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Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Niagara Career and Tech Ed Students Hold Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Niagara Career and Tech Ed Students Hold Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

For the month of November, the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center SkillsUSA students sponsored a food drive to benefit the Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry in Niagara Falls.  SkillsUSA encourages community service along with leadership skills.

 

 Students and staff at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ center donated over 450 non-perishable food items along with $300 that was used to purchase additional food items for the pantry.  Two of the Junior Class SkillsUSA officers, Keira Fletcher from Wilson and Emily Knibbs from Starpoint, donated their time to do the shopping for the additional items.   

 

Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Marking an important milestone in a Buffalo Billion project targeting Western New York’s emerging film and television post-production industry, a newly completed nearly $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility will be officially unveiled by Daemen College at a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Dec. 5.

The celebration will take place at 10 a.m. in the Daemen International Center for Excellence in Animation located in the Tri Main Center at 2495 Main St. in Buffalo. Daemen President Gary A. Olson, members of the Daemen community and dignitaries are expected to be in attendance. An open house for the community is also planned from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Go Art! Grant Allows Lyndonville Students to Explore Pottery with Local Artisan

Go Art! Grant Allows Lyndonville Students to Explore Pottery with Local Artisan

Mrs. Amanda LeClair’s Studio Art and Photography students recently had the privilege of working with Waterport Clay artisan Deborah Wilson.  The students were beneficiaries of a Go Art! Grant that provides funding to nonprofit organizations and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new arts and cultural programming throughout Genesee and Orleans Counties. 

The students and Mrs. LeClair took a field trip to Nazareth College to work closely with Ms. Wilson, who makes her pottery by hand from stoneware clay.  She says she likes her pieces to be functional, fun and vibrant and gets her inspiration from nature.  She talked with the students about her career, her artwork and gave them tips and tricks for creating their own clay sculptures. 

LYNDONVILLE CSD LEADS THE WAY WITH PROMOTING STEM PROGRAM

LYNDONVILLE CSD LEADS THE WAY WITH PROMOTING STEM PROGRAM

With U.S. Department statistics estimating that jobs in science, technology, engineering and math will grow by 17 percent by 2018, Lyndonville Central School District has been encouraging their students to participate in their Project Lead the Way program.  The class, which started in 2007, is run by Jeff Gress, Aaron Bennett and Todd Wolford, whose curriculum encompasses science, technology, engineering and math with architectural projects being a key focus.  The students have designed everything from a toy train set, a gardening shed, Habitat for Humanity Home and a commercial building. 

 

Medina Students Help MAAC Fill Their Christmas Baskets

Medina Students Help MAAC Fill Their Christmas Baskets

Students from the Medina High School have turned helping out the needy in the community into a competition at their schools.  Every year the students collect canned and boxed food items for the Medina Area Association of Churches (MAAC).  Although many of the students raid their home pantries or go shopping for the charity to make someone’s holiday brighter, having a stiff competition has helped to generate even more donations. 

Children’s Photographs Exhibited From Daemen-Community Project

Children’s Photographs Exhibited From Daemen-Community Project

Buffalo area elementary students displayed photographs that show their creative views of the community and environment at a Nov. 11 exhibit that culminated a collaborative project with Daemen College.

Images from the Seneca Babcock Children’s Photo Show were available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Seneca Babcock After School Program.

During the five-week project, Daemen art education students worked with a dozen children in the after school program and instructed them on the basics of camera use. The young participants were then introduced to works by Jay Masiel, an acclaimed photographer best known for his unique perspective on capturing the environment and everyday life.

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Graphic Communications Program Students Attend Code and Design Camp

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Graphic Communications Program Students Attend Code and Design Camp

Recently five students in the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Graphic Communications class spent a Saturday refreshing their web skills.  Thanks to a new start-up company called Whitespace that provides education in software development and design the students in Karen Krull’s class got a chance to advance upon their skills in HTML and CSS programming.  The sold out class was located in downtown Buffalo and students reviewed the basic building blocks of website development and design.