TURKEYS, PASTA AND MORE: Operation Others’ mission is to provide food to poor families and to create awareness for the difficulty these families face battling food insecurity each day. Each year hundreds of Omaha area Catholic high school students from Elkhorn Mount Michael, Creighton Prep, Duchesne, Gross, Marian, Mercy, Roncalli and Skutt learn about poverty, the SNAP program and food insecurity. Students also spend several months collecting food and fundraising to serve metro-area families around Christmas. On delivery day, a food box with approximately 20 food items is delivered to each family. An Operation Others food box includes apples, oranges, milk, bread, potatoes, beans, corn, peanut butter, pasta, turkey, tuna and other products. A turkey drive will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Creighton Prep’s east parking lot, Skutt’s parking lot, GolfTec’s parking lot at 114th and Davenport Streets, and St. Bernard School’s parking lot at 3601 N. 65th St. The students are trying to collect 800 turkeys to include in the food boxes. A pasta dinner fundraiser for Operation Others will run from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church Social Hall, 3535 S. 119th St. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, which donates all the profits to Operation Others. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Takeout will be available.
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS: Entries are being sought for the 2012 President’s Environmental Youth Awards. They recognize individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school) and youth groups for protecting the air, water and land. The program is open to students in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 office in Lenexa, Kan. The program has two components: the regional certificate program and the regional award winner. Regional certificates are awarded by each of EPA’s 10 regional offices. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Each regional office also selects one first-place project as its regional award winner. Projects must be postmarked by Dec. 31. Guidelines, eligibility information and applications are available at epa.gov/enviroed/peya/index.html or by contacting Denise Morrison at 800-223-0425. Regional award winners will be notified in February 2013.
BABY BUNNIES: Benson will host a Baby Bunnies Cheerleading Clinic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the school. The clinic is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Participants will learn a routine that they will perform during halftime of the girls varsity basketball game, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. The cheerleading camp costs $20, which includes a T-shirt, pompoms and dinner. Registration forms are due Nov. 26. They are at http://www.ops.org/high/benson/. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
SCRAPBOOKING: Papillion-La Vista South band boosters will host a scrapbooking day fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the school. Registration, $35, is due by Nov. 26. To register, call Gayle O’Grady at 402-991-3939. Proceeds benefit the Titan Band Boosters.
MATH WHIZZES: McMillan Magnet Center in OPS recently hosted the annual math contest for area sixth-graders. Winners are listed by category in descending order from first place. Written Contest: Sunset Hills Elementary in Westside, Pine Creek Elementary in Bennington and Papillion-La Vista Team 1. Quiz Bowl: Sunset Hills, Pine Creek and Springfield Elementary in the Springfield Platteview district.
ART CONTEST: Since 1986, the Nebraska Aeronautics Department has sponsored an annual Aviation Art Contest to encourage young people to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, math and science. There are three age categories: 6 to 9, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17 for boys and girls. The 2013 theme is “My Favorite Air Sport.” Entries need to be submitted to the Aeronautics Department and postmarked by Jan. 28, 2013. An awards ceremony will be held in Lincoln during April 2013. For more information and an entry brochure, contact David Morris at 402-471-2371 or email David.Morris@nebraska.gov.
PESKY LICE: These Nurses Notes come from the newsletter of Columbian Elementary in OPS, but the information applies no matter where your child attends school. Pediculosis, or head lice, affects approximately 6 million to 12 million children ages 3 to 12, and about 1 in every 100 schoolchildren. Head lice are parasites that are generally found on the scalp around the ears and the back of the neck. If your child has head lice, ask your pharmacist to recommend a special over-the-counter shampoo or call your doctor, who can prescribe a medicated shampoo. The child needs to be treated immediately and cannot return to school until treated. Daily combing also is needed for about 10 days to remove nits. All bedding and clothing must be washed in hot water. Soak all hair care items and vacuum upholstery, mattresses and carpets. Any personal items, toys and stuffed animals that cannot be washed must be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks. If you find head lice on your child, report it to school so that a nurse can check other students. Remind your child not to share combs, brushes or headwear.
GIVING TREE: St. Paul Lutheran School has established Our Giving Tree to brighten the holidays for underprivileged families. The goal is to share the joy of the season with families receiving assistance through Project Hope.
SPECIAL FRIENDS: Springville Elementary in OPS will have Grandfriends Day on Tuesday.
FOOD DRIVE: Loveland Elementary in Westside finished its food drive Friday. Loveland Student Council members with Frannie Cammarota and Bryce McMullen, Loveland alumni and Omaha Westside students sponsored the drive. The food will be donated to the Westside Food Pantry and Food Bank for the Heartland. Classes created a structure made out of the food they had donated and then toured classes to see the different “canstructure” projects.
ESTEEMED GUESTS: Wednesday will bring Grandfriends Day to Loveland Elementary in Westside. Students will show their guests around the school, participate in an activity in their classroom and enjoy refreshments.
SIX CAMERAS: Reagan Elementary in Millard won funding for its library project in the Sonic contest. The school will get a set of cameras to take pictures of experiences and use the pictures to have students write their own stories. The pictures will help develop a culture of writers who have strong sequencing and descriptive words.
MAKE MINE PUMPKIN: The PTO at Rohwer Elementary in Millard sponsored turkey bingo Friday evening. Prizes were turkeys and pies. The school’s Singing Stars performed Thursday at Hy-Vee Supermarket, 180th and Q Streets, as part of Hy-Vee Spirit Night.
SERVICE LEARNING: Second-graders in Ardell Hobscheidt and Therese Kramer’s classes at Montclair Elementary in Millard are Pride Partners for the school year and are busy with service learning projects. Both classes are helping the homeless at the Stephen Center. In October, students decorated paper bags and made Halloween cards for the shelter’s children. The bags were filled with popcorn and candy. Along with the Halloween bags, students brought in either liquid soap or toilet paper. Both are items the shelter requested.
ADVENTURES IN ART: Students at Millard Central Middle School will pay their way with Adventures in Art. In partnership with local artists from Hot Shops Art Center, the seventh- and eighth-grade Montessori students are sponsoring an art show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today to help fund their end-of-the-year economics unit adventure trip. To prepare for the art show, students worked with the artists to create art. These works will be sold tonight. Although fundraising was the primary goal, the students explored and expanded their knowledge and experiences through glass blowing, pottery, print making, sketching, photography, sculpture, painting, bead making and mixed media. A few collaborative pieces from the artists and students also will be available for auction. The students have planned every aspect of this event, including getting local jazz musician Steve Raybine to perform. A variety of the shops at Hot Shops will be open during the event so the public can see the artists at work as well as support local youth educational programming.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax