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Valentines for Veterans Program Generates Thousands of Cards

Valentines for Veterans Program Generates Thousands of Cards

Hundreds of handmade Valentine’s Day cards will be delivered to members of the American Legion Post No. 735 thanks to local students’ hard work. Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo thanks the schools that participated in the Valentines for Veterans program and was pleased to report that many heartfelt cards were made.

“Valentines for Veterans is a program that shows our veterans how grateful we are to them for their service by giving them Valentines from area students. The students were very excited to participate and many shared stories with me about family members who have served or are serving in the armed forces. At this young age they already understand the sacrifice made by our servicemen and women,” Legislator Lorigo said. “I want to thank the schools for participating in this program and making tremendous cards for local veterans.”

The following schools from Legislator Lorigo’s District participated:

Burchfield Nature & Art Center to Offer Winter Break Camp

Burchfield Nature & Art Center to Offer Winter Break Camp

If you are wondering how to keep the kids busy during their winter break from school, consider the fun, educational activities planned at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center.

Back by popular demand, the Center will hold Winter Wonders Day Camp from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 24 for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

On Feb. 20, Wildlife Education Naturalist, Mark Carra, known for his “FasciNature” critters, will share information, games and observations about how animals adapt to their surroundings.

On the schedule for Feb. 22, Diane Beres will use winter science to make ice cream in the snow, snow crystals and liquid and bead bracelets, as well as offer other fun activities.

Finally, children will explore several forms of art on Feb. 24. Artwork will include clay, sand paintings and collages created from a variety of materials.

Public Invited to Health & Curriculum Fair at Annunciation School

Public Invited to Health & Curriculum Fair at Annunciation School

Annunciation School in Elma, home of the unique Center for Health Science, will host a Health & Curriculum Fair and Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the school, located at 7580 Clinton St.

The public is invited to visit with health care vendors, tour the school and visit the Center for Health Science, a special hands-on science lab and curriculum developed for the school’s seventh- and eighth-grade students. The Center for Health Science is supported by Catholic Health, Independent Health, Kaleida Health and Upstate New York Transplant Services (Unyts).

Huge Basket Auction Planned at Mary Queen of Angels School

Huge Basket Auction Planned at Mary Queen of Angels School

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School will host a Basket Auction on Friday, March 9, in the school, located at 170 Rosewood Terrace (off George Urban Boulevard). Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. A $5 donation includes admission and your first sheet of auction tickets. More than 200 baskets, gift certificates and other prizes will be given away during the event!

For more information about Mary Queen of Angels School, please visit www.mqangels.com or call the school office at 895-6280. You can also follow the school on Facebook for frequent updates.

 

West Seneca West High School's 'Beauty & the Beast' to open Wednesday

West Seneca West High School's 'Beauty & the Beast' to open Wednesday

The classic tale of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is one that has resonated with many generations.

In a testament to that point, the film has been re-released this winter in digital 3D. As the movie is returning to the big screen, West Seneca West Senior High School is preparing to bring the story to life on stage this week.

The largest undertaking in many years, the musical production involves approximately 100 students as cast, crew and orchestra members. Making the musical a reality also requires the support of the rest of the school, which is widely involved in promoting the production.

Northwood Elementary Fifth-graders Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

Northwood Elementary Fifth-graders Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

Fifth-graders in West Seneca aren’t afraid to say no to drugs.

That message was loud and clear as students at Northwood Elementary celebrated the completion of the semester-long D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program Friday, Feb. 3.

The D.A.R.E. program is a cooperative effort between the West Seneca Police Department and West Seneca Central Schools that aims to equip youth with skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Lessons focus on providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs while teaching students decision-making skills. This year's course also focused on bullying.

Allendale Elementary in West Seneca to Present First School Musical

Allendale Elementary in West Seneca to Present First School Musical

Allendale Elementary students will give audience members a parody look at a typical school day in its first musical production.

The school will perform the musical “School Daze,” on Feb. 2 and 3 in the Allendale auditorium, 1399 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca. Showtime both nights will be 7 p.m.

The 40-minute show will be performed by 39 Allendale Elementary sixth-graders. Students have been rehearsing since October, making sure the show will be as entertaining as can be.

“School Daze,” written by Janet Gardner and orchestrated and produced by Alan Billingsley, takes place in a middle school setting. It is a comedy about student’s experiences during the typical school day. At Allendale, music teacher Emily Creech is directing the production.

Some of the songs include: “Concert Etiquette Rap”, “Cafeteria Confusion”, “I Love My Locker” and “Detention.”

Tickets are $4 and will be available at the door.