The DPS Scoop (9/14): School news you can use!
Celebrating the Constitution
Schools throughout the district will celebrate Constitution Day this Friday, Sept. 16, with a variety of activities.
At Longfellow Alternative Learning Center, 245 Salem Ave., grades K-4 will recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker at 9 a.m. Grades 5-8 will recite the Preamble to the Constitution at 10 a.m. Grades 9-12 will read the Bill of Rights at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., a University of Dayton law student will speak to high school students about the literal vs. activist interpretation of the Constitution and how that relates to confirming a new Supreme Court justice. The school also has a wall display commemorating the signing, courtesy of teacher Donna McElrath and her fourth-period history class.
Cornell Heights Elementary, 2826 Campus Drive, will hold a special flag-raising ceremony at 9:20 a.m. Representatives from the Air National Guard Base will be on hand to raise the flag; staff and students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Webster Elementary, 1115 Keifer St., will hold its Constitution Day assembly at 2 p.m. in the school gym. Seventh-graders will do a tribute to the Constitution’s preamble. Songs and an explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance also will be part of the event.
Calling all dads
The Father Figure Involvement Group at Meadowdale Elementary will hold an open gym for dads or guardians with their children, and staff, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school, 4448 Thompson Drive. The event – which is free and open to the public – will feature basketball, volleyball and educational games; refreshments will be available. For more information, call Gary Eichenlaub at 274-5205.
Katrina care continues
More district schools have joined local efforts to provide relief to areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Among them:
Loos and Hickorydale elementaries will conduct out-of-uniform fundraisers, with the proceeds going to the Red Cross. Meadowdale Elementary held a “wear your favorite hat day” fundraiser for the Red Cross.
Male and female students at Allen will square off to see which group can raise the most money for the Red Cross during a two-week drive.
The Transportation Department is collecting clothes, canned goods, games and toys for distribution to Katrina victims.
Staff and students at Longfellow Alternative Learning Center are marching forth with the “Shoe Box Brigade,” filling 100 shoe boxes with nonperishable food items, paper products and toiletries.
Graduate wins additional scholarship
Jamar Smith, a 2005 graduate of the Patterson Career Center, has been awarded a $1,000 Presidential Freedom Scholarship from the Corporation for National Community Service and Helping Hands Community Outreach Center, in acknowledgement of his outstanding commitment to public service.
Smith previously received a two-year Virginia McNeal Scholarship from Sinclair. He now attends the college, majoring in business administration and law enforcement; future education plans include attending the University of Dayton.