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Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Summer Reading and Writing Camps for Kids and Teens

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer Summer Reading and Writing Camps for Kids and Teens

Summer reading and writing camps for kids and teens will be offered this summer by Dog Ears Bookstore & The Enlightenment Literacy Arts Center, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

A free Summer Reading & Writing Camp for Kids begins on June 27. Sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon, this camp will feature reading and writing activities, games and more, with all activities aligned with Common Core and New York State Standards in Education. Participants must reside in Councilman Scanlon’s district.

Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, this camp will be offered from June 27 through July 1 for 7 and 8 year olds, July 11-15 for students ages 9 to 11, and July 18-22 for students ages 12 and 13.

Daemen Selected as National College of Distinction

Daemen Selected as National College of Distinction

For the ninth consecutive year, Daemen College has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction in honor of the institution’s excellence in undergraduate higher education and innovative application of high impact educational practices.

“We are proud to receive once again this national distinction and to be cited as one of the best colleges in the nation,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This prestigious honor reaffirms our steadfast commitment to providing exceptional academic programs and a distinctive college experience that prepares our students for future professional success.”

New Book Shines Spotlight on South Park Football Team and Coach; Book-signings Planned

New Book Shines Spotlight on South Park Football Team and Coach; Book-signings Planned

Two book-signing events celebrating the release of “A Spark: The Tim Delaney Story,” by author John M. Davidson, will take place later this month in South Buffalo. 

Published by No Frills Buffalo and featuring a foreword by former Buffalo Bills great Mark Kelso, “This book perfectly captures exactly what a true high school football coach is supposed to be, and how Tim Delaney embodies it,” said Buffalo radio and television personality and former high school football coach Sal Capaccio. “The fact that Tim was able to win a state title, given the circumstances and constraints he’s faced, is a great example of perseverance for the very young men he’s coached. And the fact that he did it in his native Buffalo, at his alma mater South Park High School, makes this story even more amazing and special.”

Exhibition Features Children’s Works Inspired by Street Photographer

Exhibition Features Children’s Works Inspired by Street Photographer

Elementary and middle school students from South Buffalo’s Seneca Babcock community displayed their “street photography” skills at a Daemen College exhibition that was inspired by the works of American street photographer Vivian Maier.

The photographs shown in the April 21 exhibition, “Seneca Babcock Through the Eyes, Hearts and Art of Children: Part III,” resulted from a community art project overseen by Dr. Mary Wolf, Daemen associate professor of art education, and art education major Samantha Lora of Manchester.

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is now offering a free After-school Homework Help Program targeting different skills each day. The program offers ELA homework assistance, reading comprehension passages, vocabulary enrichment, test-taking strategies, organizational skill building, study skills, and peer tutoring with Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy students.

Assistance is offered for students in grades three through five from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Peer tutoring is the focus on Monday, and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Tuesday.

Students in grades six through eight can receive assistance from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with peer tutoring featured on Wednesdays and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Thursday.

Lit Fit Participants at Lorraine Elementary Receive Reading Awards

Lit Fit Participants at Lorraine Elementary Receive Reading Awards

Several students at Lorraine Elementary School in South Buffalo recently received awards for their participation in the Lit Fit reading program sponsored by Dog Ears Bookstore & Café and Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke.

“Students participating in the program earn colored bracelets based on the total number of minutes spent reading both in school and at home,” said Thomas McDonnell, director of the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road. Students earn their first bracelet (yellow) by reaching 1,000 minutes of reading, and there are nine other levels with corresponding colors. Students who reach 10,000 reading minutes earn a black bracelet to signify the highest level of achievement. This is the second year of the innovative program.

Two Mary Queen of Angels Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

Two Mary Queen of Angels Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

Two students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga have earned prestigious scholarships to continue their Catholic education. 

Cheektowaga resident Thatheona Padilla, currently an eighth grade student at Mary Queen of Angels, is a recipient of The John R. Oishei Foundation High School Scholarship, which provides full tuition for four years of high school plus $500 annually for books and technology fees. Padilla will attend South Buffalo’s Mount Mercy Academy in the fall.

Sianna Le of Buffalo, currently a fourth grade student at Mary Queen of Angels, has been chosen as a Cullen Scholar by the Cullen Foundation Scholarship Committee and will receive full tuition to attend MQA for each of the next four years.