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Help Victims of the Northern CA Fires

A Special Announcement from Delphi Academy Middle School Students

Food Drive - Assistance for Disaster Relief in Napa & Sonoma County

We have all smelled the smoke in the air, burning our eyes and throats. These are signs of a dozen raging fires to the north of us in Napa and Sonoma counties. Many people have lost their homes and are living in shelters. The Food Banks are low on food due to feeding five thousand people a day. We want to help the people who were affected by the fires, who are in need of food. The information we have is from emergency volunteers who have informed us what is needed right now.

Delphi Academy is trying to collect non-perishable food to donate to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We will collect food and money donations for one week, until Friday, October 20. We will buy appropriate and needed food items in bulk with any money given. Then, on Saturday, October 21, we will deliver the food to emergency volunteers working directly with the Food Bank. If we have a lot and get enough to deliver some sooner, we will try to arrange that. You can help! We offer three different ways below:

1. HELP BY DONATING FOOD

Here is a list of some suggested non-perishable foods:

- Peanut Butter
- Bread
- Protein Bars
- Granola Bars
- Crackers
- Jelly/ Jam
- Canned Soup (with pop tops; no can openers)
- Cans of Tuna (again with pop tops)
- Nuts
- Beef Jerky
- Baby Food
- Baby Formula
- Pet Food
- Individual Apple Sauce Packs
- Fruit Leather/ Dried Fruit Strips

Special rules from the Food Bank to note:

- No glass containers
- No homemade food (because the food can perish)
- No junk food (such as candy or highly processed food, etc…)
- Remember that they have no way to cook food right now so rice, pasta, etc are not wanted.

2. HELP BY DONATING VIA OUR AMAZON WISH LIST

If you are unable to go to the store, but still want to donate food, use our Wish List to shop.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2JLAYSOY39UBX?ref_=cm_sw_em_...

We will be adding more items to the Disaster Relief Food Wish List as we are told of needs.

You can use Amazon Prime to have the donation delivered to the Delphi address which is:
℅ Delphi Academy
1 West Campbell Avenue, Building A, #A110
Campbell, CA 95008

3. DONATE MONEY DIRECTLY TO OUR DELPHI DISASTER RELIEF FOOD FUND

Delphi Academy is a non-profit school. If you'd like us to do the shopping for you, please use this donation button:





We will use 100% of the money given to purchase bulk items that are needed by the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

All donations -- food, food delivery or monetary -- must be turned in by Friday, October 20, 2017. You can bring them to Reception at the front of the school.

Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,
Jojo and Abhinav
Middle School Disaster Relief Food Drive Leaders

Students Volunteer in Remembrance of 9/11

As seen in the Campbell Express newspaper.

Middle School students stain the Gomes Park sign.

In honor of September 11, seventeen students from Delphi Academy teamed up with the City of Campbell and worked for three hours on September 11 to complete Phase 1 of a beautification project in Joseph Gomes Park. The project involved removing plants and shrubs that were not thriving under the tree canopy, relocating decorative stones, painting a base coat on the De Anza monument and staining the Gomes Park sign.

Prior to the project, the students learned about the 9/11 tragedy, the sacrifices made by first responders and other citizens to rescue people, and met with a young American soldier to talk about his personal contributions to the nation's safety. Although none of the students had been born in 2001 when the event took place, the lessons they learned struck a chord.

"It's important to do something on the day because you're commemorating all the people who were lost and it makes you remember them," said Jojo Koley, 7th grade student.

"Other people gave their lives to help people in the buildings, so it's good that we give back on the day the Twin Towers were gone," added Josephine Tzou, 8th grader.

Students work to remove plants according to the city's plan.

The students worked energetically to dig out the plants, cut back the shrubs and load the bushes into the city truck. Some had not used the various tools before but were using them expertly by the time the project completed.

"The kids really got into it. They were working hard, giving back, getting dirty and getting things done," said teacher David Nguyen. "I was impressed at their passion and resilience, working together on some tough tasks. By the end, they were tired but really proud."

"The hardest part was moving the rocks," reported Darshna Kulkarney, 8th grade student. "They were heavy and there were so many of them!"

Students form a chain to move rocks to the new garden bed.

The teachers shared their own personal memories of 9/11 with the class. Melissa Agrillo was in elementary school at the time and recalled the shock of the day. "I discovered that the kids didn't really understand what it was and why we have a day of remembrance," she said. "So we planned several current events topics to tie in with it and I was very excited about this project to allow them to give back. It was a really good bonding activity for them and they worked well together in teams to accomplish some tough tasks."

