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Popular Rapper Takes Unique Approach to STEM Education

Popular Rapper Takes Unique Approach to STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education is an essential part of student education. Tomorrow’s economy will rely on more science-savvy workers across all sectors, according to the National Science Foundation.

But how do you encourage kids to love science and put themselves on a career path? Grand Hank, chemist, scientist and rapper who uses his high-energy, participatory show to engage kids and turn them on to science, knows how. 

Grand Hank will be debuting his presentation to local students twice this week at two different locations - Thursday, December 19 at 10 a.m. at Lackawanna High School, located at 550 Martin Rd. and Friday, December 20 at 9 a.m. at the Charter School for Applied Technologies, located at 2245 Kenmore Ave. 

Social Media, Used Responsibly, Brings Worldwide Attention to Local School

Social Media, Used Responsibly, Brings Worldwide Attention to Local School

 

We’ve all heard tragic stories involving schools, students and social media. However, there are times when social media can have a positive impact, and students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School recently learned that lesson firsthand.

The story began when students at the Cheektowaga elementary school were asked by their art teacher, Mary Saternus, to paint a beautiful mural for the National “Water Is Life” Mural and Art Challenge sponsored by Wyland Foundation. The Wyland Foundation was created by marine life artist Robert Wyland. As part of the competition, students were asked to depict how we interact with rivers, lakes, streams or wetlands, and how water shapes our world. 

Mary Queen of Angels Students to Present Christmas Play

Mary Queen of Angels Students to Present Christmas Play

 

The annual Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Christmas play will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Villa Maria College auditorium, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo. This year’s play, free and open to the public, is titled “It’s a Wonder-Full Life.”  

In this inspiring musical, a group of students have just finished their Christmas musical. While putting away the Christmas set, one child, Foster, begins complaining. He would rather forgo the manger and all the Christmas “stuff” to go home and open presents. Suddenly, Terrance appears. The children believe him to be Mr. T, the janitor. To show the real meaning of Christmas, Terrance talks to God asking Him to remove Christmas. 

Scholarship Stresses Importance of Character, Education

Scholarship Stresses Importance of Character, Education

The Character Council of Western New York and Harvest Time Partners Foundation have announced a new scholarship program to reinforce the importance of character and encourage students to pursue academic goals beyond high school.

The program will award $1,000 scholarships to three college-bound Western New York high school seniors exemplifying character in his or her daily life. Seniors attending a public, private, parochial or home school who are enrolling full-time in a college or trade school for the fall of 2014 are eligible.

Students must be residents of Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming counties to be considered. The scholarship will be made payable directly to the chosen post-secondary institutions.

MQA Students Paint Water-themed Mural for National Contest

MQA Students Paint Water-themed Mural for National Contest

 

Students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga recently completed a beautiful painting as part of the National “Water Is Life” Mural and Art Challenge sponsored by Wyland Foundation. Leading the students through this ambitious project was MQA art teacher Mary Saternus.

The Wyland Foundation was created by marine life artist Robert Wyland. As part of the art competition, students were asked to depict how we interact with rivers, lakes, streams or wetlands, and how water shapes our world. 

NOCO assists Buffalo Prep in securing grant from ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program

NOCO assists Buffalo Prep in securing grant from ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program
Buffalo Prep was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support math and science education initiatives.  Michael F. Newman, executive vice president of NOCO and Charles Freiden, territory manager for ExxonMobil worked with officials from the academic enrichment program to secure the grant, which was funded through the ExxonMobil Corporation.

“Buffalo Prep is the first academic enrichment program to receive a grant from ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance program in conjunction with NOCO,” said Newman. “We are excited for the opportunity to join with our vendor partner ExxonMobil in supporting local education programs with the resources they need to advance math and science learning.”

MQA Students to Host Chicken Dinner

MQA Students to Host Chicken Dinner

 

The eighth grade class at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School will host a Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Our Lady Help of Christians, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Dinner will include a half chicken, potato salad, chef salad, roll, dessert and beverage. Guests can dine in or order takeout, and tickets are just $9.50 pre-sale or at the door.