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Celebration of Education returning to showcase student work

2/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Green Local Schools will present what they do best at the Celebration of Education, which will return March 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green High School after several years off. 

The event, presented by the Green Schools Foundation (GSF), will showcase academic work, artwork, band and choir performances and other accomplishments of students in preschool through 12th grade, according to Nancy Pruneski, who is president of the GSF and co-chairing the Celebration of Education event with Abby Kuwatch.

GSF was formed in 1991 to promote academic excellence in Green Local Schools by awarding academic classroom grants for special activities and projects and student scholarships to graduating seniors, according to its website.

Pruneski said the last Celebration of Education event was held in 2005, after which it became the Learning Expo and then changed to become the Green Community Expo and Health Fair, organized by the Green Chamber of Commerce and moved to the Portage Lakes Career Center in Green.

“The foundation had been approached by administrators, teachers and parents to bring the event back to its original format and highlight student work,” she said. “This event will put the focus back on the students, but also showcase the businesses in our area that support students.”

Pruneski said the event has been reformatted to display student work in sections by age levels to make it easier for parents to find and see their children’s work. Displays by businesses and organizations will be set up in the sections related to the age group they serve.

For example, elementary school students’ work will be on display near businesses such as preschools and other services that may be of interest to this age group, and the area displaying high school students’ accomplishments will include businesses that offer prom services and more.

“We want to make it more conducive for everybody, improve traffic flow and make it easier for parents to get to what they want to see instead of having to go through everything,” said Pruneski.

In addition to student work, the Celebration of Education will include: Greenwood Primary and Greenwoood Early Learning Center staff’s annual “Faculty Follies” show in the auditorium at 12:30 and 2 p.m.; the Dance Team clinic at 2 p.m. in the main gym; and Your Events Source Inflatables for children in the auxiliary gym. Also planned is a scholastic book fair and an art gallery of student work on display in the library.

For high school students, a Career and College Ready area will be set up in the Senior Commons, the cafeteria area for high school seniors.

Visitors to Celebration of Education will be able to enjoy lunch on-site provided by restaurants.

According to event officials, participating businesses and organizations to date include: Akron Racers Charities; Boy Scouts of America, Great Trails Council, Lakes District; the city of Green; Green Historical Society; Green Branch Library; Summit County Sheriff’s Office; Portage Lakes Career Center; Loving Hands Preschool; The Goddard School; Walnut Wood Preschool and Day Care; Guiseppe’s Pizza; The Twisted Olive; Curtis Photography; ShutterBooth; South Side News Leader; Lifestyles at Akron General Health & Wellness Center — Green; Camp Y Noah; Green Family YMCA; 4.40 Performance; Boggs Chiropractic; Spoonhower Orthodontics; Donamarc Water Systems Co.; Forquer Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.; PNC Bank; Sully’s Rental; and Toth Buick GMC.

The event is free and open to the public.

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