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Trunk or Treating with a twist

Madrone Montessori preschool students line up to fill their bag with goodies for Project Ride, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to childrena and adults with special needs. Courtesy photo

Sixty Madrone Montessori preschool students didn’t get candy in their bags during their annual Trunk or Treat event last week. Instead students and parents took part in a community service activity the school called Gather and Give. Students at the El Dorado Hills school came dressed as cowboys and cowgirls, walked around to western-themed stations […]

2 Comments / November 02, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teacher helps students build a better future

Andy Kotko

Andy Kotko has been a wheelbarrow racer and a track star, but one of his best gigs is being a first-grade teacher at Mather Heights Elementary School in Rancho Cordova, laying the foundation for learning concepts that his students will carry forward into the rest of their lives. Kotko was one of four California teachers recently […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Young volunteers get lessons in compassion

Local high school students are getting real life experience and helping the community at the same time through the Marshall Hospital junior volunteer program. Volunteers include Ammal Bashir, Anuj Patel, Kameron Rogers, Ella Schultz, Ashley Petrie, Alex Schwagerus, Hannah Isenberg and Kendra Short, left to right. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Fresh faced and full of promise, Marshall Medical Center’s junior volunteers may have signed up to earn community service hours but they leave having learned a lot more about themselves and the importance of compassion. A long-standing program, Marshall’s Junior Volunteer Program invites high school students, ages 14 to 18, to give back. Some 40 students strong, annually they donate more than 3,000 […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Library fundraiser in full swing

Cameron Park Library donors who give $250 or more will get their name placed on the donor tree in the library's lobby. Cameron Park Life photo by Joe McNeilly

Cameron Park Friends of the Library has launched a fundraising drive to replace items stolen from the Cameron Park Library. Over the summer the library suffered a break-in and vandalism. Windows were smashed and a number of items were stolen, including a donation box containing money from Friends of the Library, a laptop, DVDs and […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Project defines Rotary’s giving spirit

Rotarian Barbara Raines, of Placerville, right, shows Hunter Balzer, 8, of Cameron Park his new dictionary. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Cameron Park Rotarian Steve Long, second from left, holds up a dictionary to describe its contents to third-grade students in Ms. Lilia Harding's  classroom at Blue Oak Elementary School. Each year the Rotary CLub of Cameron Park gives away hundreds of dictionaries. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Cameron Park Rotarians recently visited third-grade classrooms in Cameron Park and Shingle Springs to hand out free dictionaries to students. The local Rotary Club distributed nearly 400 books at Blue Oak Elementary, Buckeye Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Latrobe Elementary, Rescue Elementary and the California Montessori Project in Shingle Springs. Paul Stewart, principal at Blue Oak Elementary […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Cancer a life-changer for local orthodontist

Orthodontist Jeffrey Kwong. Courtesy photo

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month El Dorado Hills orthodontist Jeffrey Kwong will give free braces to a deserving person in the greater community impacted by cancer, something that Kwong said is deeply personal. When he was 12 years old Kwong’s parents announced to him and his younger sister that their mother had breast cancer. […]

Comments Off / October 25, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Student of the Month

Rolling Hills Middle School Student of the Month Elijah Hansen, 13, holding plaque, poses for a photo with his family as well as Principal Debbie Bowers, second from right, and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth, far right. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The Rotary Club of El Dorado presented Rolling Hills Middle School student Elijah Hansen with the Student of the Month honor last Wednesday. Principal Debbie Bowers said Elijah has a happy disposition and grit plus a willingness to help others in the classroom and on the sports fields, making him an excellent student. “He is […]

Comments Off / October 24, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »