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Nurturing youth through Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA) and University Park YMCA CollaborationWritten by Staff Report
The Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA) and the Akron Area YMCA University Park Branch are collaborating throughout the 2013-2014 academic school year to provide current and future OHDELA students with youth development, healthy living and leadership opportunities.
The University Park YMCA, located at 477 E. Market St. in Downtown Akron, and OHDELA share the same vision for youth development, health and leadership principles.
"For the University Park YMCA, it about nurturing the potential of every child and teen. Positive mentoring and leadership along with a variety of sports activities help build athletic, social and interpersonal skills," said Michael W. Robinson, group vice president for the Akron Area YMCA University Park Branch. "We encourage kids to participate in teamwork activities and help them to build confidence not only in their individual skills, but also in working with other youth and being a part of a larger goal."
Robert Fox, director of admissions for OHDELA, added that the collaboration can "increase participation in youth sports, social skills and ensure OHDELA students are in school and receive 21st century skills."
International and local guests recently traveled to Northwest Primary (K-2) in Canal Fulton to share their culture, history, songs and stories with the children.
Dr. Christ spearheaded this amazing event and Akron International Friendship assisted with proving a few speakers and the teachers and volunteers made it all run smoothly.
This year, the cultures and countries spanned across America and across the world. Students visited Australia, Nicaragua, Greece, the American Frontier, Mexico and India. Students were escorted from each country by their homeroom teachers, and as each place was visited the students’ passport was stamped. The students were ushered by their travel guide, a teacher who would come on the overhead speakers and announce that it was time to visit the next destination.
Faculty and students at The University of Akron are making the best of the frigid weather while putting their creativity to good use.
The Ice Festival features hospitality students competing for the most finely carved ice, fruits and other food. The competition helps students become more marketable in their fields, while honing their creative talent.
Poor people live in the mountains, rich people get four hours of energy per day, says speaker
When Tallmadge Middle School students dressed up in Halloween costumes to “scare away drugs” as part of Red Ribbon Week, students also welcomed Humayoon Chakhansuri, a Fulbright student from Afghanistan, who was not scared away. He visited the 6th grade students as an international speaker who is a part of the program “Know Your Community – Know Your World.”
After discussing his native country, 6th grade student reporters sat down with him to ask him about life in Afghanistan. Here are these reporters’ favorite questions.
KYCKYW's fall 2013 program got off to a running start and before we knew it we were rounding out the end of year holidays.
This fall our program sent several international speakers out to two main schools: Tallmadge Middle School in Tallmadge and to SCOPE Academy in southern Summit County.
At Tallmadge Middle School (TMS) we started the year with an introductory session with the incoming 6th graders on September 11. We shared stories of previous speakers and handed out our new addition to the program, our Passport.
The passport was developed to go hand-in-hand with the KYCKYW program. It looks like a real passport and ask all the students details like they would need to fill out, but that is where the similarities end. This passport is for investigating both other countries and cultures around the world and countries and culture right in our own back yard!
Tallmadge Middle School recently hosted international speakers through the program Know Your Community – Know Your World.
This is Tallmadge’s second year with the program, which brings four to six international speakers to 6th grade classrooms and matches the speakers with a teacher's needs in social studies and foreign languages. It also dovetales with the Ohio Department of Education’s Core Curriculum and the push for 21st Century Thinking Skills.
First, Juan Edurado Contereas, an adjunct professor at several local and state colleges, told the students about Mexico’s Christmas traditions and the origins of the tradition of “La Posada”, a pre-Christmas celebration in which everyone in the neighborhood takes part. It is a recreation of the search for shelter by Mary and Joseph leading up to Christ’s birth. The couple goes from home to home asking for shelter through song, and each home returns the answer in a song. The poinsettias are an important part of the Christmas celebration and are originally from Mexico.
Friendly creatures and familiar characters will greet children on the Trick or Treat Trail, a fundraiser hosted by the learners and families of National Inventor Hall of Fame STEM High School. The parent-supported advocacy group, Akron Advocates for STEM Learning, and learners have teamed up to present Trick or Treat Trail to take place Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the NIHF STEM High School located at 123 S. Forge St. in Akron.
The family-friendly event will offer indoor trick or treat, games, crafts, live entertainment, food and a basket raffle.
“National Inventor Hall of Fame STEM High School seeks to engage Akron area communities for a fun Halloween celebration. We are excited to open the doors to local families for this special event," said Instructional Leader Larry Johnson Jr. "This event is designed to be fun for everyone; especially children from walking age to Grade 5."
Spring Garden Waldorf School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, have joined forces to feed West Akron on Wednesdays. Produce grown and harvested by students and their families at Spring Garden school is donated to St. Paul’s community meal – a free sitdown dinner where all are welcome for food and fellowship.
Spring Garden was able to donate 50 pounds of potatoes the children recently harvested for the fall meals.
Suzanne Smaltz, volunteer at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, said, "The longer we host the dinners the more stories we hear; the needs of our local community are many and varied. One young woman was excited that it was a true community dinner and she didn’t feel as if she were accepting a handout. Another guest who attends regularly was absent for a few weeks, and one of her friends let our clergy know that the woman had been ill in the hospital. She had visits not only from the clergy, but from some of the members of St. Paul's. We are happy that she has been able to return to our community meals.”
Cars taste wonderful, don’t they? The salty crunch of the axle rod, the chocolate tread of tires on the tongue, the tang of the sun-dried dash, cotton-candied cushions and licorice wires tangled in the teeth.
This is just a taste of what 31 local middle-school girls are doing this week at The University of Akron’s Multiply Your Options camp, where aspiring engineers tour local engineering firms, digest the basics of the profession and, of course, craft edible cars.
“The girls learn design basics and start building their cars on the first day,” said Heidi Cressman, camp host and director of UA’s Women in Engineering program. “On the second day, they learn about the environmental impact on materials, in the forms of wilting cucumbers and sticky lifesaver (candy) wheels. That’s when their problem-solving skills are put to the test.”
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.
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