Local education from the perspective of citizens and students
Buchtel Community Learning Center will host a public event featuring two survivors of historical atrocities as part of its history and English students’ Promise Project. El Fadel Arbab, a Darfur genocide survivor, and Leo Silberman, a Holocaust survivor, will appear May 23 at 6 p.m.
The event is free and also will feature displays and artwork by the students involved in The Promise Project.
The Promise Project is under the direction of Kristy Nelson and Drew Hoisington, English and history teachers, respectively. The two instructors co-teach a class called American Studies, with the goal of engaging their students with community-based projects. The Buchtel PTA is a sponsor of this event.
Tallmadge Middle School was visited last month by Shannon Anicas, an American who, thanks to a scholarship, was able to live in China for a year. For more on the speaker visit https://www.facebook.com/shannon.anicas?ref=tn_tnmn.
Here is her interview.
Do Chinese people use chopsticks for every meal?
Yes, they use them to cook with, too. By the time I left China, I was able to even eat ice cream with them.
Why is studying in China your passion?
I have always been fascinated with Asian culture because of my Grandfather. In 2008, because of the Olympics being in Beijing, there were many shows on television about China and I wanted to know more. When I returned to school that fall to get my degree, I chose to take as many classes as I could on China and Chinese culture.
Tallmadge Middle School students splash into the Philippines with guest speaker
(Editor's note: the following article is provided by a group of student community reporters from Tallmadge Middle School as part of the Akron International Friendship's Know Your World, Know Your Community project, which explores local and global diversity with area sixth-graders. On March 19, the students were visited by University of Akron Graduate student Leandro Venturia, an international student from the Philippines. While at the school he talked about life in the Philippines and shared facts about the country. After the presentation the TMS student reporters asked Leandro a few questions.)
If I were to visit the Philippines, what sites would I want to make sure not to miss?
Manila Bay, because it has what many say is the most beautiful and perfect sunset in the world. Also, I recommend the many beaches. There are white and black sand beaches and with over 7,000 separate islands that make up the Philippines, you have plenty of choices.
What do you miss about the Philippines?
I miss the warm tropical weather.
Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA) students were busy this winter improving their math skills and raising funds for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
OHDELA's National Junior Honor Society hosted a Math-A-Thon for students in kindergarten through eighth grade during January and February. The students who participated got sponsors in anticipation of completing a math "funbook" specific to the student's grade level. Once they completed the math "funbook," they collected their donations with prizes awarded to the top three fundraisers.
According to Jaeda Dancy, OHDELA student support coordinator, the school's goal was to raise $1,000 and the final amount raised was $3,869.
The University of Akron will host two interactive summer camps designed to give teenage girls a glimpse at engineering professions and a head start on a possible career path.
SEE UA! camp, which takes place June 9 - June 14, immerses high school-age girls in biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Students will work as teammates on design projects such as programming an LED display to function similarly to an LED scoreboard. Campers live in campus residence halls where UA upper-class engineering students serve as residence assistants. A day camp option also is available.
(Editor's note: the following article is provided by a group of student community reporters from Tallmadge Middle School as part of the Akron International Friendship's Know Your World, Know Your Community project, which explores local and global diversity with area sixth-graders. This report is a profile of visitors from the Ukraine, including Viktoriya Viktorivna Baltser, Vitaliy Mykolayovych Kravchuk, and Viktor Oleksiyovych Kvasov.)
What is it like to attend school in the Ukraine for students our age (6th grade)?
School is about the same with the same type of classes. Students attend school Monday through Friday. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a 45-minute long break that follows morning classes. For lunch you can either bring your own lunch or there is a buffet to choose from. The day ends at 1 or 2 p.m.
What type of government do you have? What do you like about this type of government?
They have similar laws in the Ukraine. There are 450 representatives in their parliamentary democratic government. Like the United States, their laws apply throughout the country.
(Editor's note: the following article is provided by a group of student community reporters as part of the Akron International Friendship's Know Your World, Know Your Community project, which explores local and global diversity with area sixth-graders. This report is a profile of Maysam Sodagari, from Iran, and was researched and written by student reporters from Tallmadge Middle School.)
How is school in Iran similar and different to school in the United States?
In Iran 7:30 a.m. is when my school day starts. Five hours later at 12:30 p.m. my day is over. I liked school because I was smart, even though we spent the whole day listening to teachers with occasional breaks between lectures. There was also one school for boys and one for girls.
What sports are played in Iran?
Soccer and wrestling are the main sports played. I have attended a couple of national soccer games myself.
What is your favorite food here in America?
In many ways, our culture is one of enlightenment and sophistication, but our behavior and beliefs regarding race still tether some of us back to an insidious past. Whether it’s in the workplace, in public or through social media, race-related challenges are alive and well.
Throughout the first half of February, The University of Akron will offer a way for students and community members to discuss race-related issues in a constructive forum that includes keynote speakers, face-to-face conversations, a film festival and a kiosk where users can literally see themselves in someone else’s skin.
“Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond” takes place from Feb. 1 through 15, and offers dozens of opportunities for the community to participate in a vital conversation about an issue that is as old as our country. The event also offers a number of different angles – whether academic, historical or artistic – from a number of different vantage points.
The University of Akron's "Pay it Forward" service-learning/philanthropy project – funded by United Way of Summit County – was used in the Legal Minefields of Entrepreneurism, a class offered jointly for students in Akron's law school and MBA school.
Six student groups competed for the $2,000 grant. The student group who delivered the best presentation (advocating for the nonprofit they represent) won the grant. Judging the student projects were Judge Eve Belfance, Paul Perantinides (attorney), and Roger Read (philanthropist).
After hearing all the presentations, the judges made the difficult decision to award the $2,000 to Child Guidance and Family Solutions, a United Way affiliated agency. This team was led by School of Law students Lewis Bennett, Christian Gruner-Vazquez, Kenneth Bailey, and CBA student Kelly Loebick-Frasella. The winning team highlighted Child Guidance's "sandplay therapy" room at their new building.