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Buffalo author Sarah Klaiber spent some time with students at Medina's Oak Orchard Elementary School recently. She read her book "Treasures" and talked about the importance of appreciating things that are often taken for granted.
"This is my first book," says Ms. Klaiber. "I don't know if there will be any more in my future, but I plan on expand on the message of "Treasures". It was inspired by a mental wellness journey that I started five years ago. I started taking better care of myself and doing something finally that I loved to do, which is writing. I found my children, who always make me happy, and writing, which I love, were the birth of "Treasures". My message to little ones is that they can look around and see treasures every day and i'’s okay to be blue every now and then. My heart just turns to mush listening to the little ones talk about what are their treasures. To see them reflecting on what makes them happy is great. I get a lot of thank you letters from parents for such a simple, meaningful and often overlooked message. I really appreciate the opportunity to be here to share it with the students."
Diesel Technology teacher, Ed Wallace, was recently gifted with a heavy duty diesel truck from the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). He will use this to train his students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. The University is known worldwide as being a leader in training for automotive, diesel and high performance industries in Lima, Ohio.
"We have a recruiter from UNOH that comes in to talk to the students, his name is Pat Dixon," says Mr. Wallace. "“One day I was talking to him about how I would be able to get some used training equipment from the college for my class after they were done with it. He got back to me and said they have two diesel semi-trucks that they would be willing to donate. He sent me photos, I looked at the trucks and after discussion with our Principal, Dr. Weyrauch, and we decided one of the trucks fit our criteria. It's newer a 1999 Freightliner with a Cummings M11 diesel engine. The truck was in very good shape."
Over 150 SkillsUSA students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center recently partook in a community service activity for military personnel and their families.
The students took some of the proceeds from their annual craft fair and chose to use the money towards two Red Cross sponsored activities, "Holidays for Heroes Comfort Kit Program" and "Activity Kits for Military Children". Suggested items for the comfort kits were toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving cream, nail clippers, toothpaste, combs, razors and gum. For children's kits they recommended coloring/activity books, crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, stickers, puzzles, books, craft kits, fruit chews, hand sanitizer and games.
SkillsUSA Advisor, Kara Kirktook the senior chapter officers shopping and says she was impressed with the students' skills. "They spent a lot of time at the Dollar Tree looking at labels on the hygiene products and toys for the children and trying to figure out what was appropriate. They were also trying to get the most bang for their buck, so they would have more to give."
The Medina Teachers Association, Medina Central School District, and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the December selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the three organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Filomena's Favorites has graciously sponsored the award for December. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Filomena's Favorites presented each student with a gift card to Avanti's and some Della's Chocolates!
The Construction Industry Education Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote awareness of opportunities available in the construction industry and help provide educational opportunities and scholarships. They recently met with the Building Trades teachers at the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers, Matt Anastasi, Anthony Molinaro and Nick DiFelice, to see what they could do to assist their students. "Currently they work with McKinley High School and provide them with all the materials to build a 1,300 square foot modular home," says Mr. Anastasi. "The home, once completed, is sold to Habitat for Humanity and placed on a lot in Buffalo."
Students and staff at the High School have been getting into the holiday spirit with their annual Snowcoming. The weeklong event is a lot of fun for the students as they engage in traditional winter activities and various theme days. It's a great way to bond before the winter break!
A special thank you to our Board of Education President Dave Sevenski who donated the tree for the high school.
Students in the Security and Law Enforcement and Certified Personal Trainer programs recently had guest speakers in from Customs and Border Protection to talk about their careers and working with K9 Kay, who is a detector dog.
K9 Officer David Ambrosia and Officer Kenneth Allore, who are assigned to the Port of Buffalo, talked to the students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center about homeland security and the fight against terrorism and human and drug trafficking. Officer Ambrosia told the students that he has been an officer for ten years and worked with Kay for four years. Canine officers agree to the additional responsibility of training and caring for their police K9s. Positions working with a K9 are highly coveted in law enforcement. "I worked very hard to get this cool job. I would advise you to learn about this job by interviewing people about it, working hard and making yourself likeable." Qualities of K9 officers are being approachable and friendly because they receive more attention from the public and have to interact with a wide variety of people
The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association, and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the November selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the three organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
My Cowboy Transportation has graciously sponsored the award for November. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and MCSD Superintendent Mark Kruzynski presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, My Cowboy Transportation presented each student with a Rudy's gift certificate. Yum!
