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Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center in South Buffalo is offering an after-school program for students in grades 3-7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each day targets a different set of skills, including ELA homework assistance, reading comprehension,  vocabulary enrichment, test-taking strategies, study skills and more. Bishop Timon …

Erie County

Stakeholders who want a role in planning the future of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District are invited to participate in Ken-Ton Forward. The collaborative process will develop a mission, long-range goals and a strategic plan that encompasses the districts goals, values and beliefs, along with an action plan to move "Ken-Ton Forward." Surveys will be provid…

Education

It took degrees, two student teaching gigs and two years of substitute teaching for Paige Rockwood to land her first teaching job. Rockwood, 23, grew up on Grand Island and attended schools in the district where she will co-teach with Casey Steck-Comeau, an 18-year-teaching veteran, at William Kaegebein Elementary School. She rose to the top during a hiring process t…

Health and Fitness

Nearly 85 percent of parents in Western New York believe their children should regularly be involved in sports, yet only 16 percent of school-aged kids in the region get the hour of daily physical activity recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disparity is among the more striking findings in a "State of Play" report issued this summ…

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Alexandria Fazio and Nick Schielke are determined this school year to be among Depew High School students who meet daily recommended physical fitness guidelines. "I want to be healthier," said Schielke, who hopes to make the varsity football team as a lineman this fall and looks to spend as much time as his schedule allows in the new 4,000-square-foot high school fitnes…

Education

Valentino Shine Jr. was a senior at Medaille College when his oldest son was born. He remembers taking him to some of his classes a decade ago, but knows a decision he made when both his sons were 3 years old has been key to their early academic success. He and his wife, Tasia, enrolled Valentino III, now 10, and Jackson, 6, in the Parent-Child Home Program. The family …

Health and Fitness

D’Youville College students who one day will head into a variety of jobs in health care already intermingle in classroom settings, but the school plans to open a new Interprofessional Educational Center in the 2018-19 school year to spur even more interactivity. Daemen College over the last several years has integrated several health-related programs, including health…

The state Department of Education has approved a Daemen College request to offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting in the fall, making it the only state-approved ABA graduate program in New York. The master’s program, under the direction of Vicki Madaus Knapp, assistant professor of education, will provide comprehensive graduate training …

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The rain was a challenge, but hardly a reason to call off the big farewell. Yes, the teachers at Waterfront Elementary School in Buffalo might have to give up on blowing bubbles, which has become a regular part of this rite of June. But even a steady drizzle couldn't stop them from offering "The Waterfront Wave." Friday was the last day of classes for public schools …

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Unlike other high schools, there are no bells between classes in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Big Picture High School. Students huddle in small groups with teachers, who also act as advisers and life coaches. Other students wear headphones and work independently on laptops. In a small library, a designated quiet space, a student sits by himself and is allowed to sta…

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Christine A. Hausrath says she and her husband, Kevin, could have become kids who fell through the cracks. "We were both (high school) dropouts," said Hausrath without a bit of shame or bravado. "My father was an alcoholic and my mother worked two jobs." Hausrath, who grew up in the Town of Tonawanda and resides in Amherst, now employs 190 people at companies she own…