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AMID AUSTERITY, PTO TO PAY FOR FIELD TRIPS

The Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization told the Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board this week that the PTO will pay for that school's field trips.

Field trips for all district schools were cut this year, along with many other extracurricular and athletic programs under the mandated austerity plan.

PTO representative Camille Suszek said the organization can come up with the money to fund Roosevelt Elementary's field trips this year.

But the PTO does not want to make it a habit, Suszek said. "We are not doing this to set a precedent," she said. "We're doing what we think is right for our children."

The board assured parents that the programs have been funded in the past, and will be included in future budgets. However, they pointed out that it is up to residents to approve the budget.

Catholic school offering spaghetti dinner

Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel School will hold a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the school hall, 4115 Union Road, Cheektowaga. The Parents Guild says presale tickets are available at the school until Sept. 28 and will also be sold at the door at slightly higher prices.

officials said.

Community Ed offering expanded classes

Community Education in the Akron Central School District -- which has grown considerably over the past four years -- is offering a variety of new classes this fall.

Coordinator Ray Perkins said this week that the program is going very well and enrollment is up so far this year. "Overall, I'm very pleased," he said.

New to the program is a driver improvement class for people 50 or older, Perkins said. The course -- offered through the American Association of Retired Persons -- is designed to increase awareness of age-related physical changes and improve driving skills to compensate for these changes. Those who complete the course will qualify for a discount of 10 percent or more for three years on their automobile liability and collision insurance, he added.

Also, a seminar exploring the presidency of John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family is offered this year. Emphasis is on the historical social and political impacts of JFK and the Kennedy mystique, Perkins said.

Other courses include weight training, health, nutrition and fitness classes, computer training, investment strategies, a legal check-up course, as well as country line dancing, glass painting, wreath making, basic card designing with rubber stamps, and several trips and tours, he added.

Perkins noted that planning is under way for a teacher recognition ceremony.

Amherst Chamber seeks award nominees

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for its 2000 Community Revitalization Award.

People are asked to nominate a business and/or a resident who has improved the aesthetic beauty and environmental well-being of Amherst over the past 24 months. Nominations, with a before and after picture, if possible, should be sent to 325 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221.

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