Around Streetsboro: Henry Defer Intermediate School student council gets visit from mayor

by karyn HalL Published:

Students at Henry Defer Intermediate School are learning about and experiencing public service through student council. At the beginning of the school year, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders elect two representatives from their respective homerooms to serve on student council. The organization's tag line is "...serving our school, our community and our world." According to their advisor, fourth-grade teacher Linda Valenti, representatives must do at least 10 hours of community service beyond the school day.

"We hold an annual theme basket raffle, and the proceeds are used for educational supplies and charitable donations locally and globally that benefit children in need," she said. "Our work with various charities helps increase our knowledge of the needs in our community and in the world around us."

Daily duties of student council members include taking care of the flag and making the school's morning announcements. The council meets once a month to discuss needs within the school, discuss ways to increase school spirit and improve the school and the world in which we live.

Streetsboro Mayor Glenn Broska recently visited the members of the Defer Intermediate School student council and spoke of the importance of being elected to represent a constituency. He congratulated them on being elected by their peers and talked about being a leader, a good role model and about compassion toward the needs of those we represent. He was encouraged to hear about the hours of community service that each representative must complete. Broska commended them on the work they are accomplishing.

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'Tis the season for yummy home-baked treats and unique gifts. The Streetsboro Senior Citizen Foundation is holding its Annual Craft and Bake Sale on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center located in the back wing of City Hall, 9184 Route 43. The foundation also is selling raffle tickets for a winter themed raffle basket through Dec. 20. The basket is filled with gift cards including a $100 gift card to the Fun Buffet, a $50 Shell gas card, a $25 Giant Eagle gift card and many other wonderful items. Tickets are one for $1 and six for $5.

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Since 2009, area Girl Scout troops have visited the Keithe Williams Performing Art Academy to complete requirements for their dance badges. Recently, Daisy Troop No. 1344 from Christian Valley Academy participated in dance classes. The girls were led by Keithe Williams Performing Arts Academy instructor Veronica Leahy and fellow Girl Scout and Keithe Williams dancer Becca Ilic.

Any troops interested in visiting the academy to work on the dance badge can contact the academy at 330-422-0231.

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The Streetsboro Heritage Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa in the historic Singletary House this coming weekend, Dec. 15 and 16.

Enjoy homemade pancakes with real maple syrup and sausages -- made and served by Santa's helpers. Children can meet and spend time talking to Streetsboro's Santa and, of course, have their photo taken in a beautiful holiday setting. The breakfast and picture cost $10; the breakfast by itself is $7.

Reservations are necessary.

Call Sarah Fast at 330-211-8766 to make reservations or email her at LuvMy5Pets@aol.com for more information.

May peace, goodwill, and happiness be with you all this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Go Rockets!

Have good news to share? Contact Karyn Hall at 330-995-3503 or karynhall@gmail.com.

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