Members of the thrash-metal band Metallica will continue to help fighting hunger and bring more supplies into food banks around the country later this month when their second annual “Day of Service” takes place on May 22nd. The country-wide volunteering initiative is part of the band’s All Within My Hands charitable foundation, which launched in 2017.Related: Over 250 Musicians Gather In Russia To Perform Metallica’s “Sad But True”Over the last two years, All Within My Hands has raised a reported $7 million through the band and donations brought in from board members, in addition to $2 million in grant funding. Those are just the most recent numbers however, as Metallica has also spent the last two decades donating a portion of their ticket sales from every North American and European tour to benefit food banks. In addition to setting initiatives that combat hunger, All Within My Hands also provides workforce education.For the May 22nd event, the band encourages fans around the country to join them in volunteering to help those in need.“When we were talking about the mission of the foundation, it was really important to the band that fans be involved,” All Within My Hands board member Vickie Strate said about the overall goals of the band’s philanthropic arm. “We wanted people to feel like they could touch it without feeling like they needed to make a donation. That led logically to volunteerism.”Metallica – Second Annual Day of Service[Video: AllWithinMyHandsFoundation]Fans or anyone with some spare time on their hands on May 22nd can sign up to take part in this year’s event through the organization’s website, where they’ll also find a listing of participating food banks around the country. Walk-in volunteers will not be accepted. Participants can also enter the chance to win Metallica memorabilia by sharing content from their volunteering experience on social media.[H/T Billboard]
ABILENE, Texas – The 23rd annual Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge sees four IMCA divisions in action Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14.IMCA Modifieds race for $2,000 to win their main event, a qualifier for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods both run for $1,700 to win. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $650.An open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. All four divisions can time trial as part of that evening’s Fast Lap Challenge, with the top two cars in each class receiving an optional provisional if they don’t qualify.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for military with ID, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, on Facebook and at the www.abilenespeedway.com website.
SIMI VALLEY Middle schools aren’t what they used to be at least that’s the message Simi Valley teachers want students to understand. Before 2004, eighth-graders were allowed to move on to high school despite failing classes if they passed state standardized tests. Today, they are required to pass 75 percent of their classes, and educators continue to find ways to push students to achieve at the city’s three middle schools Hillside, Sinaloa and Valley View. “We have the beginning of a great program,” said Dayle Gillick, president of the Simi Educators Association, which represents 1,000 teachers in the Simi Valley Unified School District. “It’s not completed. It’s ongoing. We’ve really worked hard on this.” The plan, which has accelerated during this school year, is to rigorously monitor students’ progress and reach out to at-risk children with intervention programs. It also emphasizes parental involvement, including quarterly meetings, and student one-on-ones. “We’re trying to put in steps that will lead to our ability to intervene with students and assist them in their academic progress,” said Bill Waxman, the district’s director of secondary education. “We’re making an effort this year to try to put things in place so if they need assistance, they’ll have it.” While the district couldn’t provide numbers on exactly how many students are falling behind, Waxman put the figure in the “hundreds.” A task force composed mostly of teachers began restructuring the promotion policy nearly two years ago with recommendations to the district. Gillick said one of the biggest outcomes has been improved communication among parents, students and elementary and secondary education teachers to identify struggling students. California Department of Education rules allow districts to develop their own promotion and retention policies under minimum state requirements. The district is also looking into hiring three at-risk coordinators at each school site and adding a seven-period day. “Up until this year, you just didn’t have to pass seventh and eighth grade,” school board member Greg Stratton said. “It’s a work in progress. The idea is to get them all to pass. The kids knew they didn’t have to do anything, so they did nothing.” [email protected] (805) 583-7604 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!