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“Mad City Money” – Teen Financial Boot Camp

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By Brenda McCuistion

 

Travis Credit Union hosted “Mad City Money “at Richmond Police Athletic League (RPAL) for high school students on June 22.

 

 

This program involve students in a simulation that gives them a taste of the real world – complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments.

 

 

Students are taught how to create a budget based on their assigned income and family situation and are asked to visit merchants in “Mad City Money,” choosing their housing, transportation and purchasing their other needs and wants.

 

 

The young people are randomly visited by the “Fickle Finger of Fate” during the simulation, which distributes unexpected windfalls and unplanned expenses.

 

 

In the simulation, there are nine merchants including: car dealer, banker, entertainment, grocery store/restaurant, home stuff, kid care, the mall, realtor, credit union and a clothing and accessories store.

 

 

The students learn how to write a check and use a check register. They are also introduced to credit cards and interest rates.

 

 

In a number of students talked about what they learned from the simulation.

 

 

“Life doesn’t always go as planned. Today, I learned that I should have backup support money,” said Nia-Simone

 

 

“I purchased a boat, but chose to sell it to meet my budget. Rich people don’t really use boats. They just like looking at them,” said Jaysen Yalung

 

 

“Money doesn’t grow on trees is what most parents always say to their child and they’re right. Mad City Money taught me how to budget my money and how to write a check. This was a great experience and it was wonderful to be able to participate,” said Jordan Ealy

 

 

“I was able to get anything I wanted because of my good credit score,” said Ira Jackson

 

 

 

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Richmond LPS Students Build Bridges to Support Engineering Education

Eleventh grade students Henry Salazar and Emiliano Rodriguez Sanchez teamed up with 10th grader Elwynn Cabrera to build the competition’s winning truss bridge. It was all part of a Civil Engineering competition for 10th through 12th graders at the school to construct strong bridges in class with the highest benefit and cost ratio — ultimately using the fewest number of popsicles sticks possible, according to the school.

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Images courtesy of LPS Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau for Richmond Standard

Students in Jeff Grossmann’s Intro to Engineering class at Richmond’s Leadership Public School recently accomplished something that had never been done before in his classroom: They built a bridge out of popsicle sticks that, when tested, withstood weight up to 497 lbs.

Eleventh grade students Henry Salazar and Emiliano Rodriguez Sanchez teamed up with 10th grader Elwynn Cabrera to build the competition’s winning truss bridge.

It was all part of a Civil Engineering competition for 10th through 12th graders at the school to construct strong bridges in class with the highest benefit and cost ratio — ultimately using the fewest number of popsicles sticks possible, according to the school.

During class on Monday and Tuesday, students tested their bridges by hanging a bucket from the middle of their bridge and then adding ten-pound bags of sand until the structure collapsed. All the while, students watched, analyzed and predicted how the bridges would perform.

On Dec. 15, the winning bridge withstood a student being placed in the test bucket and 10 lb. sandbags being added to get to 497 lbs. It was constructed with popsicle sticks and glue, weighed 1.1 lbs. and covered a 14-inch span, per Mr. Grossmann, who has taught at the school for five years. He underscored that the winning bridge ended up holding more than 400 times its weight.

The process leading up to the competition saw the students learning about civil engineering by experimenting with various forces, i.e., tension, compression and bending, and then testing different materials, including popsicle sticks, straws and string, to determine which materials were stronger or weaker, per the school.

Throughout the process, students also researched five different types of bridges — including arch, beam, cable-stayed, suspension and truss — and discussed local bridges and why each was designed and constructed in a particular way.

Mr. Grossmann said that as an engineering major in college, he learned the most from classes where he built things and competed against other teams. He said his students “show that same creativity and problem-solving, which I believe is strong preparation for whatever they do after high school.”

Founded in 2002, Leadership Public Schools operates charter high schools in Richmond, Oakland and Hayward and serves more than 1,700 scholars annually. It aims to create “inclusive, empowering and college-preparatory learning experiences for students that equip them for success in college, career, and community leadership,” per a statement. Learn more about Leadership Public Schools at https://www.leadps.org/.

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Richmond Councilman and former Mayor Nathaniel “Nat” Bates recently celebrated his 90th birthday, Sept. 9, 2021.

The councilman in acknowledgment of appreciation to his family for organizing the two birthday parties also expressed gratitude to the many relatives and friends who attended the events and to those who were unable to attend.

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Former Mayor Nathaniel “Nat” Bates and Others

His daughter Gale Bates Anderson, sons Larry and Steven Bates along with granddaughter Rolanda Anderson joined together in hosting two parties in his honor. The first was a dinner party at Scott’s Seafood restaurant in Oakland’s Jack London Square attended by some 100 guests where the Honorable Willie L. Brown was quest speaker.

