West Side Education News & Notes
Winning schools announced in local paper drive
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Keep Akron Beautiful announced the winning schools in its third annual mixed paper drive competition, which resulted in more than 35 tons of paper collected for recycling from Akron schools.
Organization officials said Voris Community Learning Center (CLC), St. Bernard-St. Mary School and North High School were the winners of the monthlong competition by recycling the most paper per pound per student.
For the third year in a row, Voris CLC recycled 15.05 pounds per student, or 2.68 tons total of paper, to win a school pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Co. For its first time in the competition, St. Bernard-St. Mary School recycled 32.2 pounds per student, which is equal to 2.82 tons total. Also for the third year in a row, North High School recycled 8.02 pounds per student, or 3.94 tons total. Those two schools each won a $500 cash prize from the River Valley Paper Co. and a field trip tour of the company’s plant for 50 students and faculty members.
KAB officials said the 71,770 pounds of paper collected citywide was an increase of 2,900 pounds from the year before.
KAB, in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Co., hosted the paper drive competition in 24 Akron public schools and nine private schools to help celebrate America Recycles Day Nov. 15. From Oct. 15 to Nov. 9, residents were encouraged to drop off recyclable paper at the schools.
The paper drive was designed to prove that Akron’s school staff and students, parents, community members and local businesses can help save trees, which purge the atmosphere of greenhouse gases by giving trash a second life, according to organizers. The receptacles are still in place and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to KAB officials. Filling up the collection bins helps the schools raise money for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms.
For more information on the competition or on paper recycling at the Akron school locations, contact Jacqui Flaherty at KAB at 330-375-2116.
Project GRAD hosting Santa visit
WEST AKRON — Project GRAD Akron will present its eighth annual Snacks and Educational Fun with Santa event Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Schumacher Community Learning Center, 1020 Hartford Ave.
The event is free and open to elementary and preschool-age children and their families, according to event officials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Activities will include educational games, storytelling, reading, holiday craft making and informational booths providing community resources for parents and guardians. Santa will arrive at 9:30 a.m., and children will be able to visit with and have their photo taken with him. In addition, snacks will be served.
For more information about Snacks and Educational Fun with Santa, or any community groups interested in securing an activity or resource table, contact Laurie Curfman at 330-761-7952 or email lliebelt @projectgradakron.org.
This event is partially funded by a Neighborhood Partnership Grant from the city of Akron and the Akron Community Foundation, according to event officials.
Project GRAD Akron was started in 2002, and its mission is to increase the high school and college graduation rates of the more than 2,000 students in the Buchtel cluster of the Akron Public Schools, according to event officials.
For additional information about Project GRAD Akron, visit www.projectgradakron .org or contact Executive Director Jacqueline Silas-Butler at 330-761-3113.
Hoban to provide iPads for students
|Archbishop Hoban High School biology teacher Judy Mohan and student Tyler Canova, of Coventry, look over an iPad. Starting next fall, freshman and sophomore Hoban students will be provided with iPads to use in class.|
|Photo courtesy of Archbishop Hoban High School|
The school’s teachers, administrators and board members conducted research and observed at schools around the country where students and teachers use the tablet computers.
Hoban Principal Mary Anne Beiting said she sees the initiative as a way of teaching students with technology they are increasingly using.
“We live in a world where technology provides the tools for us to organize our lives, do our work, communicate with each other and entertain ourselves,” Beiting said. “In this interconnected world, young people are ‘digital natives’ for whom technology is natural and an integral part of their existence. We adults who are ‘digital immigrants’ marvel at the ease with which young people use technology. For too long, the school environment has asked ‘digital natives’ to unplug and leave their interconnected world aside when they come to class.”
Hoban became a Google school in 2010, allowing teachers and students to use those tools to produce work and communicate. At the same time, teachers began experimenting with using iPads in their teaching. All Hoban teachers now have an iPad2. During the summer, school officials said they created a wireless network throughout the school building that is able to support a technology-rich environment.
The iPads and apps will be provided to freshmen and sophomores. Juniors and seniors will be able to use classroom carts of iPads or bring any Apple-platform iOS 5 or higher device to use, school officials said.
“We want to use technology to support an interactive and engaging learning environment that prepares students for their future careers and lives,” Beiting said.
For more information about the Hoban Connected program, contact Tom Hottinger at email@example.com. Contact Katy Karg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Fahey at email@example.com in the admissions office or call 330-773-6658 for information or to register for the admissions placement test on Dec. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Kathleen Folkerth and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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