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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation commemorated Constitution Day by donating more than 400 books to Kern County schools and libraries.
The donated books were copies of "The Bill of Rights in Translation: What it Really Means," by Amie Jane Leavitt, and "The United States Constitution" by Karen Price Hossell. The books target fourth- through sixth-grade students.
Constitution Day was Tuesday. It commemorates the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia.
Two Bakersfield City School District elementary schools, Frank West and Horace Mann, are being awarded the USDA's Gold Award of Distinction. The award is part of the HealthierUS School Challenge, a program designed to recognize schools that create healthy environments through good nutrition, physical activity and nutrition education.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Education are presenting the awards Wednesday.
Occidental Petroleum has donated $17,000 to the Taft College Foundation.
Of the total, $16,000 will fund science, technology, engineering and math programs and $1,000 will go to the Transition to Independent Living Program, which provides job skill training to autistic and developmentally disabled young adults.
Independence High School Associated Student Body is holding a children's book drive through Sept. 27 to benefit First Book Bakersfield.
Hoping to remove a key barrier to literacy, First Book distributes free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them.
Last year, local youngsters received about 3,500 new books through grants from the First Book Bakersfield Advisory Board.
New and gently used books for pre-K through second-grade students can be donated between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. over the next two weeks. A drop box will be in front of the office at Independence High School, 8001 Old River Road.
For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/o8etgch.
Nearly half of parents have trouble helping their kids with homework, and most say it's because they don't understand the subject, according to a recent study commissioned by The National Center for Family Literacy.
The center surveyed parents with children in grades 1-12. Of 137 respondents, 46.5 percent said they didn't understand the material, 31.6 percent said their children didn't want help, and 21.9 percent said they were too busy to help their children.
The center recommends online resources such as Verizon Foundation's Thinkfinity.org or Wonderopolis.org. Both are packed with content that aligns to Common Core State Standards and science, technology, engineering and math topics currently taught in schools across the country.
-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff
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