WHITTIER – Amber Escareno has turned her senior year at California High School into a tribute to her baby brother. Although Amber was only 2 when her brother died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, his death changed the Escareno family forever. Amber is using her senior project to help other families affected by SIDS. The 17-year-old is organizing a dinner and silent auction later this month to benefit the SIDS Foundation, which educates people about SIDS, provides support to families and raises money to find a cure. Her goal is to raise $10,000. “I know a lot of people choose to do their senior projects just because they want to pass,” she said. “But I saw this as an opportunity to do something better for my community. I have 300 tickets at $35 apiece and I would love to sell out the event. “But I’d be happy with selling at least 200,” she added. Completing a senior project is a graduation requirement in the Whittier Union High School District, and it from students. Students must identify and research a topic, write a lengthy paper about it, work with a mentor to conduct at least 15 hours of field work, and give an oral presentation at the end of the year before a panel of judges. Typically, students at schools across the nation that require senior projects put in about 43.5 hours completing them, said Cal High senior project coordinator Pat Hodges. Amber will have logged about 200 hours on her project by the time her SIDS fundraiser is completed. “Amber is certainly going above and beyond what’s required,” Hodges said. “For a student to put in that amount of time and effort – well, this is what a senior project is supposed to be all about. “It will give her a chance to feel like she’s made a contribution to society and done something to help people overcome the grief that can happen because of SIDS,” Hodges added. “It’s an incredible feat, and it’s just marvelous.” Since her brother’s death, Amber’s family has been very involved with the SIDS Foundation, she said. Her parents sought counseling through the foundation, where they also made lifelong friends and helped raise about $5,000 for the organization a few years ago through a walkathon fundraiser. Amber is contacting local businesses, organizations and Cal High parents, asking them to buy tickets and donate items for the silent auction. But she also is appealing to large corporations, asking them to help with the cost of holding the event at Maggie’s Pub, which gave her a discount on renting its facilities. “I’ve had a lot of support from my mentor, Karena Lee, and my mom,” Amber said. “Without them, I couldn’t have done this much.” Amber calls her project a labor of love. “I want to help other people by letting them hear my story and know my cause.” entails a nine-month effort firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
After three children and a high-pressure, high-profile life together as one of America’s premiere sports couples, Ayesha and Stephen Curry let the world know that their marriage is still going strong on their eighth anniversary.The Alamo couple took to Instagram to share posts with their combined 33 million followers, proclaiming their love for each other and expressing how happy each makes the other.“My baby, my love, my life. What can I say,” Ayesha Curry, 30, wrote alongside a selfie of …
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An FIR was registered against Bihar’s former Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma and her husband under the Arms Act following recovery of 50 cartridges from her in-law’s house during a CBI raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal, the police said.The CBI had on Friday raided nearly 12 places in four districts of Bihar, including the residences of Ms. Verma in Patna and her in-law’s place in Begusarai.The FIR was registered on Friday against Ms. Verma and her husband Chandrashekhar for recovery of 50 live cartridges from her in-law’s house at Arjun Tola village during a raid, Cheria Bariarpur police station SHO Ranjit Kumar Rajak said.Different firearmsThe police said the live cartridges were of different firearms.The FIR was registered against the couple by a CBI official, Mr. Rajak said, but declined to name him.Ms. Verma had resigned as Social Welfare Minister last week following a disclosure that her husband Chandrashekhar had spoken to the prime accused in the scandal, Brajesh Thakur, 17 times between January and June this year.The scandal came to light two months ago when an FIR was lodged by the Social Welfare Department following a social audit report submitted by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences which mentioned sexual abuse of girls lodged at the Muzaffarpur shelter home.
Search operations continued on Thursday at an opencast coal mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) in Odisha’s Talcher where three workers are feared trapped.A 30-member National Disaster Response Force team is trying to trace the workers under massive heaps of coal and debris. Rescue operations have been affected due to intermittent rain.Mound collapseThe accident had taken place around 11 p.m. on Tuesday when a portion of an earthen mound caved in and trapped several workers. While nine persons were rescued, one body was recovered. The public sector firm had said that labourers working on the night shift at Bharatpur opencast mine in Talcher Coalfields had come under a dump slide due to a strata failure. MCL (Technical/Operations) director O.P. Singh said sincere efforts were being made to trace the trapped workers.The incident was also raised in the State Assembly with Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra saying that the MCL authorities should be taken to task for their laxity, apart from giving adequate compensation to the kin of the victims.