By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The College Heights Elementary School Orchestra will perform from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Valley Plaza Mall, 2701 Ming Ave.
The orchestra is led by Nick Olmos, the the winner of the 2013 California Music Educators Association Elementary Music Specialist Award.
Olmos will be honored at a CMEA banquet during the California All-State Music Education Conference at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Holy Trinity Church, 2226 Ventura Ave. in Fresno.
Sierra Sands Unified School District in Ridgecrest has won a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment to replace or upgrade school buildings at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake.
Sierra Sands will manage a $39,542,838 project to demolish and replace the existing Murray Middle School with a new 610-student school serving grades six through eight.
The district will also manage a $31,909,274 project to renovate and expand the existing 1,461-student Burroughs High School serving grades nine through twelve.
The Bakersfield City School District has won two Golden Bell Awards from the California School Boards Association.
Awards were presented to the "Partnership to Improve Oral Health and Student Achievement," which provides free dental care to underserved pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students at school-based mobile dental clinics; and the "Sierra Middle School Green Team and Kids for Solar Energy," a schoolwide recycling and solar power program.
The Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost Law Firm partnered with CSBA to present Sierra with a $5,000 grant for its environmental efforts.
The Golden Bell Awards are designed to promote excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.
PG&E is giving Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development, or FIELD, $10,000 to pay for a solar installation curriculum at Charter High School in Arvin.
A check presentation ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Arvin Learning Center, 141 N. A St. in Arvin.
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has named Cal State Bakersfield its corporate partner of the year for 2012 in recognition of two student-led initiatives that raised $11,000 for the hospital's pediatric center.
CSUB students held a 12-hour dance marathon in May and a 12-hour video game marathon in October, both of which exceeded sponsorship goals.
The funds go directly to the hospital for purchasing specialty equipment for its Lauren Small Children's Medical Center. The hospital is a member of the Children's Miracle Network, which supports children's hospitals in providing acute care.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has been awarded a $3,000 grant from Childrens' Advocate Resource Endowment, or C.A.R.E., to update and expand the Boys & Girls Club - Armstrong Youth Center's Teen Technology Lab with eight new computers.
The Teen Technology Lab teaches young people how computers work and the types of opportunities they provide. Teens also use computers as part of the club's College is Possible program to research and learn about career fields and colleges and universities.
CareForKids.org, which administers the endowment, is a not-for-profit organization that raises money for Kern County children's charities.
-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff
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