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Lathrop Rotary collects funds to help NorCal wildfire victims
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If you’d like to help the more than 500 Northern California families that have lost their homes this week in wildfires in Calaveras County and Lake County you can do so Saturday at the Celebrate Lathrop event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Lathrop Sunrise Rotary will not only accept donations for the Red Cross during the event at the Generations Center across from Lathrop High on Spartan Way but they will match it as well

You can go to the Rotary’s booth from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. They will match individual donations to a total maximum of $1,000. You can also mail donations to Lathrop Sunrise Rotary at 3 W. Stewart Road, Lathrop, 95330.

MUSD board in

swim of things

There could be more public access to swimming pools at Manteca Unified School District’s five comprehensive high schools next summer.

The school board Tuesday indicated they will explore various options. The decision comes on the heels this past summer of the school board partnering with the Stockton’s Kids Club to offer recreational swimming access at Weston Ranch High.

Assistant Superintendent Clark Burke said the board was interested in bring parity to all the communities they serve.

The district partners with the City of Manteca for a few small-scale Parks & Recreation offerings as the Manteca High pool such as open swim. Years ago the city used the East Union High swimming pool to duplicate the community open swim program the city offers at its own pool at Lincoln Park.

Manteca’s three high schools including Sierra High have swimming pools larger than Lincoln Pool. At the same time East Union and Sierra are in parts of Manteca that don’t have easy access to Lincoln Pool.

And while Lathrop High has a swimming pool, there is no community swimming access.

Burke said all options are being explored including partnering with cities or organizations.

He stressed it is just in the discussion stage and ultimately the board would have to decide what they want the district to do.