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One Book, One Community – A Long Walk to Water

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985.

The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay.

Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way. Read more…

Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We’re not ready

This is why we fundraise for Doctors Without Borders.

In 2014, the world avoided a horrific global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, thanks to some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better. So, now’s the time, Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training. As he says, “There’s no need to panic … but we need to get going.”

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Earth Day – Students Learn About Fair Trade

Though most are too young to vote in elections, O’Dowd students can have an impact when it comes to supporting Fair Trade products by voting with their wallets, says Gina Pearson.

“Your money is your voice. Buying Fair Trade products and supporting stores that carry Fair Trade products – or asking a store to carry them – is one of the best things that you can do.”

Pearson, who has been at the forefront of the Fair Trade movement, and was part of the team that established Boston as a Fair Trade city in 2010, was O’Dowd’s featured Earth Day speaker and met with students during MP on April 21 in the Center for Environmental Studies. She is married to Jeremy Pearson, the Living Lab’s ecological gardener.

“I like to use the slogan ‘for the people, for the planet’ because the basis for Fair Trade is in social justice for the workers. But another big part of being certified Fair Trade is that you have to live up to certain environment guidelines.” Pearson said. Read more…

Gene Yang Nominated for Two Eisner Awards

The 2015 Eisner Award nominees were announced today, and Gene Yang is nominated for two categories. One for Best Publication for Teens for Shadow Hero and another for Best Writer, for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender and for Shadow Hero.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at O’Dowd


This past winter, Bishop O’Dowd High school took a major step forward in its sustainable transportation initiatives by installing two electric vehicle-charging stations (EVCS) on campus. Recognizing the growing movement of electric vehicle ownership in the United States (especially in California), O’Dowd developed infrastructure that would support faculty/staff and families who are interested in going green with their transportation.

The O’Dowd system is currently a private system open to faculty and staff or students who own electric vehicles. Our first faculty member to take advantage of this opportunity is English teacher Lani Wolf, who is very aware of climate change issues and the need for individuals to be a part of the solution. Read more…

CPP Visits Crime Lab

Students participating a Career Partnerships Program field trip got a real-world view of how forensic science is used in crime-solving when they visited the Oakland Police Department’s Criminalistics Laboratory on April 22.

Located on the sixth floor of the Oakland Police Department, the laboratory has four operational units – firearms, latent prints, forensic biology and drug analysis.

Criminalist/Supervisor of the Drug Analysis Unit Sandra Sachs, Ph.D., and her colleagues talked with students about how they analyze physical evidence collected from crime scenes in the laboratory, prepare written reports of their findings, and sometimes are called upon to explain complicated scientific evidence to juries in court.

The students got to look through a sophisticated comparison microscope that allows criminalists to analyze side-by-side specimens, learned that there are three main fingerprint patterns – loops, whorls and arches, watched a criminalist demonstrate the swabbing method to collect a DNA sample from a T-shirt, and got an overview of the presumptive and confirmatory tests used to identify drugs.

“It was really interesting learning about the different sectors of the lab and how each person specializes in a different area,” Madisen Bilodeau ’17 said.

Victoria Keast ’17 said the visit helped shape her plans for the future, as it encouraged her to study science in college. “There are so many interesting and fun careers in science. The thing I found most interesting about the visit to the Crime Lab is how the lab uses technology that ranges greatly, such as Super Glue in a fish tank (which helps reveal latent fingerprints) to robots that extract DNA,” she said.

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Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We’re not ready

This is why we fundraise for Doctors Without Borders.

In 2014, the world avoided a horrific global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, thanks to some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better.

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