Mayor Brown made notice of Councilman Bates not only being the oldest elected official in the state of California but in the nation as well. The mayor praised the councilman for his longevity and outstanding contributions to the City of Richmond, State of California and the nation.

Recognition of congratulatory letters and resolutions were also presented from former President Jimmy Carter, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, State Senator Nancy Skinner and personal certificates and words of congratulations were expressed by Supervisor John Gioia and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt.

Attorney George Holland, president of the Oakland NAACP, also presented a resolution recognizing the councilman for his contributions throughout the Bay Area.

The second party was held at “The Godfather’s Winery” in Vallejo where another some 100 attendees enjoyed a soulful buffet with music, wine, dancing and a fun event. One highlight of the evening was when Councilman Bates led a number of his elderly male friends in doing the Soul Train stroll to the delight of the audience.

The councilman in acknowledgment of appreciation to his family for organizing the two birthday parties also expressed gratitude to the many relatives and friends who attended the events and to those who were unable to attend.

Special thanks are extended to nephew Charles Bates and his wife, Jean, as well as his nieces Dr. Nikita Phillips and Ola Caesar who all flew in from Texas and Louisiana for the occasion. Also traveling up from Southern California were his sister-in-law Helen Jean Strickland, nephew Vincent McCoy and grandson Michael Bates. The former Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Williams and his wife, Deborah also made the journey to the party. Councilman Bates concluded by giving all of the credit to God for his longevity, excellent health, financial security as well as to the many loyal friends and voters who have supported his decades of endurance as a political public servant.

Councilman Bates referenced the words of the late, great Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who, upon his retirement, said “I feel I am  the luckiest man on the face of this Earth.”

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Rosie the Riveter Trust to Celebrate History, ‘We Can Do It!’ Spirit

Tribute to storyteller and park ranger Betty Reid Soskin marking her 100th birthday

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The Rosie the Riveter Trust is celebrating the history of the World War II home front at a September 26 gala, Making History Together. The fundraiser will highlight programs supported by the trust in collaboration with Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park: Every Kid Outdoors, Rosie’s Service Corps, and a documentary about the park’s Rosie Ambassadors, currently in production.

“We have a gem of a national park located right here in Richmond, California, where visitors can come learn about the home front and hear stories told in first person. This includes women and men who worked in the Kaiser shipyards, as well as those who spent years in the internment camps during the war,” said Sarah Pritchard, executive director of Rosie the Riveter Trust. “The history of the home front and societal changes that transpired during World War II are important lessons to preserve and share.”

The gala will also include a special tribute to Betty Reid Soskin, who turns 100 in September. Soskin helped establish the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, later joining the National Park Service and becoming the oldest ranger in the national park system at 85. 

Soskin’s programs at the park’s visitor center have captivated audiences since the center opened in May 2012. During her presentations, she shares her own experiences as a young woman of color during a time when segregation and discrimination were common, adding dimension to the stories of the home front too often left out of the history books. “What gets remembered is determined by who is in the room doing the remembering,” says Soskin in her 2019 film, “No Time to Waste.”

The gala will be held at the historic Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South (next to the park’s visitor center on the Richmond waterfront). The Craneway, which boasts a fabulous view of San Francisco, is the former Ford Assembly Plant where some 49,000 tanks and jeeps were assembled during the home front era. 

While individual tickets to the in-person event sold out on August 1, tickets to view the live-streamed event are still available. The event begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by a tribute to Soskin, highlights of the trust’s programs, a live auction, a Zoom afterparty, and entertainment.

Major event sponsors include the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Kaiser Permanente, The Marguerite Fund, Chevron Richmond Refinery, Accenture, Bank of Labor, California State Pipe Trades Council, Microsoft Corp., The Honorable Barry Goode, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, IBEW Local 302, IBEW Local Union 595, and Marathon Petroleum. Event sponsorships are available beginning at $1,000.

Rosie the Riveter Trust is the official partner of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, founded in 2000 in Richmond, California. The Park chronicles the explosive growth of wartime industry, the innovations fostered by visionaries like Henry J. Kaiser, and the extraordinary history of people who were challenged as never before and came together to overcome wartime odds with the “We Can Do It!” spirit.

Event proceeds support expansion of educational programs for all ages and preservation of historical resources for the Bay Area and the nation.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the trust’s web site at www.rosietheriveter.org. For sponsorships, contact Executive Director Sarah Pritchard, at 510-507-2276, or by email at sarah@rosietheriveter.org.

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