Runs, gifts, food, murals and films are just in time for the holidays


Wilson School's running club is hosting its first annual 5K run/walk at Shollenberger Park Saturday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the run starting at 9 a.m. Event registration forms are available on the school's webpage at wilsonschoolpetaluma.org. The family friendly community event offers parent/child divisions — all named for cats since Wilson School's mascot is the Wildcat.

Just in time for training for the race, Wilson School received a gift from local Eagle Scout Ben Randall. Randall recently completed an improvement project for the campus using the skills he learned in a variety of shop classes as a student at Petaluma High School. He put in three new drinking fountains. Of the two fountains out by the school track so students in physical education classes and at recess can access water right there rather than have to go back up to the main building, and a third fountain is at the campus' upper-grade playground area. Principal Eric Hoppes is grateful for these additions at the campus, and knows all the students appreciate Randall's efforts and example of how you can make a difference in your community at any age. Randall is a member Boy Scout Troop 105 and is connected to the LDS Church in town.

Donations of gift items for the annual Student Holiday Shop at Cinnabar Elementary School are being collected now through Monday. The student fundraiser supports the school's efforts to participate at the Walker Creek science camp for sixth graders, according to teacher Deborah Waggoner. Drop off donated items to the school office.

Petaluma Junior High School kicked off a campuswide canned food drive last week. The program will run through Dec. 20, with all proceeds going to local families in need this holiday season, according to PJHS Principal Renee Semik.

Also happening at PJHS is the Wednesday drama performance, "Plain Jane and the Daring Defeat of the Despicable Duo" in the multipurpose room beginning at 7 p.m. Contact the school office at 778-4724 for more information on reserving seats for this theatrical performance.

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