Caring Closet at Columbus Grove schools provides helping hand

“A Caring Closet at Columbus Grove schools is providing students with clothing, food and hygiene items so they can have peace of mind and focus on their education. Guidance counselors Brenda Bruce and Mindy Losh came up with the idea for the closet in December after seeing it on Facebook at another school.” View the…

Ohio boy surprised by classmates in school hallway after final chemo treatment

 Good News Notes: “A 6-year-old boy received a hero’s welcome upon his return to school after fighting leukemia for three years. John Oliver ‘J.O.’ Zippay won the biggest battle of his young life when he received his final round of chemotherapy two days after Christmas. Zippay returned to St. Helen Catholic School in Newbury Wednesday…

How Micro-School Networks Expand Learning Options – Foundation for Economic Education

Good News Notes: “The entrepreneurial educators at Prenda, an Arizona-based network of micro-schools, think they have uncovered the right mix of powerful technology and warm, nurturing learning spaces that could help to transform education.” “Prenda is part of the larger micro-school movement, an educational shift occurring over the past decade in which entrepreneurs and parents create intimate,…

Graduation Pathways helps LPS students get a diploma a different way

Good News Notes: “In its second year Graduation Pathways hopes to give high school students an alternative route to earning a diploma with classes meant to work around all different types of situations.” “The program is open to 17 to 21-year-olds who have earned at least 200 of the 230 credits needed to graduate.” “Many…

$25K donation will help Medford Lakes school open lab

 Good News Notes: “A computer lab is one thing, but imagine what a $25,000 boost could do to those plans.” “The Medford Lakes school district’s new labfor science, technology, engineering, art, and math is becoming a reality thanks to a $25,000 donation from ShopRite of Medford. “ “Dent expects the room to be fully equipped by…

Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

Good News Notes: Mindfulness is focusing one’s thoughts on the present moment and letting thoughts, worries, etc. about past or future events go. These studies showed middle schoolers who were taught mindfulness demonstrated less stress and anxiety than the control group. These results show promise for using mindfulness techniques to help our children not only…