Students in kindergarten through grade five gained insight into the experiences of people with mental or physical disabilities through Everybody Counts, a national program to promote disability awareness among students. Organized by parents Doreen Stanley and Mark RingswaldEgan, Everybody Counts at Lotspeich included assemblies and classroom activities over three days in November with guest speakers from organizations including Cincinnati Association for the Blind, Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Cincinnati, Special Olympics, and Lindengrove School. Guest speakers included Paralympic Athlete April Kerley and Seven Hills eighth grader Micah Bachrach, who partners with a boy with special needs to ski regularly and to participate in the Ohio State Special Olympic Winter Games in January. Many thanks to all of the parent volunteers who made Everybody Counts such a memorable experience for Lotspeich students! Fifth grade teacher Karla Balskus said, â€œThe first and fifth grade buddies had a great time on their trip to the Cincinnati Zoo! When they returned to school, the buddies worked together to make 3-D animal habitats for their assigned zoo animals. The animals and people were drawn to scale, a skill Mrs. Riser teaches in math.â€?
Third graders recently created Literary Mobiles for a book report project. After reading a book of their own choosing from any literary genre, the children built their unique mobiles around the concepts of Setting, Characters, Beginning, Middle, and End of the story. page 8