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June 2012


School House

MLES student speaks to Congress about arthritis Mt Laurel Elementary third grader Delaney Cassleman traveled to Washington, D.C., in April to share an important message with legislators. Delaney, who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when she was just two years old, joined other students to share their stories and bring awareness to the disease. “She just woke up one morning and could not walk,” said Delaney’s mother, Jennifer.  “The diagnosis itself was enough of a shock, as we thought arthritis was an older person’s disease.  We quickly realized we were not alone in that myth, and that we needed to speak out for Delaney and other kids.” For the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Summit, she joined hundreds of other children, adults and entire families who converged on the halls of Congress to share their stories and ask Congress to give more attention to arthritis.  At such a young age, Delaney understands that sharing her story leads to more attention, that more attention leads to more research, and that more research can lead to better treatments and maybe even one day a cure.  “We would never have chosen for our daughter to have this disease,” said Jennifer. “But we are teaching her to make the best

MLES third grader Delaney Cassleman.

of it, and that sharing her experiences can change the lives of other children too.”

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Author Jim Aylesworth speaks to second and third graders at Greystone Elementary. Aylesworth is the author of over 30 books for young readers. His latest book is Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Poppop, Moo. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

A collection of children’s authors visited Greystone Elementary in April as a part of Youth Author’s Week, which emphasizes the importance of reading and writing.

Visiting authors that took time to speak to students included Nancy Carlson, Mark Braught, Jim Aylesworth, Tracy Barrett and Colette Tatum.

OLV seventh grader places at state engineering/science fair Our Lady of the Valley seventh grader Lauren Shields was awarded several honors at the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair for her project, “Solar Disinfection of Water (SODIS).” The winning project, Lauren’s first, allowed her to attend the Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where she was interviewed by judges and placed third in Health and Medicine. This top-three finish gave her the opportunity to go to the state competition, the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF), in April at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Lauren placed third in Health and Medicine for the Junior Division at the state level. She also received the following special awards: U.S. Army Science & Engineering Awards Program: Honorable

OLV’s Lauren Shields

Mention; Broadcom Masters: Junior Award; and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize: Junior Outstanding Project.

280 Living June 2012  

News, sports and entertainment for the 280 Corridor south of Birmingham, Alabama

280 Living June 2012  

News, sports and entertainment for the 280 Corridor south of Birmingham, Alabama