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Community Journal

March 30, 2011

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St. Veronica students to join Opening Day parade

St. Veronica School fourthgraders, with assistance from faculty and parents, are finishing preparations for their appearance in the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Thursday, March 31. Each of the 60 students has created a costume depicting a famous person, place or company associated with the Queen City. A number of costumes represent Cincinnati

Reds players, of course. Other costumes feature famous Cincinnatians such as William Howard Taft, the first U.S. president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch; majorleague Cincinnati-based companies such as Procter & Gamble and United Dairy Farmers; and sites of interest, including the Cincinnati Museum Center and Newport Aquarium. The students will march

alongside a baseball-themed float in the parade, hoping to bring home a second annual first-place award for their entry. Students at the Mount Carmel school have researched their chosen topics and will provide short presentations to the class, in costume, Thursday, March 24. Also on Thursday, a dress rehearsal will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the St. Veronica gym.

On parade day the fourthgraders will again don their costumes, marching along the route and singing several songs they have prepared especially for Opening Day. Their float, a replica of the Great American Ball Park, will feature the baseball diamond, grounds crew, smokestacks and scoreboard, plus bleacher seats from Riverfront Stadium.

While preparing for Opening Day, the students have enjoyed a healthy dose of baseball in their curriculum: Reading novels and stories about Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson; naming and locating National League and American League baseball teams on U.S. maps; studying baseball spelling words; writing baseball poems; and working on baseball math.


Regional recognition

Batavia High School junior Emily Robirds was recognized during the school board meeting Monday, March 21. Robirds’ photograph, pictured, was one of about 100 chosen from the Southwest Ohio Region to be sent to Columbus for consideration in the 2011 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Although Robirds piece was not selected to be part of the final show, the school board recognized her for excellence in art.


Mt. Moriah Ark of Learning students display their collection of canned goods before donating them to the Inter Parish Ministries food pantry in Newtown.

Mt. Moriah Ark of Learning Children Share the Love’

Students at Mt. Moriah’s Ark of Learning Preschool & Child Care Center celebrated Valentine’s Day by participating in a “Cans for Quilts” project to benefit the food pantry of Inter Parish Ministries in Newtown. “Inter Parish Ministries issued a plea for donations for their food pantry, whose supplies were extremely low. Our students were more than eager to help,” said Ark of Learning Director Linda Harp. The children decorated quilt squares and knotted them togeth-

er to make four unique quilts. For each canned good a child contributed, his or her name was placed in a drawing to win one of the quilts. The project netted 100 canned goods for the food pantry. “We’re teaching the children compassion and the importance of concern for others,” said shared project coordinator and teacher Sharon Curless. As a bonus, Inter Parish Ministries received a grant from the Feinstein National Hunger Challenge that matched all donations given in February.

The Ark of Learning Preschool & Child Care Center at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church also recently earned a two-star designation through Ohio’s “Step Up to Quality” program. This state-wide rating system recognizes early care and education programs that exceed quality benchmarks over and above Ohio’s child care licensing standards. The center welcomes children ages 3 to 11 in their preschool and child-care programs.


Doing decimals

Holly Hill Elementary School third-grade teacher Erin Raymond watches while Destiny Carter works to write the decimal version of four-tenths during math class.

Grant Career Center receives GM donation It is often said in education that people learn best from hands-on experience. General Motors and its dealers nationwide support that theory. General Motors is making a further commitment to enhancing automotive services to customers in Greater Cincinnati, while at the same time promoting greater educational opportunities for future automotive technicians by donating a 2004 Saturn Ion to the Grant Career Center Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Department. General Motors, through their corporate donations program, assists institutions within the GM Training Network.

