Young helpers learn life skills

first_img Facebook Young helpers learn life skills Facebook Burleson Elementary.PTA, Booster Clubs Information. By admin – May 13, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Burleson Elementary School’s Rising Stars venture was just implemented this year, but it has already garnered the Outstanding Junior Volunteer Program award.The group received the recognition at the recent Volunteers & Partners Celebration.Principal Tristan Specter said Rising Stars is for fourth and fifth-graders and there are about 60 members. About 29 played on the playground on the campus May 9.They help with almost anything around campus and he provides treats and activities for them, such as movies. The students help the counselors, librarians, read to younger students and deliver Food 2 Kids.“If the office needs help moving anything or doing anything, they’re the ones they’re supposed to call for help,” Specter said.The Rising Stars also helped kindergarten students log onto Istation, a web-based learning program that helps campuses determine how their students are doing academically.Specter said he was glad that the students and Volunteer Chair Pat Lopez won the VIPS award.“I’m happy for the kids and happy for Pat because, honestly, it’s the kids’ good behavior. It’s the kids that are willing to help. … I’m proud of them and I’m proud of the hard work of all the VIPS,” Specter said.Fourth-graders Audree Porras, 9, and Joaquin Carrasco, 10, have enjoyed being part of Rising Stars.Porras said she wanted to join because it seemed like fun.“I like helping people — a lot,” Carrasco said.Both want to be part of the group again next year and they liked being recognized at the celebration lunch.Porras liked being in the newspaper and enjoyed the food.“Rosa’s Café. That was really, really good,” she said.Specter said part of the reason Rising Stars is just fourth and fifth-graders is that he wants to keep them coming to school.“I want to give them something to keep them motivated as they get older because when you come to school you’re so excited and so happy, but as they get older I want to keep them excited and happy about coming to school,” he said.The students have to go through a process to become part of Rising Stars and get a badge. If they keep their badge over the summer and bring it back, they can be fast-tracked.“… Part of the program is responsibility. If they lose their badge, then (they) start from ground zero with a brand-new sheet of paper. … You’ve got to be responsible for what you have,” Specter said.Specter said the program started in 2005 when he was assistant principal at Burleson with Martha Mitchell as principal. Specter brought it back this year.Burleson has 430 to 440 students in grades kindergarten through fifth.He said they discussed implementing it last year, but didn’t have enough time.“… I think it’s been a success. You see that these are kids that make good grades. These are kids that don’t get referrals. It’s probably about half of my fourth and fifth graders. That’s a big chunk of kids that are top-notch, great kids,” Specter said.Students from Burleson Rising Stars pose with Permian High School National Art Society student Tory Shelton, Burleson Principal Tristan Specter and ECISD Board Vice President Doyle Woodall (front). In the back are Superintendent Tom Crowe and Burleson Volunteer Chair Pat Lopez.Ruth Campbell|Odessa AmericanMore Informationcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsEducation Previous articleOUR VIEW: Highway, plaza feather in cap for OdessaNext articleJudges dealing with public defender shortage adminlast_img read more

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Friends of the Library Book Sale returns this weekend with 265,000 items

first_img Tagged: books, collector’s corner, friends of the library booksale, ithaca Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb One of the highlights of this year’s sale is an oil painting by Alfred Hair, an impressionist from the 1960s, going for $950 in the Collector’s Corner.“We have a painting by an artist from a group in Florida. It’s by a guy named Hair from a group of black artists in Florida called the Highwaymen,” Weinberg said. “It used to be the galleries wouldn’t represent them so they formed a group and they went out on the highway and the public wanted to buy their stuff they just couldn’t get gallery space, so they called themselves the Highwaymen.”According to the New York Times, paintings by Hair and the Highwaymen now hang on the walls of celebrities such as Michelle Obama and Shaquille O’Neal’s homes and, “sell for as much as tens of thousands of dollars.”Also in the Collector’s Corner this year is a copy of “Tales of the South Pacific” signed by James Michener and a rare two-volume first edition of “Lolita.” Items in the Collector’s Corner section are appraised and priced accordingly. Before the sale, people interested can check out a complete list of titles and prices.Between the spring and fall sales, almost $500,000 is raised to support the Tompkins County Public Library, the Finger Lakes Library System, literacy in the community, continuing education for librarians, and programming and projects for Tompkins County public libraries.The sale dates are:Oct. 12 to 14  (First day hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., subsequent days 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)Oct. 19 to 21 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)Oct. 23 (Senior Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Student Night 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)Oct. 26 to 29 (Oct. 28 is Dime Day, Oct. 29 is bag day)Oct. 30 (Non-Profit Day)The Collector’s Corner closes at 5:30 p.m. on regular sale days. It will not be open on Oct. 28 or 29.Customers are also reminded to bring their own reusable bags. As of last year, the Friends of the Libary book sale does not distribute plastic bags.Learn more about the sale at[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”44″ gal_title=”Fall Booksale”] ITHACA, N.Y. –– Clear up some shelf space. Ithaca’s biannual Friends of the Tompkins County Library book sale is back Saturday, Oct. 12, with thousands of books, media and rare finds.This sale, there are 265,000 items available for purchase, including books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, maps, puzzles, games, comics, collectibles, greeting cards, calendars, framed art, posters, computer games and computer software. The sale officially kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, and will open its doors to the die-hard book fans who always camp out to get their hands on the best items.On the first day of the sale, each item is priced at either $4.50, $3 or $1.50. That price is reduced each day until the last day when it’s just $1 for as much as you can fit in a shopping bag. The Friends of the Tompkins County Library estimate that by the end of the sale, almost 80% of items are sold.Book Sale Coordinator Kathy Weinberg said a large portion of what doesn’t get sold is donated.“The community libraries and the school libraries come in and get free books. They get their pick at the beginning of the sale. After the sale, any non-profit organization can send reps to get books for free, and we hope they walk out with lots,” she said.Over 200 volunteers helped organize the inventory, working a total of more than 11,000 hours in preparation for the sale.According to their website, other books are sold on an online store through the company Thrift Books. “A percentage of the proceeds from those sales comes back to the Friends, where it helps support libraries and charitable organizations in Tompkins County.”Included in the massive collection are thousands of mint-condition comics, given by an anonymous donor, and a record number of children’s books this year, with more than 44,000 children’s books and items for sale.(Photo by Anna Lamb/The Ithaca Voice) Anna Lamb last_img read more

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