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News - December 30, 2011

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Deer Hollow needs volunteers

Deer Hollow Farm is looking for volunteers to teach students visiting the 150-year-old farm. Deer Hollow hosts more than 5,300 students a year, from kindergarteners to fourth-graders, with most students coming from Mountain View elementary schools.

The docent training will begin on Jan. 9, according to Jessica Morgan, the farm's environmental education coordinator.

"I've been taking my class to the farm for the past six years. The live experience of being out there with nature can never be replicated in the classroom," said Laura Marshall, a Castro Elementary School teacher.

The farm connects students to Santa Clara County's agricultural history. Children hike a trail to a replica of the Ohlone village while learning about the importance of plants and wildlife to the first inhabitants of the area. Volunteers educate children about raising farm animals and growing crops.

Mountain View resident Joan Lewis said that she enjoys volunteering at the farm because she can be outdoors while giving back to the community.

Anyone interested may contact Deer Hollow Farm at (650) 903-6430 or via email at

—Anna Li

MVLA board elects new officers

The board of trustees for the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District has rearranged its officer hierarchy, electing a new president, vice president and clerk for the new calendar year.

At the Dec. 12 meeting, the trustees chose Phil Faillace to serve as president, Judy Hannemann to serve as vice president and Debbie Torok to serve as clerk. No members are leaving the board, nor have any new members been elected to serve.

Faillace, who has served on the board for 15 years, is replacing Susan Sweely; Hannemann, the board's former clerk, is taking over Faillace's former position; and Torok, who joined the board in 2009, will be moving into Hannemann's former seat.

"The MVLA high school district has been fortunate in that its board members traditionally continue to serve the board faithfully for many years," Sweely said in an MVLA press release.

—Nick Veronin


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