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News - May 31, 2013

Community brief

Free autism screenings

Happy Talkers is teaming with Microsoft to offer free, clinical screenings for children with slowly developing language and motor skills from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 9.

The organization will have assessments, advice, and clinical referrals for infants and children who are suspected of having autism and other development disabilities. All results will be provided for parents confidentially.

Founded in 2001, the Happy Talkers foundation has provided speech and behavioral skills therapy to more than a thousand children with developmental delays. The non-profit program sponsors anual programs for children in hopes of avoiding long-term disabilities caused by development disabilities.

"Screenings often include the involvement of pediatricians, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists," said Charlene Sigman, a speech therapist and co-founder of School of Imagination and Happy Talkers, in a press release. "The clinical team will work with parents to establish a road map for further diagnosis, treatment options, healthcare insurance, and relevant government programs including the Regional Center and the Santa Clara County Office of Education."

Children may be registered at happytalkers.org. Microsoft will host the event at their Mountain View campus, located at 1062 La Avenida St., Building #1.

MV-LA district receives $1.2 million grant

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation has given the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District a $1.2 million grant, the largest in the 31-year history of the nonprofit that raises money to fund academic programs for local schools.

The foundation's executive director Laura Roberts and board President Andy Cohen presented the check to Superintendent Barry Groves before a group of 40 board trustees, foundation board members, school principals and key volunteers.

"We're thrilled to have reached this year's goals, in both donations and the number of participating families," said Roberts. "Each student benefits when foundation dollars provide reduced freshman class sizes, extended library hours, the newest science lab equipment, additional investments in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs and equipment."

The $1.2 million grant represents about 2 percent of the district's approximately $50 million annual budget.

This year, donations will go to class-size reductions and on-campus tutorial centers, as well as academic infrastructure and college admissions-related programs and staff. The foundation also funds the award-winning tutorial centers, the Student Information System (SIS) online grading system, PSAT tests and the College and Career Centers.

"We cannot thank the Foundation enough for the generous and sustained support of academic excellence in our public high schools," said Groves. "Every year graduating seniors tell me that they have appreciated the academic support because they feel better prepared for their future. This is attributable in large part to the many programs funded by MVLA High School Foundation."

—Samson So

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