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  • Mrs.Weinstein Runs a Tight Recycling Ship at Stanford Middle School Raising Awareness and Funds

    Posted Under: Schools in Long Beach, In My Neighborhood in Long Beach  |  May 10, 2012 9:55 AM  |  319 views  |  No comments

    Click Here to See Video of the Recycling Team in Action

    Forty-two committed students meet each day in Mrs. Weinstein's advisory period (think study hall) and volunteer as trash collectors and trash sorter. They are given their assignment daily and like a well oiled machine work quickly to complete the task. "Hall Side" means emptying classroom garbage cans into the hall bins. The bins are then wheeled to the outdoor container where the contents are separated, sorted and stored. "Clear streams" are outdoor garbage containers that consist of a plastic lid and a see-through plastic trash bag which are meant to encourage the student population to recycle.

    Once the container is filled the recycling company removes it and replaces it with an empty container and they start the whole process again - each container load brings approximately $1600 to the school.

    How can you help? Bring your cans and bottles any Tuesday morning from8:15 to 8:40 to the playground area at the rear of the school and Mrs. Weinstein's well organized recycling team takes are of the rest.

    Remember Stanford's e-waste and Shred event is happening on May 19 from 10 to 2. Your donations help!

    Michele K - Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance


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  • T-minus 3 months to FREE Shred Event - Realtors Welcome! Help Sponsor the Jeopardy Tournament!

    Posted Under: General Area in Long Beach, Schools in Long Beach, In My Neighborhood in Long Beach  |  February 20, 2012 9:20 AM  |  373 views  |  No comments
    Click Here for Pertinent Information on the May 19 FREE Stanford Shred/e-waste Event.

    Michele "K"
    Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance
    562-243-2171 for more information!

  • Your Trash Can Help Bring The Jeopardy Game to local Los Altos Middle School

    Posted Under: General Area in Long Beach, Schools in Long Beach, In My Neighborhood in Long Beach  |  January 14, 2012 4:12 PM  |  513 views  |  No comments
  • From Cubes to Chile, it was an exciting Jeopardy game at Stanford in Los Altos

    Posted Under: General Area in Long Beach, Schools in Long Beach, In My Neighborhood in Long Beach  |  July 4, 2011 8:32 PM  |  456 views  |  No comments
    An exciting Jeopardy Tournament at Stanford Middle School in Los Altos started off with the 6th grade championship game between Cassie Kline, Phillip Brandel, and Peter Bishop.  Although is looked like Cassie's lead was too large to gap, Phillip's strategic betting on the final Jeopardy question gave him the win. But as you will see Cassie stuck around to give everyone a run for their money in the School Championship game that followed.
    The 7th grade Championship game played between Fabi Manzano, Milan Perry and Daniele Gonzalez, saw Milan walk away with the 7th Grade Champion title.  Each contest was unable to answer the final Jeopardy question correctly. Can you? 
    The School Championship was played between Phillip Brandel, Milan Perry and Cassie Kline. Cassie was chosen as the third player because she had the highest overall score among the runner-up players.  Cassie learned her lesson from the 6th Grade Championship game and although each contest got the last question wrong, her lesson on betting gave her the win.  Here is the final Jeopardy question. See if you are able to answer correctly.
    Category:  IN THE NEWS:  OCTOBER 13, 2010
    Congratulations to Cassie and to all the students who participated! We plan on being back next year with our Shred/E-waste fundraisers to support this great end-of-the-year game show, so remember to save your paper and e-waste for our next event on November 5, 2011
    Michele "K"

  • Shred Brings on the Happy Dance at Stanford Middle School

    Posted Under: General Area in Long Beach, Schools in Long Beach, In My Neighborhood in Long Beach  |  May 25, 2011 9:51 PM  |  352 views  |  No comments
    The biggest news for me this week was the success of our Shred/E-Waste Event on Saturday. We had such a great turnout that we filled the shred truck to literally bulging at the seams! I won't have the total figures on amount of money raised from the paper and electronics but we had a steady stream of customers and I can safely predict an amount well over $1,000.

    The was the second time Dan Hartnett, the owner operator of Sergeant Shredder and I have worked together and we have decided with make a great team. He has done other benefit shreds but we had the record with our November shred. Now that we have filled the truck, the best anyone can do is come in with a tie. Sorry to be so cut throat about raising money for charity, but I love meeting a goal. 

    Everyone was very appreciative of the free event and we even have Tanya Hall, a Stanford mom, on video doing the "happy-to-be-rid-of-stuff" dance! 

