May 16, 2014
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A group of low-income Richmond students showed consistent academic progress and attendance this school year, and we think they deserve some summer fun.

The Richmond Police Department is seeking donations to help send the youths to this summer’s planned excursions at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford and other locations. You can donate here.

The students are members of the Crescent Park Straight A’s Club, which was started three years ago by Richmond police Officer Gary Lewis to encourage youths in the Crescent Park Housing Community to excel.

While the kids don’t need to have straight A’s on their report cards, they have to turn in quarterly report cards that show academic progress, improved attendance and good behavior at school to be eligible for summer excursions.

More than 70 kids are enrolled in the program.

“Your help will assist with the cost of transportation, meals and backpacks for the back to school kick off,” organizers said. “All funds raised go directly to the Straight A’s Club.”

For more information, contact Michelle Milam, Crime Prevention Manager, Richmond Police at


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.