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5/23/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Buchtel CLC presenting speakers, displays for The Promise Project


WEST AKRON — Buchtel Community Learning Center (CLC) is premiering its history and English students’ community engagement event tonight, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the school, 1040 Copley Road. This event is the launch of The Promise Project and will feature two speakers, El Fadel Arbab, a Darfur genocide survivor, and Leo Silberman, a Holocaust survivor.

This event is free to all and will also feature displays and artwork by the students involved in The Promise Project. There also will be a question-and-answer session with the speakers.

The leaders of The Promise Project, Kristy Nelson and Drew Hoisington, are, respectively, English and history teachers at Buchtel. They co-teach their class called American Studies with the goal of engaging their students with the community at large as they take what they have learned and create community-based projects, according to Buchtel CLC officials. The Buchtel PTA is a sponsor of this event.

With the slogan “Remember the Promise of Never Again, Give Darfuris Promise for the Future,” the students and teachers hope to connect Akron students and the Akron area community with the people who have been affected by the genocide in Darfur.

Attendees will go to the gymnasium, where the students have displays. Donations will be accepted, with the goal to raise $1,000 for the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools.

In a press release, Nelson said of her students, “I am trying to get them to understand the connection of history and the present.”

Student Courtney McNeil came up with the name The Promise Project.

Another community sponsor, Akron International Friendship (AIF), is assisting in publicity, providing resources and identifying a host for Arbab. Damon Blue and David Clayton, of Akron, will provide a place to stay for Arbab during his visit.

Nelson and Hoisington are seeking other community volunteers and organizations that can help support the Buchtel students and teachers and sustain the The Promise Project.

For details, call Buchtel CLC at 330-761-7945.


Nominations being accepted for All-County Teaching Team

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County residents are encouraged to nominate outstanding educators to the 2013 Summit County All-County Teaching Team.

Nominations are being welcomed from students, teachers, administrators, parents and members of the community at large who know a teacher deserving of being recognized for hard work and dedication to educating children.

Nomination forms are available at www.cybersummit.org (click on “Summit County Education Celebration”).

Members of the Summit County Teaching Team must have taught full-time, grades kindergarten through 12, during the 2012-13 school year. One teacher from each Summit County school district, one teacher from Summit County parochial schools and one from Summit County private schools will be selected from those nominated and named to the 2013 All-County Teaching Team. The deadline for all nominations is May 31.

Each member of the teaching team will be recognized at the sixth annual Education Celebration banquet in their honor, sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital, the Summit County Educational Service Center, Akron Beacon Journal, Clear Channel and Shannon English Marketing Group, in October. One teacher will be recognized as the 2013 Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the event.

For more details, call 330-433-2888.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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