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James Morehead’s “The Plague Doctor” Book Launch Party and Signing: A Night of Poetry and Art

April 15, 2023

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] Dublin, CA–Join us for a special evening celebrating the release of James Morehead’s latest poetry collection, “The Plague Doctor,” at The Frame Company and Art Gallery, Dublin, California on Saturday May 6, 7pm. Morehead, recently confirmed as Dublin’s Poet Laureate for a second two-year term, invites you to immerse yourself in his mesmerizing new work at this exclusive launch party featuring a book signing, reading, and complimentary refreshments. Be among the first to experience this captivating collection, with signed copies available for purchase at a special event price. Limited free tickets are available now on Eventbrite.

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City of Dublin Poetry Walk Returns for National Poetry Month 2023 with Poems Displayed in Local Businesses

April 2, 2023

DUBLIN, CA–Viewless Wings, in collaboration with the City of Dublin, today launched Dublin’s second annual Poetry Walk for National Poetry Month 2023. For the month of April, 25 locations across Dublin are displaying poems curated from 100 submissions by Tri-Valley residents and beyond. Submissions were curated by City of Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead (who was recently confirmed for a second two-year term). Residents and visitors are encouraged to share selfies with poems on social media using the hash tag #DublinPoetryWalk. Explore the City of Dublin and read them all.

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EXPLR Media Founder Jenny Buccos on the Future of Education [INTERVIEW]

March 29, 2023

EXPLR Media is a digital media company that produces educational videos aimed at inspiring and empowering young people to become agents of change. They run two subscription-based streaming video and curriculum services, EXPLR Home and EXPLR Classroom, catering to grade 5-12 students, educators, and families. Through these platforms, EXPLR Media offers engaging and informative content that is designed to not only educate but also inspire its audience. Their videos are carefully crafted to provide a comprehensive understanding of complex subjects such as financial literacy, and even AI, while also encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving skills. EXPLR Media’s mission is to create a positive impact in the world by equipping young people with the knowledge and tools they need to effect change in their communities and beyond.

We recently sat down with Jenny Buccos, Founder & CEO of EXPLR Media, to discuss the inspiration behind the founding of EXPLR, and her vision on the future of education.

EXPLR Media Founder & CEO at SXSW EDU 2023
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City of Dublin Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers at Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

March 2, 2023

DUBLIN-CA–Dublin elected officials, led by Mayor Melissa Hernandez, recognized volunteers with awards at the annual Volunteer Recognition Event, held at the Shannon Community Center, on Wed. March 1, 2023. The event opened with an original poem recited by Dublin Poet Laureate – James Morehead. Awards included the Young Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Organization of the Year, and special Mayor’s awards. Video of the event is included below.

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Engen Learning: Education of the Future

February 21, 2023

Education is the foundation of a strong and prosperous society, and nonprofit organizations play a vital role in providing access to quality education for all. One such organization that deserves recognition is Engen Learning. 

Founded in 2020 by Dhruv Kulkarni, Chitsein Htun, and Moses Hong, Engen Learning is a nonprofit organization that provides free online educational resources to students around the world. The organization was founded with the goal of providing free and virtual enrichment classes to students worldwide in a variety of niche but essential topics. Some courses include AI, Philosophy, Graphic Design, Financial Literacy, and Public Speaking. The classes found at Engen Learning typically run for 6-8 weeks over zoom and feature a wide range of difficulty levels based on different age groups. These classes are free for anyone who can access a computer, making them an ideal tool for students, teachers, and lifelong learners alike. 

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James Morehead to Serve Second Term as Poet Laureate for Dublin, California

February 7, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 7, 2023

DUBLIN, CA–At the February 7, 2023 City of Dublin Council Meeting, the Council voted to confirm the selection of James Morehead as the City of Dublin’s Poet Laureate for a second term starting February 8, 2023 and running through December 31, 2024.

James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA) – Photo credit: Kristin Cofer
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MyAlcoholStory: A Student-Founded Organization Dedicated to Addressing Teen Alcoholism

February 6, 2023

“Approximately one out of every ten alcoholic drinks in the United States is consumed illegally. Despite 21 being the legal drinking age, children as young as 12 years old have engaged in under-age alcoholism. In fact, more than 70% of teens have consumed at least one alcoholic beverage by the time they reach age 18” (American Additction Centers). 

Teen alcoholism is a growing issue that poses a significant threat to the physical and mental health of young individuals. Despite the obvious dangers of under-aged drinking, many teenagers still struggle with alcohol abuse, often due to peer pressure or a lack of support from those around them. To address this issue, two Dublin High School students founded MyAlcoholStory, a website/mobile app where students can share stories about their past experiences regarding alcohol abuse with complete anonymity and privacy under an user alias. 

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John Green Elementary Recognized as a 2023 California Distinguished School

January 11, 2023

Dublin, CA – January 10, 2023 – On January 6, 2023, the California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the elementary schools selected for the 2023 California Distinguished Schools Program. Dublin’s John Green Elementary was among the recipients of this prestigious award. This is the third time Green Elementary has received this honor, joining other DUSD schools with multiple California Distinguished School recognitions, including Dublin High (5x), Wells Middle School (5x), and Frederiksen Elementary (2x). Other DUSD schools to be recognized as a California Distinguished School include Amador, Kolb, Dougherty, Murray, and Fallon.

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A Pandemic Impacted Journey Yields a Worthy Self Discovery for DHS Alumnus

November 29, 2022

It may be many years before the final analysis is written on how the global pandemic caused by the emergence of COVID-19 has impacted our society, psyche, and history. What we do know is that it had an effect in virtually every community. For this profile, we will follow the journey of Dublin High School Class of 2019 graduate Andy Rabago. Prior to his graduation, he matriculated through Dougherty Elementary and Fallon Middle School. As the oldest of three boys, Mr. Rabago accepted and embraced the mantle of role model to his younger siblings.

Prior to even stepping foot onto the campus of DHS, his post high school plans were far from solidified. In fact, pursuing higher education was clearly not on his radar. There were numerous reasons for his ambivalence: Why not simply move forward and work in the trades sector? Would the cost of college tuition be prohibitive? Could he compete and thrive in a university environment? As is often the case, a member of the school community listened to his concerns and opened his mind to the possibilities. In Andy’s case, it was AVID Coordinator, Streisand Hall.

Andy Rabago, Dublin High School Class of 2019 graduate and Senior at California State University Monterey Bay. Photo by: Micheal Utsumi
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Topping-Off Ceremony is a Significant Milestone for Emerald High School

November 15, 2022

A symbolic, yet meaningful event occurred on November 4th at an active construction zone in Dublin situated between Central Parkway and Dublin Blvd. The weather cooperated and welcomed various members of the Dublin Unified School District office staff, leadership from throughout the district, and many members of the community. At 1:00 pm, the site was opened to the public to safely walk-through elements of the Phase 1 construction of Emerald High School (“EHS”).  This was a “feet on the ground” experience to view up close what many had wondered would ever come to fruition.

This oftentimes circuitous journey of realizing EHS officially began in 2015. To gain some perspective this was the same year that the musical “Hamilton” debuted in Lower Manhattan, NY, the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA championship in 40 years, and Microsoft launched Windows 10.

Guests gather to sign the beam before it is raised into place. Photo by: Michael Utsumi
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