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October 30, 1992 | Dana Parsons
Louis XIV was only 4 years old when he became king of France, so there is historical precedent for political awareness in the very young. Then, why am I surprised, not to mention sobered, to read letters from fourth-grade teacher Diana Larsen's students to the three presidential candidates? Without question, the kids impress with their sophistication and empathy about society's problems. Yet, it's that very awareness that gives me a twinge of melancholy.
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May 1, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN
College campuses abound with prospective students and their parents in the spring. But an unusually young group of kids and their parents toured UC Irvine on Thursday morning, when 60 children from the bilingual kindergarten classes at Las Lomas Elementary School in La Habra came to visit. The children spoke with university officials about how they might attend the school in the future.
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April 29, 1992 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
When fourth-grade teachers Kelly Spinnler and Becky Smith told their classes at Van Buren Elementary School that each pupil was going to write, illustrate and bind his or her own book, the baffled children protested that they didn't know anything about publishing. But after 3 1/2 weeks, the only complaints Smith and Spinnler heard came when the children were told that it was time to stop working on the books.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1992 | JANICE L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Look out Pageant of the Masters. J.H. McGaugh school might just steal your thunder. For the past eight months, the award-winning elementary school has been preparing Pageant of the Arts, a miniature version of Laguna Beach's famous summer pageant of "living pictures." And guess what? The kids' version includes 20th-Century art, modern dance and music composed by a former member of the rock group Berlin.
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March 31, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
It is the fifth book she has read in just over an hour, but 73-year-old Judy Walker doesn't complain. Her melodic voice rises and falls at just the right moment, captivating her young audience made up of first-graders Shelby Gibson and Patrick Miller. She has probably already told the tale of Little Rabbit losing his tooth in the ice cream once today, but you could never tell.
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March 2, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Students and parents from Top of the World Elementary School have received a first-place award from the International Student Media Festival for a segment of a student anti-drug video documentary produced at the school last year. The video, called "Guess Who?," was produced by the school's Kid Vid club, a group of 40 fourth-grade students and parents who spent a month of their time producing the video after school.
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November 26, 1991
Alice M. DeHater, retired director of elementary education for the Burbank Unified School District, has died at a Burbank hospital. She was 85. A longtime Burbank resident, Mrs. DeHater died Saturday of heart failure, said her daughter, Mary Ellen Herndon of Burbank. Born in Galesburg, Ill., Mrs. DeHater earned a bachelor's degree from Mt. St. Joseph's College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1926 and a master's degree from USC in 1933.
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November 12, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most teachers stuff their classroom lesson plans into a desk drawer at the end of the school day. Barbara Cser says she stores hers in a litter box. That's because cats help her teach reading, writing and arithmetic to fourth- and fifth-graders at her Glassell Park schoolroom. The 9- and 10-year-olds are learning science by studying the animals' superior eyesight. They talk about feline symbolism in social studies. They discuss cat poetry and read cat books in language arts.
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The board of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District approved a $10-million plan this week to build an elementary school in Ocean Park, paving the way for the closing of two aging, under-used schools in the neighborhood. "It will be like a shot in the arm, something new, clear and wonderful that the community can buy into because they have helped plan it and they were involved in the decision to actually create it," board member Peggy Lyons said at Monday's meeting.
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July 15, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The Santa Ana Unified School District has been awarded a $158,000 federal grant to fund a language program for 300 students who are not literate in English or their native language. The program, called Project Adolescent Literacy, is for sixth-graders on up. It is intended to develop reading, writing and speaking skills in the student's native language as well as prepare them for English instruction.
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