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5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Revere Local Schools celebrate teacher excellence

BATH — Students, parents, faculty, staff and community residents of the Revere Local School District are invited to nominate an outstanding teacher for the Revere Schools Recognition for Teacher Excellence Award.

The Revere Schools Recognition for Teacher Excellence Awards were established by residents Chris and Gigi Kostoff to recognize the hard work and dedication of teachers who challenge and enable Revere children each day to work hard and succeed. 

Two teachers will be recognized at the district’s annual Convocation Day Aug. 21, with an award carrying a $500 stipend and a plaque. One award will be given to an educator who teaches kindergarten through fifth-grade students, and the other award will be given to an educator working with students in grades six through 12.

The deadline for nominations is May 31. Complete guidelines and a nomination form are available at www.revereschools.org, any Revere Local School or at the Revere Administration Building.

Nominees must have demonstrated commitment to Revere Schools as evidenced by a minimum of three-year tenure. Teachers also should demonstrate one or more of the following qualities: significant impact and effectiveness; commitment to students, including responsibility and concern for academic progress; creativity and innovation in teaching; and leadership that provides a positive role model for students.


Local youths attend drug prevention conference

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Six youths participating in Urban Ounce of Prevention Services Inc.’s (UOPS) Building Dreams Program participated in the 36th annual PRIDE World Drug Prevention Conference.

Founded in 1977, PRIDE Youth Programs (formerly Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education) is the nation’s oldest and largest peer-to-peer organization devoted to drug abuse and violence prevention through education, according to UOPS officials. This year’s PRIDE conference theme, Be the Change, exemplifies PRIDE’s mission to educate, promote and support drug-free youths who care for the safety and health of self, peers, family and community.

The PRIDE Conference included motivational speakers, performances, opportunities to learn and share and the chance for fellowship with other drug-free youths committed to prevention and healthy choices. The youths attended workshops dealing with topics like current drug trends, leadership, effective communication, healthy lifestyles, team building, bullying prevention, alcohol and drug prevention, performing arts and more. Each night featured a special fun event, according to UOPS officials.

In addition to workshops, there were many activities that provided opportunities for youths to meet, work and play with other conference youths, including a noncompetitive talent show, a Muzickfest and an Awards Gala.

The UOPS Building Dreams Program is an after-school program designed to increase the number of youths who avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The program promotes positive life skills, builds self-esteem and provides various enrichment activities, such as cultural arts, field trips, college tours and other positive enrichment activities.

In a press release, President and CEO Evaughn Cagle expressed her appreciation to OMNOVA Solutions Foundation for partially funding the PRIDE Conference. The Building Dreams Program is funded by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Federal SAPT Block Grant funds. 

For more information, visit www.urbanounceofpreventionservices.org.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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