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12/13/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Leadership Akron class donates items to Leggett CLC students

SOUTH AKRON — The Leadership Akron Class XXVIII (2011-12), under the leadership of two of its classmates, Valerie Wolford, of Green, communications coordinator for the city of Green, and Joe Swiatkowski, of Bath, president of Hickory Harvest Foods in Coventry, adopted Akron Public School District’s Leggett Community Learning Center (CLC) for the holidays.

Under the name Leaders for Leggett, the two were able to collect more than $24,000 in cash and donations to give to the children and the school, which is located south of Downtown Akron. Items were donated by various organizations and individuals and the help of three local schools — Greenwood Early Learning Center and Green Primary School in Green and St. Hilary School in Fairlawn.

Wolford, whose children attend Green Local Schools, helped organize the Green Primary second-grade classes to collect books and items for the classroom and children, including tissues, school supplies, hand sanitizer and books. In addition, Greenwood Elementary School collected school supplies and books. Swiatkowski organized donations of school supplies from St. Hilary, where his children attend.

Today, Dec. 14, at 11:30 a.m., eight Green Primary second-graders, along with their parents, teacher and principal, plan to help members of the Leadership Akron Class XXVIII hand out the gift bags to each child. After a presentation from Santa, each Leggett student will receive a book bag filled with a new toy, two books, crayons or markers, an activity book, another small toy or activity book, winter hat, gloves, five different snacks, two candy canes and a toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste, according to Wolford. When they return to their desks, they will be presented with a cupcake and juice box as a holiday treat.

In addition, each teacher will receive a large box of school supplies and teacher supplies, as well as a nut/candy tray from Hickory Harvest and a gift certificate to Target, said Wolford. The group also will present 15 iPads and cases to Leggett CLC Principal Philomena Vincente.


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.

“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 contest 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 is April 5.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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