    So how did it come to pass that Sergeant Shredder and I now have a standing date at Stanford each year? I was looking for a shedding service to provide to my clients and at the same time I saw an advertisement in the Grunion for The Jeopardy Tournament of Champions of Middle Schools and noticed Stanford was not represented. I called Jim Birge, The Jeopardy Guy, and asked about sponsoring this event as a local Coldwell Banker Realtor but the price tag was a bit too high for me to tackle alone. I called numerous shredding companies and was either turned away totally for a fundraiser idea or they wanted to charge me an exorbitant price. I was lucky enough to find generous Sergeant Shredder online and the rest is history. They sell the paper as a commodity and split the profits with Stanford PTA. The eWaste idea was given to me by the lovely Peggy Walker of the Emerson PTA.

    Long story short, Stanford will be hosting their first ever Jeopardy Tournament on June 15! We are trying to rope Brad Rutter, the highest Jeopardy money winner, into hosting the event. Stanford has some bright stars and I expect them to go far in this summer's Middle School Champion Tournament. I will keep you posted on times and locations.

    I Love Los Altos! - Michele K

  • Sergeant Shredder Returns to Stanford School in Los Altos on May 21st!

    Posted Under: General Area in Long Beach, Schools in Long Beach, In My Neighborhood in Long Beach  |  April 21, 2011 3:36 PM  |  315 views  |  No comments
    Our first Shred Event in the Fall was such a success we will be repeating it on May 21. We made over $500 by the re-sale of the shredded paper and we hope to increase that amount. Remember the Sergeant Shredder brings his on-site 11 ton truck right to Stanford where you can watch your papers being securely shredded. 

    If you have a business or work for a business that uses shredding service call Sergeant Shredder and mention you were referred by Michele K at Life in Los Altos. Owner operator Dan Hartnett will generously donate a portion of his proceeds back to Stanford Middle School. www.Sergeant Shredder.com

    In conjugation with the Shred we will be hosting an electronic waste collection. Get rid of those old printers, TVs, computers, monitors, remotes, cell phones and such while raising funds for the PTA. Here is a link with an explanation of the various items collected. http://www.ca-recycle.com/

    Stanford Middle School
    5871 E. Los Arcos Street
    May 21 from 10 am to 3 pm
    Email me at MicheleK90815@gmail.com or call me at 562-243-2171 if you need more information.

    I Love Los Altos!


  • Sergeant Shredder really is our Los Altos Hero!

    Posted Under: General Area in Long Beach, Schools in Long Beach, In My Neighborhood in Long Beach  |  November 7, 2010 5:26 PM  |  374 views  |  No comments

    Our first free shredding events was hugely successful and went off without a hitch this Saturday at Stanford Middle School in the Los Altos area due the contribution of many. We started early at 9:45, and it was a good thing we did, because Dan Hartnett the owner/operator of Sergeant Shredder and his assistant, the very entertaining Dan, worked steady until we closed shop at 3:00. By the end of day we had collected over 8,000 lbs of paper which is nearly 4 tons!

    The feedback was overwhelmingly positive because of the convenient location, good organization and quick shredding process. Sergeant Shredder can handle paper clips, large file clips on folders, staples, rubber bands, and envelopes quickly due to the powerful  shredding blades.  Many people took the opportunity to watch their papers be shredded on the remote video screen.

    Homemade cookies and cupcakes, candy and lemonade were provided for the weary at our welcoming table. The “Jeopardy Tournament” did have a donation box that collected nearly $200 but hopefully no one felt obligated as the paper is sold and a portion of the profits returned to Stanford.  Your contributions are very appreciated and everyone is invited to the final Jeopardy Championship game this summer. I will report the total amount of profits in my next week’s “What’s Happening in Los Altos?” blog.

    Thank you to Kim Orkin for coming up with the out-of-the-box idea of a nieghborhood shred and sharing it with me, Jim Birge the “Jeopardy Guy” for his encouragement, Principal Kathy Cruz for allowing the use of school property and working all day to keep the gate open, Susan Starr for her lemonade and container, Elizabeth Romero for the use of her many Coldwell Banker signs, Joe Mendez for always pressing me to speak on camera even when I say I don’t want to and for being such a great interviewer, Sheila Pope for her advice, Barbara Irvine-Parker for coming, everyone of brought papers of course, but mostly I would like to thank Dan Hartnett and Sergeant Shredder for giving me the opportunity to provide a needed and much appreciated service to my Long Beach community.

    I look forward to a second shred event in the spring. If you would like to be placed on a reminder list, please contact me either at 562-243-2171 or email me at MicheleK1010@gmail.com.  Sincerely, Michele “K” Kreinheder

    I Love Los Altos! I Know Los Altos!


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