Almond Acres helps school affected by Butte Fire

–Last week, Almond Acres Charter Academy was focused on learning about the character trait kindness, which is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate and how students may apply the concepts in real life. In that spirit, AACA reached out to a school in Calaveras County to see how they could be of service to the students impacted by the Butte Fire. This fire burned over 70,000 acres and 47 residences.

Just down the road from the childhood home of Amy Brabenec, one of AACA’s kindergarten teachers, is a small K-6 school with 48 students called Rail Road Flat Elementary. While the school was spared, many of those families lost their homes and belongings in the Butte Fire.

AACA students are writing letters of empathy and encouragement and collecting items in a few different categories: blankets, books, toys, games, art and school supplies, as well as gift cards for the specific students that AACA is adopting.

“This service learning project is the perfect example of teaching a character trait, such as kindness, and allowing students to put it into practice through their actions. The students are able to show kindness in a meaningful way to other students who really need it during this moment in their lives,” says Brabenec. For more information, call (805) 467-2095.

Via: Paso Robles Daily News

Almond Acres Charter Academy to present ‘Peter Pan’

–Almond Acres Charter Academy recently held auditions for the musical production adaptation of Peter Pan, to be produced and directed by Erik Austin of Kelrik Productions. Fifty students were cast and over the course of a few short weeks, students have rehearsed and are ready to perform two shows on Oct. 23 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lillian Larsen Gymnasium in San Miguel.

Almond Acres Charter Academy is responsible for paying all production costs associated with putting on the show and is seeking donations from members of the community to help cover costs. All remaining proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies, music, stage production supplies, and sound equipment in order to further develop the school’s visual and performing arts program.

Focusing on the “eight intelligences,” AACA describes its learning philosophy and framework as designed to reach the creativity of each child. “This musical performance is the perfect opportunity for incorporating this philosophy, as it taps into the following intelligences: interpersonal, linguistic, visual–spatial, bodily–kinesthetic, intrapersonal, and musical allowing students to play to their own strengths, and build their confidence.” says Program Director Amy Baker.

There will also be a fundraiser for the event at Sunset Car Wash on Saturday, Nov. 14 AACA will receive 25-percent of pre-sale vouchers, which range from $17-120 with no expiration and redeemable at all county locations, and 5-9-percent of day of purchases

The performances are open to the public and tickets can be purchased, $10/adults and $5/children on or through the AACA office.

For more information, visit the AACA website at or call them at (805) 467-2095.

Via: Paso Robles Daily News