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News - February 22, 2013

News digest

Donate prom dresses

The Princess Project is holding its 2013 Dress Drive through Feb. 24 to receive donations of prom dresses -- from long and formal to short and simple -- to make sure all girls can go to their school dances in style. Dresses, which should be dry-cleaned and on a hanger, can be dropped off at Stoneridge Shopping Center at guest services on the lower level. Accessories are also welcome.

The Princess Project began in 2002 when a high school girl in a youth leadership program mentioned to staff members that lots of girls can't go to their proms because they don't have the money to buy a dress or accessories. The Princess Project, run entirely by volunteers, now helps about 4,000 girls each year at its March giveaways in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and San Diego. To learn more, visit

PPIE Spring Giving Fund

The Pleasanton Partnerships In Education Foundation (PPIE) has started its 2013 Spring Campaign to raise funds that help maintain quality education despite the state's reduced spending of $1,600 per student. PPIE funds continue to go toward district-wide programs that include literacy coaches, extra class sections, class size reductions, counselors and specialists in technology and physical education.

PPIE is suggesting a voluntary donation of $350 per elementary student and $200 per middle and high school students, while noting that nearby education foundations are requesting an average of $570. Donations are 100% voluntary and tax deductible. Learn more at The campaign for the 2013-14 fund ends March 31.

Wanted: Students to travel to Mexico

The Pleasanton/Tulancingo Sister City Association Youth Cultural Exchange Program is holding information sessions at Foothill and Amador Valley high schools for teens and in the evening for students and their parents. To participate in the program, students need to be entering their sophomore-senior year in high school in the fall and have completed two years of Spanish.

The Foothill parent/student meeting is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the school library. The Amador parent/student meeting is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 26, in classroom Q201.

For more information or to recommend a student, go to, email or call Rita Galvin at 249-1885.