Polka band kicks off reading

The Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton, kicks off summer reading with the Chardon Polka Band at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. There will also be jumbo games, face-painting, balloon animals and treats for all ages. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Story times upcoming

The Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton offers summer story times for children up to 5 years old with a caregiver, starting on Monday. Story times run through Aug. 3. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Brownie helps hospitalized children

This year, Ella Tryon of Chardon Girl Scout Troop 71192 and her nonprofit Help Me Color a Rainbow, hopes to reach her goal of raising donations for 15,000 boxes of crayons to be donated to children’s hospitals around the country. Her foundation’s first Help Me Color a Rainbow Golf Outing, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 8 at Pleasant Hill Golf Course in Chardon, promises to help her do just that. For $80, participating golfers receive lunch, 18 holes with a cart, beer, a $500 cash prize to the first-place team, a hole-in-one contest for a car, two $1 million hole in one chances, skills shots prizes and a steak dinner. Warrior Golf contributed more than $30,000 of merchandise to the event. To participate or sponsor a hole, call 440-228-2153 or send an email to helpmecolorarainbow@gmail.com.

While being hospitalized in July 2016 at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Ella realized that she couldn’t color a rainbow. Her mother, Jaclyn searched for a box of crayons before retreating to the hospital gift shop to purchase a pack. Ms. Tryon said that her pursuit led to her discovery that hospitals, to avoid cross-contamination, don’t keep used crayons on hand. That did not sit well with Ella, who wanted all young hospital patients to have a fresh box of crayons to call their own, to color a rainbow, a dinosaur or any doodad they desire.

Ella decided she wanted to supply 1,000 boxes of crayons to every children’s hospital in the country.

Within three weeks of Ella’s return home from the hospital, she had already raised 1,000 donated boxes of crayons for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital from members of her community. Attention to Ella’s efforts by WEWS TV-5 news resulted another 2,000 donated boxes of crayons from Greater Cleveland area residents. In 12 days Ella had generated donations of 13,132 boxes of crayons and 254 coloring books. Along with the donations came the formation of Help Me Color a Rainbow, Ella’s nonprofit foundation.

Since July 2016, the 8-year-old has raised donated crayons to the tune of 27,132. Ella’s fellow Brownies have helped her along the way, labeling crayon boxes and donating them as well.

Library hosts animal show

Outback Ray brings his animal show to the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton, at 3:15 p.m. on June 11. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Lego club meets this summer

Lego Club, for ages 5 and up, meets at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton, at 2:30 p.m. on June 12, 19 and 26 and July 3. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Explore rocks, minerals, crystals

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will be at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton, at 2 p.m. on June 13 to offer a program about rocks, minerals and crystals for second- through fifth-graders. Registration is required. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Library screens movies

The Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton, offers family-friendly movies at 2 p.m. on June 14 and 28, July 5 and Aug. 2. Snacks and drinks are provided. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Explore trucks at library

The Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton will have real pick-up trucks, fire trucks, tractors and other machines to explore at 3 p.m. on June 18. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Learn to knit, purl

Kids ages 9 and up can learn to knit and purl to make a small hat at 6 p.m. on June 20 and 27, and July 11 and 18 at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton. Registration is required. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Jam with up-cycled instruments

The Geauga Sweet Strings will celebrate in the Burton Public Library’s reading garden, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 21. Children can make their own up-cycled instruments and play along, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Pet parade upcoming

All pets are welcome for a parade of pets at 3 p.m. on June 25 around the Burton Public Library’s reading garden, 14588 W. Park St. in Burton. Leashes, cages or pet carriers are required. For more information, call 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

Class sets scholarship record

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s class of 2018 set an all-time school record by earning $17.1 million in scholarships and grants over the next four years from colleges and universities nationwide, Principal Joseph A. Waler announced during the senior honors ceremony.

This ceremony recognized dozens of seniors for their scholastic and other accomplishments over the past four years, including seniors Hailey Oppenlander and Nora Nelson, who earned the Top Scholar Award for having the highest grade-point averages in the class. Both will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

For exemplifying the mission of NDCL in their lives, seniors Matthew Bartolotta, Nathan Lewandowski, Kathleen Shaughnessy, and Makayla White received the Living the Truth in Love Award.

Classmates Sarah Sahlani and Zachary Zienka were honored with the Sisters of Notre Dame Distinguished Graduate Award. Their names will be inscribed in a book of recognition at the SND Motherhouse in Rome.

Senior Magan Ha received the Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane Service Award in recognition of her service that impacts, inspires and transforms the world.

4-H receives funding

Leadership Geauga honored Geauga County 4-H as their 2018 Emerald Leader and raised $14,094 during their annual Emerald Ball to support local 4-H programs. Presented to the Geauga 4-H advisory council on May 1, this money will be used by the council to provide youth 4-H members with scholarships to Camp Whitewood and will provide seed money for a new leadership initiative geared toward older 4-H club members.

NDES has spirit

Through the collaborative efforts of student council, parent volunteers, faculty and staff, Notre Dame Elementary School’s spirit week was a success.

The jubilant week commenced with energetic activities each day and concluded with a vibrant NDES Field Day and Walkathon. Each day, students dressed up according to the special theme day. Themes ranged from Hawaiian Day, Twins Day, Favorite Sports Team to Crazy Sock Day. On Wednesday, the faculty and staff played a competitive game of kick ball against the eighth-graders, and the students won.

Friday’s walkathon began with a pep rally with announcements made by Walkathon Experience Winner, Ellie Bottino. Kindergarteners through fifth-graders participated in activity game stations and grades six to eight played a game of kick ball in honor of Sam Szabo and Colin Boland.

Afterwards, students were treated to hot dog and hamburger picnic lunch, complete with a dance party during recess. Then in the afternoon, students in preschool to eighth grade began the mile walkathon. The walkathon raised over $34,000 to support special programs at NDES.

Students celebrate Communion

On May 20, Notre Dame Elementary School second-graders celebrated their First Communion as a school community with the Rev. Anthony Schueller as the celebrant. At NDES, students receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist in their home parishes. Preparation for this holy sacrament takes place at their parish and at NDES as part of the second-grade curriculum. As a school tradition, once all students have received their first communion, NDES celebrates as a class with a special Sunday liturgy and reception.

4-H Beef and Swine update

Geauga Beef and Swine held their May meeting on the 20 at the fairgrounds. Justin Kordos gave a presentation on lameness in poultry, Brock Calabrese on anemia in swine, Coby Calabrese on whip worms, Travis Gotliebiowski on nodular worms and Trevor Gotliebiowski on kidney worms. The club discussed the logo on the new club shirts, escape planning and water quality. Each Cloverbud member was assigned an older member to mentor them and prepare them for fair. Lastly, the club reviewed educational information on swine, turkeys and beef. Also, on May 19 the club had a community service project at the Geauga County Home where they had pizza and cookies with the residents while playing games with them. Then they went outside and planted flowers around the property.

— By Shannon McFaul, 15, Chardon High School freshman

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