The Genesee Chorale is pleased to invite the community to two upcoming Christmas concerts: one on Saturday, December 2 at St. James Episcopal Church at 405 East Main Street in Batavia and the other Monday, December 4 at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Medina. Both performances begin at 7:00 PM. Presale tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at www.geneseechorale.com or from a chorale member. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10.
Stories of favorite Christmas memories and traditions will be shared throughout the concert. These holiday tales will be paired with old Christmas favorites like White Christmas or fresh, new takes on a familiar text like Silent Night, by local composer and teacher, Stephen Shewan. "I think it will be a magical walk down memory lane," says chorale president, Heather Lovelace. "Nothing triggers old holiday feelings like Christmas carols, except perhaps the smell of those favorite Christmas cookies."
Multiple literary award winner and nominee, Julie Berry, recently stopped into the Medina Middle School and High School to give several workshops and talk about her craft.
Mrs. Berry, a native of Medina and a graduate from the school district, has written over 20 book and has received many accolades for her work in young adult fiction and children's literature. In June of this year, she released her newest book, "The Emperor's Ostrich" which is geared towards children eight to twelve years of age. She ended her day with a book signing at the Lee Whedon Library.
Trainers from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recently paid a visit to the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center to talk to students in the Building Trades and Electricity/Electronics programs.
OSHA works with the public to promote safe, healthy and secure workplaces and enhance workers' voice on the job. Since 2003, the alliance has trained more than 8,000 students in the fundamentals of construction safety and health. Training covers the importance of workplace safety, recognition of the major hazards in construction work and building a safety culture within an organization. The instructional base of the safety and health training now includes building trades students and contractors.
Letter to the Editor/Community:
BATAVIA - After years of enduring physical and verbal abuse, Shari finally left in search of peace and safety.
It was a challenge to change her entire lifestyle - her residence, neighborhood, work, friendships - but she persevered toward personal recovery.
After a stay in our safe house and assistance from domestic violence case managers, Shari found a new job, home and hopeful future. For the first time in years, she was able to sleep through the night without fear that her abuser would try to hurt her. That was until he tracked her down, came to her new place and threatened her and her child. The abuser's anger and level of intimidation shook Shari to her very core and left her in a heap of tears. She then had to make a decision: take a chance and stay put or uproot her life once again and move to somewhere new.
Her name has been changed, but this is a real example of how domestic violence often doesn't just end because a victim leaves the situation. In fact, did you know that the most dangerous time in a domestic violence victim's life is when he or she leaves the abuser? This kind of abuse is not about love; it's about control. Control over another person's words, actions, clothing, whereabouts, relationships...control over that person's life.
The Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, at 4232 Shelby Basin Road in Medina, is holding its annual SkillsUSA Craft Show on Saturday, November 18th.
There will be over 50 vendors at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Center from 9:00am to 3:00pm. There is a $2 donation at the door to help SkillsUSA students fund their activities and competitions throughout the year.
November 9th, Mrs. Gabrielle Calandra Barone (Class of 1960) and Mr. David Miller (Class of 1966) were inducted into the Medina High School's Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame.
The award was created to honor alumni, promote school spirit, foster pride in the Medina School District and serve as an incentive for current students. Alumni must have graduated at least ten years ago and achieved one of the following: Achieved excellence in their chosen career, made outstanding contributions to their community or profession or made outstanding contributions to humanity.
Congratulations to the 22 students from the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center who were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
Congratulations go to: Malik Abdukghani (Lockport/Building Trades), Caleb Bellan (Medina/Welding), Deseree Brewer (Lockport/Security and Law Enforcement), Josephine Capen (Royalton Hartland/Allied Health), Skyler Christopher (Royalton Hartland/Early Childhood Ed), Carly Eldridge (Royalton Hartland/Allied Health), Catherine Fleischhut (Roylaton Hartland/Early Childhood Ed), Heaven Flood (Lyndonville/Cosmetology), Jamasen Johnson (Royalton Hartland/Electricity & Electronics), Tristen Johnson (Newfane/Electricity & Electronics), Jordan Klosin (Barker/Building Trades), Madeline Kraus (Medina/Allied Health), Samantha Lawson (Barker/Cosmetology), Richard Miles (Royalton Hartland/Early Childhood Ed), John Reed (Lockport/Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering), Destiny Satkowski (Medina/Allied Health), Steven Schumacher (Royalton Hartland/Welding), Alisha Scroger (Medina/Culinary Arts), Kennedy Smelski (Lyndonville/Allued Health), Elijah Sones (Medina/Building Trades), Matthew Steves (Royalton Hartland/Building Trades) and Alexis Stratton (Barker/Cosmetology).