to college. College Track will be hosting their Second Annual Spelling Bee where winners will be awarded a Mac laptop. There will be free food, refreshments, snacks and many giveaways. This event is free and open to the public; however pre-registration for your family or a group is strongly suggested at

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



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