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Teachers Stock Up on Class Supplies, with Help

Wyoming's Parkview Elementary School teachers demonstrated their love for new school supplies at the Teacher Resource Store, where they left with cartloads of notebooks, pencils, folders, paper and the promise to "pay it forward." "Oh my gosh! Look at how...

Key to Success: Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

Dr. Sampson Davis had finished explaining how he managed to become an emergency care doctor and author despite growing up in one of New Jersey's poorest neighborhoods when a student's hand shot up in the air. "I've been going to...

Harvest Fest is Bumper Crop of Fun

The county fair stopped by North Godwin Elementary School for Harvest Day, when students met a horse and goats, played games for treats, made crafts and took tractor-hitched hayrides. The event, which the school has hosted for 12 years, is...

Intervention Helps Put a Stop to Freshman Course Failures

Tough love, personalized instruction and clear expectations. That’s been the recipe for success at Godwin Heights High School since administrators implemented an intervention program that has dramatically reduced the rate of freshmen failures in core classes. “We are putting a...

Making Goo, Learning About Agriculture in Mobile Science Lab

North Godwin Elementary School students learned just how much agriculture affects their lives, from the food they eat to the diapers their younger siblings wear. Inside the Mobile Science Activity Center from Kentucky's Department of Agriculture, they conducted an experiment...

Creating Strong Bonds, One Slushie at a Time

You could call Susan Eiler the pizza pixie, the slushie specialist, the candy connoisseur or the movie maven. Some students refer to her as Mom. She puts together her roles under one all-encompassing title: "I'm the hodgepodge catch-all person," Eiler...

Refugee author tells students, ‘It is the story of your community’

Sandra Uwiringiyimana’s story of fleeing conflict and leaving her country behind resonated with students who read and discussed her book, “How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child.”

No Accidental Educator Here

Dawn Sobleskey keeps in her classroom a ceramic coffee mug that has the words "family tree" emblazoned across the outside. Visible on the cup are the names of the sixth-grade teacher's two children, Tim and Nikki. And dotted across...

Parents Learn Proven Methods to Usher Peace, Nonviolence into Their Homes

Despite the sweltering summer evening, Deandre Kilgore wears a sweatshirt he occasionally zips up with the hood draped over his head. The teen is open when he discusses how his family life has improved since his parents, Shaunte Paul and...

Student Council President Asks ‘Why Not Make a Difference?’

Hector Zoleta lives a line made famous by the late Sen. Edward (Teddy) Kennedy. "Some men see things as they are and say why?" Kennedy said at brother Robert's funeral. "I dream things that never were and say why not?" The...

The Road to Success in a High-Poverty School: It’s All About Collaboration, Expectations

 In Holly Vostad’s North Godwin Elementary School classroom, kindergarteners sat in circles on the rug, discussing what they planned to write about: A weekend at their father’s. Christmas. Snow. Their favorite things. They soon headed to their desks, pulling...

Profiting from Basic Math

Though some may think it's crummy, 10th-graders Madalyn Austin and Rebekah Hoyle said The Snacky Sleeper is the perfect lazy-evening, popcorn-munching luxury: a "comfortable, supportive memory foam pillow" with a pouch for snacks. "The Snacky Sleeper keeps your snacks in...

Community-wide Program Seeks 1,100 Mentors for 4 Wyoming Districts

One hour. Once a week. For one year. That’s the commitment it would take to make a difference in the life of one of Wyoming’s neediest youth, according to organizers of a new, citywide mentoring program that seeks to match...

Social, Medical Services Extend to Schools, Homes

Godwin Heights High School senior Cameron Gray overheard a classmate telling Kent School Services Network community coordinator Duane Bacchus that he needed new shoes. Cameron stepped up, offering a brand-new pair of Nikes he had at home. That kind of...

Phys Ed Building Already Paying Off for Students

The high school Physical Education Building -- complete with auxiliary gym, elevated one-eighth mile track and weight room -- is now welcoming athletes and physical education students. The $6.1 million addition and renovation of the existing gymnasium was part of...

Turning Around a Low-Performing School

Arelis Diaz realized at a young age that it’s possible for a teacher to impact the life of a vulnerable student forever. In third grade, the daughter of Dominican immigrants struggled to learn her multiplication tables. Her teacher tracked students’...
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