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Board hears from Newtown, Conn.

January 17, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

At last week's Canfield Board of Education meeting, Village Middle School Principal Joe Maroni presented a letter from Newtown. Conn., that the school received regarding a donation it made.

Maroni said following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook, CVMS home economics teacher Angela Alexandrides found out about a Christmas tree that was being decorated with ornaments from all over the country. The tree raised funds for the Newtown Memorial Fund, which was formed just days after the tragedy.

The Newtown Memorial Fund was set up to deal with the long-term needs of the community. The organization is looking at a permanent memorial and even scholarships for Newtown students. Alexandrides had no problem getting support at CVMS to donate and send ornaments for the tree and help the new fund get established. By Dec. 26, the fund had received more than $250,000 and ornaments from around the world.

"We collected over $1,500 and each kid that donated sent an ornament for the tree," Maroni said.

He then read a letter into the official meeting minutes that Alexandrides received from a member of the Newtown Memorial Fund founders. It read as follows:

"Hi Angela,

I received your ornaments today. Wow, what a sweet and inspirational gesture from you, your students, and community. Please send our heartfelt thanks. As you can imagine, we are all grievinghowever, the outpouring of pure good from around the world has been utterly incredible. Please thank your students for their kind thoughts, messages and prayers. Remind them to be kind to each otherremind them also that each student in your school wants to be accepted by their peers. Some kids will be labeled as outcasts, some will be bullied, others will be popular, athletes, etc. The bottom line is that they all need to feel accepted. They can best honor our fallen students and faculty by being kind to each other.

All the best for a prosperous 2013.

Andy Sachs

Newtown Memorial Fund

Board Police Commisioners"

Continuing with the presentation of building principal reports, John Tullio from the high school made mention of Canfield's three military service academy nominees. They included Robert Reed's nomination to West Point, Jennifer Morris' nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy, and Emily Conroy, who will have a choice of either the U.S. Air Force Academy or West Point.

In a press release from Rep. Bill Johnson, he spoke highly of this year's class of nominees.

"I am deeply honored to announce the nomination of these distinguished young men and women to one of the United States Service Academies," Johnson said. "We had an exceptional group of candidates this year, and they give me confidence in the future of our military leadership. I wish these young Ohioans the very best as they continue on to the final stages in the process of seeking an appointment, and in all of their future endeavors."

As for Canfield High School, Tullio said this year's class is a first.

"This is the first time we have had two female candidates nominated," he said.

In other business:

Superintendent Alex Geordan issued resolutions from the Ohio School Board Association recognizing school board members. Geordan said January is school board recognition month.

"School boards seldom get recognized," Geordan said. "We are fortunate to have some very fine individuals on our board."

Prior to the regular session of the school board, Craig Olson was elected president for 2013 and Lee Frey was elected to vice president.



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