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Historic Edition:
February 25th, 2010
Vol. 29  No. 34

Akron High School commends students making a ‘Tiger Leap’

What is a “tiger leap”? For Akron Central High School students it is a leap of five points or more on their average from one marking period to the next. For some students, the leap may be the difference between failing and passing, mediocre grades and making the Merit Roll for the first time, while for others it may be the difference between Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. “Five points on an average is significant,” said Mr. Joseph Lucenti, High School Principal. “That translates to an increase of thirty points across six subjects.” Mr. Lucenti, who has spearheaded the plan to recognize those students who have made a “tiger leap,” is hoping to encourage more students to work harder toward improving their grades by offering acknowledgement, both personally and publically, of those students making positive progress. He is sending letters home to parents and making announcements to the student body offering congratulations as well as encouragement to continue to improve on or maintain the gains made. Students who make a “tiger leap” are also entered into a raffle for one of four gift certificates, courtesy of the Akron PTA, as additional incentive. “Not all students have the innate ability to do well academically,” said Mr. Lucenti. “However, for all students, hard work and effort can pay off to raise grades in individual subject areas or across the board. I think it’s important to recognize the work of those students.” The “tiger leap” will not only recognize students with five point or more increases between marking periods during the academic school year, but will challenge all students to make the transition back to school after the summer break and strive to improve their average from the fourth marking period and the first quarter of the new school year that will begin in September.

Fresh water and gardens goal of Rotary project

The Rotary Club of Akron-Newstead is celebrating the founding of Rotary by announcing plans for a service project in Guataemala. "The Rotary Club of Akron-Newstead will celebrate Rotary International’s 105th Anniversary by officially kicking-off the club’s 2010 International Service Project,î said club president Paul Barone. ìThe project will provide fresh water filtration systems and raised vegetable gardens for residents of rural Guatemala." Rotary, a global network of community volunteers, is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. Founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

The Winter Olympics chosen as theme for APA Family Fun Night

The Winter Olympics is the theme for the Sixth Annual Family Fun Night hosted by the Akron Parents’ Association Nursery School (APA). Akron Central High School Gymnasium, Bloomingdale Road, Akron, will serve as the venue for this event at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2010. A Chinese Auction, which includes over 200 baskets, generous gift certificates to area restaurants and entertainment spots, Darien Lake passes and RV stay, a Nintendo Wii, GPS, and digital camera, is a popular feature of this event. There will also be games and entertainment, a delicious bake sale, and entertainment provided by APA students.

College Night in Lancaster is next in Athletic Speaker Series

The Akron Central School Athletic Department has announced its fourth presentation in the Athletic Speaker Series will involved a road trip to Lancaster, NY next month. Students and parents are invited to Lancaster’s “WNY College Night” where the featured speaker will be Mr. Randy Taylor discussing the recruiting process for students interested in playing sports at the college level. The event, intended for student athletes in grades nine through twelve, is planned Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lancaster High School, One Forton Drive, Lancaster, New York.

Colonial Era Presentation made at Akron Masonic Lodge

A ceremony for initiating new members into Akron Lodge #527, Free and Accepted Masons, was conducted by fellow Masons in historically accurate early American garb at the local Lodge’s hall on January 19, 2010. The ritual ceremony emphasized the Masons’ role in our nation’s heritage as well as the fraternity’s connection to the lives and the guiding principles of our nation’s founding fathers.

Wolcottsville Fire Company installs officers

The Wolcottsville Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary celebrated their 62nd Installation of Officers and their dedication to serving the Town of Royalton and surrounding communities on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Fire Company and Auxiliary members along with special guests were welcomed by Master of Ceremonies and 97 Rock’s Master DJ, Carl Russo. The evening began with the Wolcottsville Junior Firefighters presenting the American Flag for the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rev. Bruce Donley, Fire Chaplin giving an invocation. Wolcottsville Vol. Fire Company President, Brian Carier invited members and guest to a delicious catered dinner prepared by the Candy Apple Café, as well as dessert provided by Perry’s Ice Cream.

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