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Friday, October 28, 2011

Lakeland Community College opens University Center

This week, Lakeland Community College Holden University Center opens it's doors to more than 150 community leaders for a dedication ceremony.
The 40,000-square-foot center in Kirtland — across the street from Lakeland's main campus — was designed to offer a more interactive environment to students.

Colleges that offer programs through University Center include Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, Franklin University, Kent State University, Ohio University, University of Akron, University of Toledo, Ursuline College and Youngstown State University.
Participating students pay tuition to the partner universities but have access to Lakeland's services and facilities, allowing them the opportunity to earn advanced degrees close to home.

 Here are scenes from the open house and some reactions given by the university partners about the center


Angela Gartner

Monday, October 24, 2011

Riverside Schools to have community discussion on Monday

Riverside Schools has scheduled a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 24.
The Painesville Township community is invited to discuss concerns about the state of schools and the Nov. 8 levy the ballot.
The meeting is being held at 7 p.m. in the Riverside High School cafeteria.
Angela Gartner, education reporter for The News-Herald will be attending. She hopes to do some updates on Twitter during the meeting.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Perry "Big Buddies" story video

While I was covering the Perry Schools "Big Buddies"  mentoring program that brings high school students and elementary students together once a week.  The story from The News-Herald  was in Thursday's edition on Oct. 12.

The kids played games, worked on craft projects and were enjoying a snack before they went into the gym to do a group activity.

My video wasn't working. My camera would turn on, but then go off while shooting. It was frustrating for me and the kids who were trying to tell me all about the program.  While, downloading a previous interview for an upcoming story, I realized I captured a few moments  of the "Big Buddies" and their little pals. Thought I would share.

Angela Gartner

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ohio Department of Education promotes school bus safety

The Ohio Department of Education wants to make drivers and students to be safe before and after school hours through National School Bus Safety week.

Education officials said  the week runs Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct, 21.

”The school bus is a natural extension of the classroom and Ohio school bus drivers frequently remind students how to ride and wait safely for buses,” State Superintendent Stan Heffner said. “Parents can help by regularly reinforcing the safety message. Ohio school bus drivers transport students over 1 million miles each day. Ohioans can be proud of their professionalism and remarkable safety record."

The week's theme “Be Aware-Know the Danger Zone" reminds students to be cautious any time they cross the street.  Students need to cross where they can be seen by the school bus driver and they also need to watch for traffic, state officials said. The greatest risk to children is when they are outside the school bus. Student injuries and fatalities can occur as a result of motorists who attempt to pass a stopped school bus.

 Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is receiving or discharging students.  Bus drivers will activate yellow warning lights prior to the stop to warn traffic, and will display red flashing lights and a stop sign while the bus is stopped.  Motorists should be especially vigilant around any stopped school bus – with or without flashing lights. If a school bus is stopped on a road divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop.

While school buses remain the safest mode of travel on Ohio roadways, school bus crashes do occur,” Ohio State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Born said. “With the cooperation of motorists, parents, and children, we can all help make the school bus ride to and from school as safe as possible for our children, and make this a safe school year throughout Ohio.”

 In 2010, there were a total of 1,695 crashes involving school buses on Ohio roadways. Motorists can do their part by anticipating that children walking or riding their bikes to and from school may become distracted by what is going on around them.

--Angela Gartner

Thursday, October 6, 2011

N-H Education News Briefs

Kirtland students put on dress drive to help school in Ashtabula.
Senior Morgan Seelinger from Kirtland High School, with help from classmates Morgan Choe, Chloe Hart, Claire Lofgren, and Jena Schnur, made a difference for students in need by arranging the "Cinderella Dress Drive." They collected gently used gowns in Sept. for girls in Lakeside High School in Ashtabula who may need assistance in obtaining dresses of their own. 

Tim Blankenship, owner of Premier Dry Cleaning  and Kirtland resident, agreed to donate dry cleaning and delivery services so the dresses would arrive in ready-to-wear condition at Lakeside High on Wednesday. Administrators from both schools were impressed and thankful for the efforts of the Kirtland High students. 
"They have taken initiative to help others selflessly," school officials said.

Eastlake school receives supplies from area business
Teachers at Longfellow Elementary School in Eastlake were grateful to have the extra supplies thanks to Wal-Mart.
The retailer selected Longfellow teachers this month in efforts to close the gaps in school supply needs.
Each grade level and special needs and physical education classrooms received $100 gift cards and a baskets filled with various school supplies to help inside the classroom.
"It really boosted their spirits,"  Longfellow Principal Ruth Ann Plate said about the teachers. "They were all excited and it was a nice surprise."

 Auburn Career Center teachers get recognition through award  
Two instructors of Auburn Career Center in Concord Township were honored by the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. 
Teachers, Sue Lefler and Robert Tomsich both received the Ohio ACTE 2011 Pacesetter Award. 
The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership or innovative program achievements through service, according to the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. 
Lefler and Tomsich were selected from division of Affiliation of Tech Prep and Academics.
 “ I was honored to receive this award," said Tomsich, an architecture and project management instructor at Auburn. "In reflection, it was the student’s hard work and dedication that made this possible. I am humbled to be working with them and the fantastic staff that we have at Auburn.” 
Lefler, an allied health technology instructor, said she was proud to represent Auburn in her acceptance of this award. 
--Angela Gartner