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2/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Elms event marks 90th anniversary

WEST AKRON — Our Lady of the Elms will honor Sister Maura Bartel and the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a dinner and fundraiser marking the school’s 90th anniversary Feb. 22.

The event will take place at the school, 1375 W. Exchange St., starting with a Mass at 5 p.m., followed by cocktails at 6 and dinner at 7 p.m. The black-tie optional event will include valet parking, with attendees asked to enter from the West Market Street entrance.

Elms officials said Bartel will be honored for her decades of dedicated service to the school, an independent, Catholic school rooted in the Dominican tradition. The Dominican Sisters will be honored for their efforts to educate young women leaders since 1923.

Tickets for the event are $90 and may be purchased at www.theelms.org. For more information, call 330-867-0880.


Spring Garden Waldorf School honors alumna at March 22 benefit auction

Laura Wallerstein
DOWNTOWN AKRON — At this year’s 25th Annual Benefit Auction, taking place March 22 at Greystone Hall, Spring Garden Waldorf School (SGWS) will honor and award an alumna who has made a difference and brought about positive change in the world, according to SGWS officials. 

This award, “The Waldorf Difference,” will be given to Laura Wallerstein, of West Akron, for her participation as a board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit and Medina Counties and her involvement in Torchbearers and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. 

Wallerstein has been recognized for her career success by being named a 2014 Ohio Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine.

Wallerstein began in public school and, according to school officials, advocated for her own switch to Waldorf education.

“After enrolling in SGWS, my mother tells me that I ‘went from being sad to being happy.’ As an adult, I simply have no memory of being anything but joyful in my grade school years. SGWS stripped away the pressures of a strictly academic-content curriculum and gave me the space to explore what a happy childhood could be like,” she stated in a press release. She added, “The Spring Garden Waldorf School community gave me more than an education; it gave me the space to be happy, the confidence to be unique, and the ability to appreciate the strength in others.”

Wallerstein practices in the Akron law office of Brennan, Manna and Diamond.

The Coming Together Auction Gala is open to the public, and tickets are $75 per person and include a tapas meal or strolling dinner, open bar and live entertainment. All auction and ticket sales proceeds benefit SGWS.

The event will open at 5 p.m. at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St.

The auction night consists of two main parts. First, patrons can peruse tables of items in the silent auction as they eat tapas and drink cocktails. After the silent auction, dessert will be put out as the auctioneer leads the live auction for items listed in the program. The event also will include raffle games and entertainment and a special alumni presentation.

Tax-deductible donations for the event are still being accepted online at sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/donate_items/new. Tickets can be purchased at sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/register/ticket_sales.


Nominations sought for Highland Pride Awards

GRANGER — Each school year, the Highland Local Schools Board of Education recognizes two people whose work for the district exemplifies an extraordinary spirit of pride.

Highland Pride Awards will be given to one Highland Local School District employee and one member of the community at the April 14 Board of Education meeting at Highland High School. A reception will follow.  

The Highland Pride Committee is accepting nominations of people to receive this year’s Highland Pride Award.

Letters of nomination must include the following information and are due by March 11: name, address and phone number of the nominee (must be at least 18 years of age); reason(s) for the nomination; number of years of service and support; type of service to Highland Schools; explanation of involvement in schools or with students; and a listing of specific actions, occasions, accomplishments, etc.

Submit letters of nomination to Dawn Marzano, director of communications, Highland Local Schools, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, OH 44256, or email nominations to marzano@highlandschools.org. For more information, call 330-239-1901, ext. 1261.


CVNP seeking teachers for Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program

CVNP — The National Park Service is seeking qualified teachers to work this summer in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

In its seventh year, the TRT program seeks teachers to work eight weeks in national parks across the country. Teachers will engage with park education projects, learn about park resources and develop lesson plans to use in their classrooms during the following school year and during National Park Week in April 2015. Teachers have the opportunity to earn graduate credit for their experience, according to CVNP officials.

Former TRT Rosemary Krupar, a third-grade teacher in the Crestwood Local School District, has been bringing students in her Nature Treks program to CVNP and plans to feature the park during her Earth Day celebration, which will round out National Park Week in April.

“I have always loved teaching children about nature, but at CVNP I went out of my comfort zone on so many levels,” she stated in a press release. “To have a child take your hand as we hiked, to show them the flat rocks to cross a stream and to revel in their sense of discovery as they hold a tadpole or salamander for the first time was extremely rewarding. Working with city children was even more rewarding. To help a child overcome their fear of the forest is like planting seeds for future exploration and confidence for them.”

For details, application and job description, call Pamela Barnes at 330-657-2796, ext. 113, or visit www.nps.gov/cuva/forteachers/teacher-ranger-teacher-program.htm. The deadline is April 1.


State scholarship enrollment period open

COLUMBUS — The application window for Ohio scholarship programs is now open.

Parents whose children are applying for a Special Needs Scholarship must be enrolled in a participating school or service provider before April 15, and those applying for an EdChoice Scholarship or Income-Based Scholarship may enroll in a participating private school through April 18. A second summer application window will open in July for the EdChoice and Income-Based Scholarship Programs.

EdChoice Scholarships are available to students who are attending, entering or assigned to attend the state’s lowest-rated public schools. The scholarships are worth up to $4,250 per year for students in grades kindergarten through eight and up to $5,000 for high school students and can be used toward tuition at the participating private school of their choice through high school graduation. There are 60,000 scholarships available for eligible students.

Income-Based Scholarships are an option for students who are entering kindergarten or first grade in the 2014-15 school year if their family’s income is at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The scholarships are worth $4,250 and can be used to cover tuition at the participating private school of their choice through high school graduation. There are more than 4,000 of these scholarships available.

Any kindergarten through 12th-grade student in Ohio with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible to apply for a Special Needs Scholarship. These are worth $7,000 to $20,000, depending on the child’s special needs. The scholarships can be used toward tuition at a participating school and to pay for services at private service providers, such as therapists. There are more than 11,000 scholarships available.

Families who have questions about scholarship eligibility, the programs or any of the other education options available to Ohio students can contact School Choice Ohio at 800-673-5876. For additional information, visit www.scohio.org.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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