By PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE
Published February 15, 2007
Inverness Primary plans vets dinner
Inverness Primary School invites all veterans and active military personnel to a dinner to thank them for their service. This year, Gourmet Affair will cater. About 200 people can be accommodated. There will be a student program after dinner. Call the school at 726-2632.
Catholic school marks 100 days
Jan. 26 marked the hundredth day of the school year at Pope John Paul II Catholic School. The occasion is celebrated annually by the early childhood classes through second grade. Coincidentally, there are exactly 100 children enrolled at the school in these five grades. To commemorate the day, the students posed for a photo by making the number 100. Counting up the first 100 days of school helps children begin to develop math skills and concepts involving number recognition, counting, number sense, addition, subtraction, problem solving and critical thinking skills. As part of the 100th day celebration, the classes participated in activities together. All activities were built around the number 100. For example, students made the number 100 with candies and cookies for their snacks; they were given a chain of 100 links to use for measuring objects; they built a structure using toothpicks and 100 marshmallows; they read a book about 100 and drew a picture related to the story; they graphed 100 M&Ms by color frequency.
Student picked for People to People
Jessica Allen, a student in the Gifted Education Program (REACH) at Pleasant Grove Elementary, has been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program. President Eisenhower founded People to People during his presidency in 1956 with citizen leaders. Eisenhower believed that ordinary citizens of different nations could make a difference where governments could not. People to People Student Ambassador Programs is based in Spokane, Wash., and has been coordinating educational travel for more than 50 years. Jessica will be involved in a two-week intensive educational travel experience throughout London and Paris in the summer as a member of the Ocala delegation. This is the first fifth-sixth grade delegation of 15-20 students spanning several counties and Jessica is the only student from the Inverness area participating. As part of the requirements of the program, Jessica attends monthly meetings in Ocala. To raise the money needed to take advantage of this educational opportunity Jessica and her family have held two fundraisers that brought in nearly $2,000 of the $5,000 needed. To make a financial contribution, donations are being accepted at Wachovia Bank, at 211 E Highland Blvd. Be sure to specify it is for the "Jessica Allen Student Ambassador fund."
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