By Sue Kiesewetter
MOUNT WASHINGTON - Two plastic climber castles and slides have been added to the playground at Sands Montessori School through the efforts of the students' parents who raised $25,000 for the equipment.
Parents also planted a new "curriculum garden" last month that they designed in cooperation with teachers. Students will use the garden to study insects and botany. It features flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Sands received a grant from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to install a second curriculum garden focused on butterflies. Students will study particular butterflies and their needs before developing methods to provide for each kind by raising plants from seed.
The Neighborhood Gardens Program of the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati donated materials for raised beds in the curriculum gardens.
UK, Princeton seniors face off in exhibition basketball
SHARONVILLE - Princeton High School will host the University of Kentucky Barnstorming Basketball Tour at 7:30 p.m. today in the gymnasium, 11080 Chester Road.
The exhibition game pits Princeton High School seniors against the UK seniors. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students at the door. Information: 552-8396.
The community is invited to attend "An Evening With Dr. Neila A. Connors" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Matthews Auditorium, 11080 Chester Road. Connors will speak about middle school education.
Milford Schools offer adult computer classes for beginners
MILFORD - Two computer courses will be offered through the Milford Schools' adult education program.
A four-week beginners class will be offered Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Mulberry Elementary, 5950 Buckwheat Road, beginning May 3.
Basics of Microsoft Office, will be taught for four Wednesdays, from 7-8:30 p.m., beginning May 12, at Mulberry.
Cost is $75 for either class. Register/information: 576-2231.
Madeira board invites public's ideas for new district schools
MADEIRA - Residents of Madeira will get the opportunity to tell the school board what they'd like to see in the new Sellman Middle School and Dumont Primary at a public meeting set for 7 p.m. today at Medert Auditorium at the junior/senior school, 7465 Loannes Drive.
Architects will discuss options for both schools plus the renovation of the high school before opening the floor to questions and ideas from the public.
Rapid Run students donate to Ronald McDonald House
DELHI TWP. - Rapid Run Middle School students recently collected 180 pounds in pop can tabs as a fund-raiser for the Ronald McDonald House. The collections netted enough to pay for a family to stay four nights at the house.
Blood drive to be held Friday at Western Row School
MASON - Western Row School is partnering with the Hoxworth Blood Center to sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 755 Western Row Road. Make appointments by calling 398-5821, ext. 5001.
Dohn Community High School enrollment open for 2 grades
WALNUT HILLS - Dohn Community High School is enrolling students in the ninth and 10th grades who live in Hamilton, Butler or Clermont counties.
The school conducts random drug testing on all students. A full-time school counselor, chemical dependency counselor and licensed social worker provide free counseling to students and their parents. Information: 281-6100
Author, former zoo worker to visit Hill Intermediate
BETHEL - Author Kat Shehata will visit Hill Intermediate School Tuesday.
Author of San Francisco's Famous Sea Lions, Shehata began her professional career in 1988 as an exotic animal trainer and zookeeper for the Cincinnati Zoo.
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