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Thumbs up to Cynthia Fischer a member of Congregation Beit Shalom synagogue in Visalia for her button project. Fischer is on a mission to collect 6 million buttons to commemorate the estimated 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. When the congregation gets to 6 million, she plans to place them inside six clear pillars and display them in a public place. "I liked the button idea because they come in all shapes, sizes and colors -- just like the people murdered by the Nazis," Fischer said.

Thumbs up to Dailey Elementary Charter School, which has been authorized to become an International Baccalaureate World School for the primary years program. The IB World School authorization came after a three-year application process that involved staff, administration, parents and board members.

Thumbs up to two Oakhurst charter schools that competed in the 13th annual Monterey Bay Robotics Contest. Mountain Home School Charter's Team Hurley finished first in the rookie division for its display poster. The poster was designed by students to market a remotely operated vehicle for oceaneering systems. Overall, the team finished ninth out of 25 teams. The school's Ocean Command and C Cubed teams finished fourth and fifth in the veteran division, respectively. The Ocean Dynamic team from Glacier High School Charter won the Guts and Glory award in the ranger division. Great work all the way around by students in these two charter schools in Oakhurst.