Monday, February 11, 2013
The kits are designed to help young children get a head start on reading skills.
The Coraopolis Memorial Library is introducing a new series of "literacy kits" for children aged birth to 2 years old. The kits are aimed at giving parents and caregivers a head start in teaching their children to read, according to a library announcement. Each kit contains eight picture books, flashcards and a puppet as well as handouts for parents and caregivers. The kits are available this month and can be borrowed from the library for three week-periods with any valid Allegheny County Library System card. Letter knowledge, narrative skills and vocabulary are a few of the skills each kit works to develop. The kits are funded through a grant from the Eden Hall Foundation. Visit the library's website for more information.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The local elementary school receives an award through the Target Corporation.
Moon's McCormick Elementary received a $500 book award through Target's "Books for Schools," according to a school district announcement. Each Target location across the country, including the North Fayette store, has the opportunity to provide a local school with the award. McCormick, located on Beaver Grade Road, received the donation on Nov. 28. Books in the program are provided by First Book, a nonprofit that provides books and reading materials to children in need.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Columnist Gab Bonesso has seen masses of stink bugs throughout the area and it's making her tense. Very tense.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. `'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door - Only this, and nothing more. - Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven) I have been thinking of this Poe poem lately. While he is speaking of a raven rapping and tapping on his chamber door, I have been hearing stink bugs rapping and tapping on my bedroom window. Not nearly as poetic, I know. I can’t believe that not only are the stink bugs back, but they seem to have arrived in a much larger quantity this season. If you don’t believe me then take a …
Monday, August 27, 2012
As students in the Montour School District head back to the classroom, columnist Gab Bonesso remembers her first day of ninth grade honors English class.
It was my first day of ninth grade. Twenty-eight nervous 14-year-olds shuffled into Mrs. Ullman’s honors English class. As students at David E. Williams Middle School, the stories of Mrs. Ullman’s English class had trickled down. We were understandably and knowingly nervous. Mrs. Ullman entered the room looking like a rock star. She had the figure of a female superhero and she had long, wild blond hair that was usually wind-blown from riding her motorcycle to work. She stood at a podium and pointed to a model guillotine that rested on top of a cabinet. Calmly, she spoke “Charles Dickens wrote: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That is exactly how you will feel as a student in my class.” Prior to that particular year, I…