This network incorporates advanced automotive training with a strong academic foundation in math, reading, electronics and analytical and technical skills. The donated Saturn Ion came from Jake Sweeney Chevrolet through the Gifts in Kind International organization. This group is a leading charity in product philanthropy and one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. They work together with the nonprofit world to help people in need-giving organizations access cutting-edge software, office products, toys, educational materials, building supplies and household goods.

for the past 14 years and has benefited from such donations throughout their tenure. “We are grateful for the generosity extended by General Motors to the Grant Career Center Auto Collision program,” said Pat-

ten. “One of the best ways for students to learn and increase their skills is through the use of handson experience. Donations like the Saturn Ion allow our students the opportunity to increase their knowledge by dismantling the vehicle to view and study structural components and mechanical systems, practice refinishing and reassembling skills. “These options are not possible with customer service vehicles,” he said. “Thank you General Motors Corporation and Gifts in Kind International for your dedication to automotive students, educators and schools and for providing us with the tools needed to advance tomorrow’s technicians.”

Dillow, Bridgette Ellis, Nathan Emmich, Stacy Faddis, Marilee Fehr, Logan Fields, Norma Fletcher, Alex Forsee, Lyle Fry, Racheal Gaghan, Amanda Gettes, Coty Hale, Brooke Hensley, Autumn Hensley, Brianna Hobbs, Brooke Hollifield, Zach Houchin, Travis Hounshell, Mounir Humedan, Jacob Jackson, Tess Jenike, Caleb Knipp, Emily Kyer, Dustin Lambert, Whitney Lefker, Stephen Lewis, Michelle Lindquist, Rodney List, Mason Lynn, Jeff Mack, Max Marlow, Isaac Martin, James Martin, Kayla Maupin, Taylor McCollum, Angela McNamara, Erin

Meyer, Casey Meyers, Jared Miller, Jeremy Moore, Zach Neal, Greg Nelson, Kari Nickell, Amanda Ortman, Jared Pack, Chelsea Pennington, Ashley Perry, Andrea Philpott, Tyler Pierce, Brandy Reed, Tyler Roa, William Rogers, Jade See, Michael Seng, Lindsey Shelton, Trevor Shouse, Elsie Silman, Justin Sizemore, Austin Skaggs, Heather Souder, Adam Strunk, Brittney Taylor, Chris Taylor, Jessica Thacker, Alisha Tolin, Justin Underwood, Ashley Walker, Mikey Wilhoit, Kayla Wise and Kimberly Workman.


Grant Career Center Auto Collision instructor Mike Patten, far left, and members of the senior class accept the donation of the red Saturn Ion from Jake Sweeney Chevrolet. Instructors Ric Kruse and Mike Patten will use the donated vehicle as part of the students’ training rotation in the Auto Collision program. Grant Career Center has been involved with the AYES program

HONOR ROLLS Grant Career Center The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2010-2011.

Principal’s List 4.0 GPA

Morgan Adams, Brittany Bates, Catherine Bennett, James Bond, Allison Brunner, Molly Bruns, Laura Buckler, Mariah Conger, DeeAnna Dameron, Kayla Dryden, Taylor Dryden, Brady Dufau, Paige Durbin, Josh East, Sarah Eubanks, Nicole Fannin, Savan-

na Fields, Jaimie Flarida, Jake Foster, Sarah Foster, Jonathon Freeman, Marshall Godwin, Dakota Gregory-Edgington, Heather Hamilton, Sean Hennies, Tyler Herman, Nikki Houlihan, Blake Hurtt, Madisen Hutchinson, Cyra Jones, Katie Kilgore, Brandon Kirk, Katie Kroeger, Kallie Long, Shelby Lucas, Matthew Mansell, Jacob McKinney, Tyler Miller, Sarah Moore, Cody Morehouse, Tanna Murphy, Chris Paul, Nicole Payton, Garret Ridener, Jesse Rust, Robert See, Krista Sells, Jordan Shouse, Emily Smiddy, Jordan Smith, Kara Soloman,

Morgan Summers, Rebekah Taylor, Jeremy Trester, Jesse Walls, Brittany Warren, Clayton Wehrum, Alyssa Weis, Samantha Welch, Ashley Whisner and Elijah Wright.

Honor Roll

Anita Appelmann, Johnathon Armstrong, Brandon Arnold, Garrett Baker, Ashley Bauman, Kimberly Benjamin, Lindsey Bicknell, Amber Binning, Jacob Bishop, Andrew Collopy, Brittany Crumpton, Savannah Curso, Mickayla Dahlheimer, Amanda Davis, Stephanie Day, Garrett Decatur, Miles Derkson, Derrick


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