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11/1/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Revere elementaries participate in fundraiser for childhood cancer research

BATH/RICHFIELD — Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all children with cancer, is taking its interactive school initiative, Change Childhood Cancer, to new heights by challenging schools across the country to collaboratively raise $50,000. By collecting change from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, students will jointly fund a research grant.

Participating in the challenge are Bath and Hillcrest elementary schools in the Revere Local Schools District. For details, see the schools’ fundraising page at www.alexs lemonade.org/mypage/89963.

Classrooms that sign up for the challenge have been provided with resources to help them reach their individual goals, including lesson plans and suggestions to help with the coin collection. Additionally, individual schools will be recognized for their efforts in the presentation of the grant to the recipient.

The program encourages students to read the book “Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand,” set a fundraising goal, come up with creative ways to earn change, track their progress and work together to achieve their mission.

The goal of the program is to teach students that the act of collecting change can make a large impact in the battle against childhood cancer, according to ALSF officials. The program is designed to be fun and suitable for both large and small groups.

For more information, visit www.ChangeChildhoodCan cer.org.


Rubber Band Contest calls for young inventors

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) at The University of Akron (UA) will present the fifth annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.

The contest challenges students across the country in grades five through eight to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by crafting inventions incorporating rubber bands.

Participants compete in either the Arts/Leisure or Science/Engineering division. The inventions are judged on creativity/originality, effectiveness/usefulness, design/execution, essay and integration of rubber bands.

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the first-place winner in each division, and $500 will be awarded to each runner-up. The four remaining finalists in each division will receive a $50 gift card. The top four schools with the most entries will receive a $250 donation to their school. The results will be announced May 24.

The contest incorporates a lesson plan for teachers interested in involving their students in the competition. “Rubber Band Contest: Stretch Your Students’ Imaginations” helps teach students about polymers and prepare them for the contest, according to UA officials.

“The lesson plan, aligned with National Science Education Standards, will allow teachers to easily incorporate the Rubber Band Contest into their curriculum,” said Carin Helfer, assistant director of AGPA Science Education Outreach. “Through a hands-on experiment, the students will learn about the properties of polymeric materials. After learning these properties, the students are challenged to create and enter an invention in the AGPA Rubber Band Contest.”

The lesson plan and complete contest entry rules and details are available at www.rubberbandcontest.org or from The Akron Global Polymer Academy at 330-972-8178 or rbcontest@uakron.edu. The deadline for entries is April 5.

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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