BEAR WAY NOVEMBER
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZES STUDENTS AT BOARD MEETINGS On November 6, the North Royalton City Schools recognized several students at its Regular Board Meeting.
Albion Elementary Bradley Compton, a third grader at Albion Elementary, was recognized at the North Royalton Board of Education regular meeting on November 6 because he is one Albion’s most courageous students and a true ambassador of the “Bear Way.” He exemplifies the Albion core value of courage. Bradley looks like your typical third-grade boy. For the most part, he is no different than his friends and buddies at Albion. He likes sports, hates homework, and his favorite part of the day is recess. But Bradley is anything but typical. He is extraordinary. Bradley has been diagnosed with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a rare genetic disorder that results in vision loss. Those who have LCA eventually go blind. In addition to his normal third-grade curriculum, Bradley is spending extra time every week learning to read and type Braille. He spends time walking through the halls practicing with his cane and uses the closed-circuit television (CCTV) to supersize the words in his books and on his papers. He does all this every day with a positive, “go get ‘em” attitude. Mark Twain said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” If ever Bradley is afraid, you would not know it. He is the master. He stops to answer the questions of kindergarteners when they ask why he is using a cane. He has embraced his differences and shares his knowledge and expertise. Bradley recently spoke in front of two third-grade
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classrooms explaining to his peers his disability. He gave an amazing tutorial on how to use the Braille machine, showed off his CCTV, and even answered questions. That takes courage! “Bradley, your courage and attitude towards life and the obstacles that life throws us are so very impressive,” said Principal Vince Ketterer, Albion Elementary. “You are an inspiration to all of us.”
Valley Vista Elementary Valley Vista Elementary saluted all the students who were involved in Red Ribbon Week, October 23-26. Their theme for the week was “Good Character, Good Choices – Drug and Bully Free.” The week was set aside to remind students to make good choices and live a healthy and safe drug-free lifestyle. Red ribbons were hung around the building. Red ribbons also were handed out to every student and prizes were given each day. Student Council planned a variety of activities from dressing as superheroes to wearing different colored shirts to represent various pledges students made to be drug and bully-free.
Royal View Elementary Andrew Pacak, a fourth grader at Royal View Elementary, was recognized at the North Royalton Board of Education regular meeting on November 6 because of his perseverance that has led to outstanding results. After several attempts to pass the AIR Reading Test last year, he went from a 38 to a 65. The required score is 44. Andrew worked throughout the summer months and at one time was only one point away from passing. “Because of his determination and hard work, he far
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