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Schools, students earn accolades, grants

Updated: February 10, 2013 6:02AM


West Aurora step team wins DVC Championship: West Aurora High School’s step team won the DuPage Valley Conference championship Dec. 12 by earning first place in the Spirit Spectacular competition at Naperville North High School. The winning step team members are Audasia Armstrong, Shardae Bailey, Shyanne Bailey, Kaylan Barreto, Alexus Epps, Arielle Flint, Chantele Hawkins, Cynthia Hidalgo, Jadae Jamieson, Lania Jones, Tesha Knox, Skyler McGregory, Evelyn Meraz, Derrica Moore, Jasmine Penson, Justerica Pogue, Brittany Rodgers, Adina Salter, Diamond Sebastion, Natorie Taylor and Kiana Thompson. The team is coached by Teresa Towles and Pam Wilkins. West Aurora’s cheer and poms teams also competed in the Spirit Spectacular.

Yule Party: On Dec. 1, about 22 university students and staff staged a fifth annual party with games, storytelling, crafts and pizza in the university banquet hall at Aurora University for disabled children and caregivers. The event was in partnership with Celebrate Differences, an Oswego-based nonprofit that serves disabled children and their parents.


Middle-school service project: Students at Geneva Middle School North and Geneva Middle School South did a community service project that sent happy holiday notes and care packages to military men and women stationed overseas this holiday season. The students studied about Three Kings Day, during which children leave their shoes out on the eve of Jan. 5 in hopes that the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) will leave them gifts in their shoes while they sleep. The students filled cut-out paper “shoes” with small items and notes for the service men and women. Fox Valley Troop Support Inc. packaged these donations and messages from the students and sent them to service men and women.

Geneva Academic Foundation awards grants: During American Education Week, the Geneva Academic Foundation presented the Geneva School District with a check for almost $45,000 to support education in Geneva’s schools. Since 1987, GAF has funded more than $1 million in grant requests for the district.


Raising student achievement: Administrators and teachers from Yorkville Intermediate School were recognized recently at the 2012 Raising Student Achievement Conference in St. Charles. The school was one of six in the state featured. 1-5-9 helps students who struggle either academically or socially by providing them a caring, in-school, adult role model. Positive daily interactions with a staff member, coupled with continual parent contact, benefit students. Almost 90 percent of students who participated were affected in a positive way.

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