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School bulletin: Free and reduced-price meals available

New after-school French program starts in Rocklin
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Speak French?

Does your kid want to speak français?

If yes, now she can by taking an after school language class through Education Francaise de Sacramento, or EFSAC. The new nonprofit organization is currently accepting students in kindergarten through eighth grade for classes starting in September.

Classes are available in Rocklin, Folsom and Sacramento and are taught by experienced teachers. Class size is limited to 15 students. Tuition is $312 for the first semester (24 hours of instruction) and $273 for the second semester (21 hours of instruction). Discounts are available for volunteers, siblings and enrolling in the year-long program. For more information, visit www.efsac.com.

Free and reduced-price meals available

Parents can now apply for their child to enroll in the free and reduced-price meal program in the Roseville City School District and Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District.

Households must complete an application and return it to their school anytime during the year. Households that receive Food Stamp, CalWORKS, Kin-GAP or FDPIR benefits may not have to complete the application. School officials will determine eligibility based on information obtained directly from these programs.

School officials will notify households of their eligibility, but those who do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school. Application forms are being distributed to all households in the local districts, are available at each school and can be found at www.rcsdk8.org or www.drycreek.k12.ca.us.

Sierra College donors give $660,000

Donors have contributed more than $660,000 to the Sierra College Foundation for scholarships, according to a news release issued Aug. 23.

When combined with matching funds from the Osher Foundation, this will provide $1 million to create 50 annual $1,000 scholarships in perpetuity. This is the largest fundraising effort in the foundation’s nearly 40-year history.

“It is so gratifying that so many in this community were willing to support our local students pursuing higher education,” said Sonbol Aliabadi, executive director of the foundation. “With school about to begin, this is great news for students.”

Many scholarships were funded by individuals and organizations in recognition of a friend, relative or community leader. The scholarships include those in memory of Rocklin Police Officer Matthew Redding, who was killed on duty in 2006, former Roseville Mayor Bill Santucci, who died in 2008, and Leslie Miller, a former student who left most of his more than $1 million estate to Sierra College in 2006.

While the Osher Foundation matching program has ended, Aliabadi said the college continues to establish new scholarships for students. For more information, visit www.sierracollege.edu/foundation.

Have news for the school bulletin? E-mail your campus news and events to reporter Sena Christian at senac@goldcountrymedia.com.