"It didn't feel like that much work," said Jojo Koley. "It felt like it was fun so I never got tired of it. I liked when people praised us as they walked or drove by, so that made me feel good."

Delphi Academy is a private, K-8 school located at the Campbell Community Center next to the Heritage Theater.

Students rake leaves, dig out plants slated for removal and trim bushes at Gomes Park on September 11.

Nine Trees Planted at Fischer Park

Volunteers plant trees.

Delphi Academy students and staff joined over 30 volunteers at Jack Fischer Park on August 5 to complete two main beautification projects: the planting of nine trees and the distribution of fresh mulch along the sidewalk where established trees grow. The Delphi team planted one of the trees, then assisted in rock and debris removal from the planting strip. They worked alongside local high school Interact club members, church members and a group of special needs teens from Friends of Children with Special Needs.

Metal Door at Fischer Park with hand prints.

A walk across the park revealed an earlier project the Delphi team had worked on a few years ago -- hand prints on a large metal door. The student volunteers had been much younger then, so their hands had grown and did not fit the earlier prints! However, it was rewarding to visit a previous project and see that it was still in good shape and fulfilling its purpose (to discourage graffiti tags).

Delphi Academy coordinates with the City of Campbell and numerous Campbell non-profit groups to create service activities for our student body. We encourage all our students, staff and parents to join in!

A Double Win: State NatGeo Bee & CBS Bay Area Spelling Bee

Delphi Academy of Campbell 6th grade student Dhruv Kannan competed against the Bay Area’s top spellers at the oral round of the CBS Bay Area Local spelling bee this weekend and will be competing later this month at the National State Geographic State Bee to advance to the championship round for a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

Dhruv Kannan

Kannan, 11 years old, qualified for the CBS Bay Area Local spelling bee after winning first place at the school-wide spelling bee where he competed against about 60 students from 4th -8th grade.

“We did nothing to help him prepare, in fact we didn’t even know that such a competition was being organized in the school until he told us after winning,” said Kannan’s mother Shubha Swaminathan.

Kannan credits his success to his avid reading which he said is one of his favorite past times.

“Preferably a long book about history,” specifically modern history, 1900’s onward said Kannan.

Kannan also enjoys reading fiction and about geography.

“He has been a bookworm ever since he learned to read, and that’s now paying dividends,” said Swaminathan.

Kannan said his favorite part about participating in the spelling bee is getting to learn more words and when he gets words correct. He said the most challenging aspect of the spelling bee was learning words that had different pronunciations. To combat this he studied different languages focusing on French, Arabic, Latin, Greek and German.

Kannan’s father Karthik Kannan said it was a family effort preparing Dhruv for the Bay Area local spelling bee with himself, his wife, and Dhruv’s grandparents all contributing. Practice for Dhruv included looking up words on Merriam Webster, playing online spelling games, and learning different word groups and patterns. Dhruv practiced for the bee about 30 minutes per day during the week and up to an hour and a half on weekends.

Kannans’s teacher Manpreet Bedi also helped him to prepare for the bee. Bedi said they focus on spelling in the classroom once or twice a week. Exercises include spelling dictation and having students incorporate words they didn’t know in their readings into their writing. In addition, Bedi gave Kannan 10-15 minutes per day to go over spelling, spelling worksheets and outside-of- class reading material.

“He never hesitates to ask for help; he is very willing and determined to learn,” said Bedi of Kannan.

Kannan took home 49th place at the CBS Bay Area Local spelling bee.

With the CBS Local spelling bee behind him Kannan will be focusing primarily on competing at the state level of the National Geographic Bee Competition at the end of the month. School bees were held throughout the state for 4th -8th graders to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test which was submitted to the National Geographic society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students from each state were invited to compete in the state level bee. One winner from each state will advance to the championship round at National Geographic’s Washington D.C . headquarters in May for a shot at a 50,000 college scholarship among other prizes.

Kannan is part of the Geography club at his school which Bedi helps run. Bedi said the club meets about twice a month to talk about geography and the students are given materials such as an atlas to learn. Bedi said Kannan continues to remain a model student and is eager to learn despite winning both the school-wide spelling and geography bees.

“He has no ego. He doesn’t have the attitude I’m perfect or I’m done learning.”

Delphi Academy congratulates Dhruv on his excellent performance in two categories!

 
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