Tuesday, October 26, 2004

SCPA features dance ensemble

In the schools

OVER-THE-RHINE - The School for Creative and Performing Arts' Dance Ensemble will perform its Bodytorque repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the school's Black Box Theater, 1310 Sycamore St.

The show includes segments from three ballets: a pas de dix from Raymonda, a pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet, and a solo from Don Quixote. Two contemporary works, "Bouquet" and "Grey Scale," are also part of the program. Tickets, $5, can be purchased by calling (513) 363-8100.

Grant supports hands-on science

A traveling hands-on science program for grades 3-6 will be developed, thanks to a $5,000 grant.

Under a program to provide funding for small environmental education projects, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the grant to Crystal Clear Science for its "Project Hands-on Planted Earth" program in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.

Five schools will test the pilot program once it's developed. Students would attend an assembly and then move through five stations: Amazing Air, Super Soil, Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, Wonderful Water and Nature Know-how.

The Cincinnati Archdiocese, Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Regional Ozone Coalition are also collaborating on the project.

Service to provide emergency notices

The Ohio News Network and US ComCorp have joined forces to provide a new emergency notification service, the Ohio School Alert System, to parents of Ohio schoolchildren beginning in November.

This system will distribute vital information to parents and guardians through multiple communication mediums simultaneously. Parents can be reached through their cell, home or office phones, pagers, or e-mail services and automatically be alerted about a situation with their child or child's school. Any public or private school district in the state of Ohio may register to use the OSAS. Parents may begin signing up Nov. 8.

For information, contact your school district or call ONN at (614) 460-3700, visit www.onnnews.com or e-mail www.customerservice@uscomcorp.com.

Staples boosts supply program

BOND HILL - Cincinnati-area Staples stores gave a big push to Crayons to Computers' seventh annual Push for Pencils back-to-school supply drive in August. Eleven area Staples sold bundled school supplies, which enabled customers to donate large quantities of supplies to the teachers' free store.

Customers also "purchased" $18,000 worth of paper and pencils to provide financial support for C2C. Staples presented the cash donation Monday at C2C's new facility on Tennessee Avenue.

Since opening its doors in 1997, C2C has distributed $25 million in school supplies to the area's neediest children.


Karen Andrew and Sue Kiesewetter

E-mail Clermont County and Hamilton County school news to ckranz@enquirer.com; Cincinnati Public and charter school news to jmrozowski@enquirer.com; Butler and Warren county school news to suek@infionline.net.

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