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4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Revere Council of PTAs recognizes two

BATH — The Revere Council of PTAs has announced that Nagwa Ahlborg has been selected as its 2013-14 Helping Hands Award recipient.

The Helping Hands Award is presented annually to a PTA member/volunteer who has worked diligently on behalf of children. Criteria for this award include providing PTA involvement and support, making a positive impact on the lives of children, participating in activities involving children, and being dedicated to the mission and purposes of the PTA. 

Ahlborg, whose name was originally submitted for consideration by the Revere High School PTSA, has been active in all Revere PTAs throughout the past 20 years.

In addition, this year, for the first time, Revere Council has recognized a Revere staff member by selecting Revere High School art teacher Bob Pierson, whose name also was submitted by the Revere High School PTSA, to receive its 2013-14 Outstanding District Educator Award. Criteria for this award include involvement with the educational process of students as a certified educator, participation in activities involving youth, dedication to the mission and purposes of the PTA and provision of PTA involvement or support.

Both Ahlborg and Pierson will receive recognition from peers and friends at the Revere Council of PTAs’ spring luncheon May 19 at the Days Inn and Suites of Richfield. 

Other individual school PTA 2013-14 Helping Hands Award recipients are: Amy Furuwaka and Cindy Lavoie, from Hillcrest Elementary School; Jen Greulich and Debbie Higgins, from Bath Elementary School; and Jay Nye and Hope Weisburn, from Revere Middle School. Other individual school PTA 2013-14 Outstanding District Educator Award recipients are: Linda Bare and Debra Turner, from Bath Elementary School, and Carol Shoop, from Revere Middle School. All of these individuals also will be recognized at the May 19 luncheon.


2014 Highland Pride Award recipients announced

Sheryl Barnes and Connie Marzullo were recently honored with the 2014 Highland Pride Award.
Photo courtesy of the Highland Local School District
GRANGER — The Highland Local School District has announced the selection of the 2014 Highland Pride Award winners: Sharon Elementary School Principal Connie Marzullo and community member and volunteer Sheryl Barnes.

They were chosen by a committee based on nominations received and in recognition of the unwavering commitment, enthusiasm and generosity they have shown to the students and the community of Highland Local School District over the years, according to district officials. They will be recognized at the Highland Board of Education meeting April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Highland High School Media Center. A reception will follow for family and friends.

Marzullo has been an administrator in the Highland Local School District for the past 22 years. For the past 19 years, she has served as the principal at Sharon Elementary School.

“Through her diligence and relentless commitment to continual growth, Mrs. Marzullo has led her staff, parents and students in the pursuit of academic excellence. Without a doubt, Mrs. Marzullo knows and understands the children in her school. She sees the best in her students and expects them to reach their full potential,” stated her nominators.

The 2014 Highland Pride Community Award winner, Barnes, has been a Highland parent-volunteer for the past 12 years. According to her several nominators, she is the “ultimate volunteer, as she will always put her personal life on hold if the Highland Local Schools need any form of help or assistance from her.”

Barnes, of Copley, is a neonatal intensive care registered nurse for Cleveland Metro Hospital. She is an active member of both the Sharon Elementary and Highland Middle School PTOs. Her daughter, Hannah, is a junior at Highland High School.


Shaw JCC offering new kindergarten option

WEST AKRON — The Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Department will offer a new Transitional Kindergarten program starting in September in partnership with The Lippman School.

Transitional Kindergarten is designed for children who have completed a 4-year-old preschool program but who are “young” fives, or who might benefit from another year to develop socially, emotionally, physically and/or academically, before moving on to a kindergarten program.

“This enhanced readiness program will support the students’ love of learning and will help them develop their social, emotional, self-regulation and cognitive skills,” said Shaw JCC ECE Director Melanie Drouin in a press release.

Children enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten will aim to achieve goals similar to those of a traditional kindergarten program, but they’ll be able to work at a modified pace and in smaller classes where they can get more individual attention.

The program focuses on building a strong classroom community based on mutual respect while fostering social and emotional growth. Children will explore literacy, math and science through inquiry-based learning.

Transitional Kindergarten uses the framework of Jewish values, holidays and seasons. It will follow The Lippman School calendar, which includes days off for both Jewish and secular holidays.

School hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Options for before- and after-school care are available, as well as programming for days when school is not in session.

Tuition will be $4,950 ($550 per month for September through May).

Shaw JCC ECE and The Lippman School are located at 750 White Pond Drive. For more information, contact Drouin at 330-835-0027 or melanie_drouin@shawjcc.org.


Sebco Books delivers on promise of free e-books for life for APS

AKRON — Last summer, Florida-based book distributor Sebco Books announced they would provide Akron Public Schools (APS) students free e-books for life. This school year, that promise has materialized in nearly $100,000 worth of books and e-books for APS teaching staff and students to supplement their learning in the classroom.

To date, more than 3,400 new e-books have been given to the APS, and each school has the ability to request any book they need that is not currently listed. With this commitment, according to Sebco officials, the APS system currently has one of the highest-level e-library sites per building in the country.

“This amazing resource that Sebco Books has given us makes a tremendous difference in our students’ daily lives,” said Desiree Bolden, manager of extended learning at APS. “This partnership provides our staff and students access to a virtually limitless vault of e-books that otherwise would not be available to them. This resource takes their learning to a whole new level, and we’ve already seen an immediate impact in the classroom.”

Through this partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Sebco Books, each of Akron’s 30 public schools has its own individual library featuring thousands of e-books that can be accessed on any computer, tablet or mobile device. Every student has a unique log-in that allows him or her to access a book anywhere at anytime and even bookmark the page they leave off on.

The e-books contained in the APS’ libraries are based on recommendations from school teachers and staff, so they coincide with what students from all grade levels are learning in the classroom. If a specific grade level is doing a project or study that requires additional books, Sebco books will add the books to their library. This large-scale commitment from Sebco is made possible by its long-term partnership with children’s book publisher ABDO Publishing and the Abdo family, according to APS officials.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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