Walking classroom comes to Sitting Bull Academy

December 21, 2015

From Staff Reports

Susan Cooper’s fourth grade class at Sitting Bull Academy is combining learning with exercise, thanks to a donation worth $3,500 from The Walking Classroom. Cooper and her class received a complete set of teacher manuals, headsets and mp3 players preloaded with podcast lessons.

Through The Walking Classroom, students participate in a brisk 20-minute walk while listening to an educational podcast. After they return to class, students engage in a group discussion and take a quiz on the lesson content.

It’s officially time to panic – then celebrate

December 21, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Congratulations, it’s Dec. 22, the “official” first day of winter and you have two and a half days until Christmas.

If you aren’t ready by now, it’s officially time to panic!

The Internet can’t save you now; most of the UPS and FedEx drivers are hiding in back alleys with their phones off. You can give the mall one last shot if you’re desperate, but pack a lunch as every access point across the freeway is now mostly a parking lot.

Schools foundation establishes Shoe Bank

December 16, 2015

From Staff Reports

The Apple Valley Schools Foundation has created a shoe bank sub-fund in hopes to meet an ongoing student need for shoes, the Apple Valley Unified School District announced in a news release last week.

The foundation will work closely with AVUSD schools to identify students in need, and will attempt to meet this need by providing new shoes to these students. The foundation will collect new shoes and accept funds to purchase shoes, the release states, though it cannot accept worn shoes.

27 years of service

December 16, 2015

Assistant Town Manager Cron retires, worked alongside every Town Council

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY — Assistant Town Manager Dennis Cron is scheduled to retire at the end of the year after a nearly 30-year career.

Cron was honored at the Dec. 8 Town Council meeting by City Manager Frank Robinson who congratulated Cron on “27 very solid, committed years of service to the town.”

“You have been such a joy to have around Town Hall all these years,” Robinson told Cron.

AV church distributing meals for Christmas

December 16, 2015

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

‘Tis the season of selfless giving and with that in mind, the Hi-Desert Church of Christ in Apple Valley will continue its annual Christmas meal distribution to needy families. According to Sam Brisco, a deacon at the church and coordinator of the program, the boxes will include an entire meal featuring a ham and other holiday food staples.

Families who receive the donations are recommended by church members, who are either related to them or know them personally, Brisco said.

Shoebox drive garners record numbers

December 16, 2015

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

In the true spirit of giving, the High Desert community stepped up this season and donated thousands of toys, school supplies and other items to the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child.

According to Lani Sanders, director of Victorville’s Zion Lutheran Church’s Relay Center where the boxes were filled and packed, local volunteers assembled 3,310 shoeboxes, over 100 more than last year.

Local author pens Santa novel

December 16, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

To write a Christmas tale and have it compared by book critics to the classic, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” has been the highest complement of all for High Desert-based author Holly La Pat.

But even though her recently released second holiday novel, “Do You Believe in Santa?,” has been welcomed by rave reviews, La Pat said her true rewards come from an entirely different and more personal place.

Don’t sign it if you don’t understand it

December 16, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

California is both revered and ridiculed for its statewide ballot initiative process that allows voters to make changes to our state constitution.

The process is revered by those who believe democracy resides with the people, ridiculed by those who believe that elected officials and government should make all the decisions.

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