Ss. Robert & William Catholic School and Parish Celebrate the Fine Arts

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m., Ss. Robert and William Catholic School will host its final “Evening of Learning.” The focus of this particular night is a School and Parish Art Exhibit/Auction and Music Performance.

The evening will begin in the Upper Hall of the school with its “All Parish and School Art Exhibit.” Ms. Elizabeth Edwards, Art Teacher, has been working with the students, and their exhibit will focus on imagination and superheroes.

Members of the parish have also been invited to participate by displaying their unique handmade items. Traditionally, these pieces range from poetry to fiber wear. Additionally, an art auction will take place offering guests the opportunity to bid on framed photographs by the late Mr. Fred Owens, a longtime Euclid resident.

To round out the evening, the School Band and Parish Choir will present an array of music beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Faculty member, Mrs. Beth Wortman and Music Director, Mr. Jim Markel have been working with the groups to present a harmonious performance.

“I find this evening so inspirational,” states Fr. John D. Betters. He continues, “This is an intergenerational event that showcases the giftedness of our students and our parishioners. I invite the community to come out and experience this evening with us.”

Ss. Robert & William School is located at 351 East 260th St., Euclid. For additional information, please visit or call 216.731.3060.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.14.2014

Ss. Robert & William Students Honored at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

The Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) was held March 10th – 13th at Cleveland State University. Established in 1953, NEOSEF is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, whose goal is to get young adults interested in science and engineering by participating in a science and engineering competition. The Fair has been held every year since 1954 and is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). During the four day event, approximately 600 students from over 80 schools in the area set up their science fair displays, discussed their projects with 260+ judges and competed for more than $20,000 in prizes. One of the most rewarding aspects of NEOSEF was the opportunity for the students to discuss their research with professional scientists and engineers from the local area.


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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 12:38 PM, 04.11.2014

A "Shrek" of A Good Time!

Euclid High School Presents “Shrek the Musical”, see Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona like you’ve never seen them before!  Director, Ken Ferlito, and Euclid students are doing it again, taking the audience to a place so familiar, yet so different.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 6:06 PM, 03.14.2014

March Open House


Our Lady of the Lake School

Welcomes new students and familes!

Join us for an open house on March 25, 2014


For a chance to see our school in action and learn about all of our great offerings.

You can also join us that evening for an 

Early Childhood Information Night

Learn more about our high-quality kindergarten program, and our 

brand new full-day and half-day preschool options


Call or email  for more information

Rita Kingsbury

(216) 481-6824

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 6:08 PM, 03.14.2014

There is a Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven

As we learn (and relearn) beginning in childhood, some truths and sayings are universal in nature and practice.  It seems that parents around the world encourage their children to acknowledge their mistakes by simply saying, “I’m sorry”.  In that statement children come to experience and realize that making mistakes is a universal human experience, and an inescapable and undeniable part of being human.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 6:04 PM, 03.14.2014

Hooping It Up

The basketball teams at Our Lady of the Lake have been taking it to the finals this season!  There are so many things to be proud of from all our teams.  The 8th grade girls came in first place in their division.  The 8th grade boys are competing in the Mater Dei finals as we go to press, and one of our high school teams is still in the city tournament.  Both 7th grade boys’ teams made it to the quarter finals in the CYO city tournament, while the 5th grade boys went undefeated.  In their first year of playing together,  the 4th grade girls made it to the finals in the St. Francis tournament.  Both the 6th grade boys’ and girls’ teams, the 5th grade girls, and the 4th grade boys had good seasons with hard fought games.  And our cheerleading team brought the spirit, cheering the fifth grade boys on to success.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 6:04 PM, 03.14.2014

School Open House Successful Start to Catholic Schools Week

School Open House Successful Start to Catholic Schools Week

Our Lady of the Lake School kicked off Catholic Schools Week with an open house on January 26 that drew school families, friends and visitors interested in learning more about the many good things that are happening here.  Newcomers got tours from student ambassadors, who enjoyed showing off their school. Parents and families got the opportunity to see some of the wonderful work their students are doing. And parishioners got to show their support for this important parish school, which has been an anchor in the community for more than 80 years.

Highlights of the tour included the state-of-the-art computer lab, classroom technology, quality gym facilities, music and arts rooms, and of course creative and interesting projects by Our Lady of the Lake students. Principal Rita Kingsbury shared plans for the new Pre-K program that will begin in fall 2014. And the PTO set up a table to offer free popcorn and a friendly greeting, along with information about the dozens of fun events they organize each year. All the visitors also got to take part in a raffle and silent auction, with enthusiastic bidding.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:32 PM, 02.07.2014

Our Lady of the Lake Town Hall Meeting Focuses on School News

Our Lady of the Lake held a town hall meeting on January 22 to answer questions from parishioners and school families about recent school closings in the community. A sizeable crowd of parents and community members came seeking information about the future of St John of the Cross School, and how its closing might affect other area schools.  What began as a conversation focused on deep community concerns ended with a positive note as attendees got a clear message of Our Lady of the Lake’s strong position.

Father Joe Fortuna shared a chronology of events leading up to the announced closing of St John of the Cross, and expressed his commitment to maintaining a strong school in Our Lady of the Lake parish both now and in the future. While rumors had apparently circulated that St John of the Cross school was merging with Ss. Robert and Williams school, and Our Lady of the Lake was in some risk of closing, both rumors were soundly refuted.  A parishioner with students at St John of the Cross emphasized that, while that school has formed a partnership with Ss. Robert and William that addresses issues such as tuition, families there are free to send their students to any school of their choosing.  Our Lady of the Lake is similarly offering in-parish tuition rates to St John of the Cross families.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:33 PM, 02.07.2014

Senator Voinovich Inspires Students

Former Senator George Voinovich visited Our Lady of the Lake School recently, to learn about some of the school’s new initiatives.  Visiting classrooms and computer labs, observing school election posters lining the main floor, seeing the halls come to life with enthusiastic young students, he got to see first-hand a thriving community school of active, engaged learners.

The students of Mrs. Patterson’s fourth grade class were delighted to tell the Senator everything they’ve been learning about anthropological science (it turns out the Senator has quite a fossil collection himself!).  And the seventh grade students working in the new computer lab were eager to share their current projects researching and creating videos to document important environmental issues.  While the Senator was impressed with the cutting edge technology and the students’ advanced applications, they in turn were impressed to learn of the Senator’s own commitment to environmental stewardship. 

The project closest to the Senator’s heart, however, may have been the newly announced eighth grade trip to Washington, DC. Senator Voinovich recalled his own first trip to Washington as a youth, and the ways in which that experience formed his personal commitment to public service.  Given the long and esteemed career that resulted from that early adventure, it is exciting to think that we may be nurturing one of our next great leaders right here. The students look forward to the Senator’s advice and guidance as they plan the details of their trip.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:33 PM, 02.07.2014

Chili Cook-Off Heats Things Up!

What could be better than a bowl of hot, spicy chili on a cold day? How about a tasty dessert to go with it! The third annual Chili Cook-Off at Our Lady of the Lake was bigger and better than ever, with 19 chili competitors and 12 dessert entries. Competition was tough, but our seasoned judges enjoyed their work as they sampled the full range of offerings.  The church hall was busy and full, with visitors coming and going between the cook-off and open house. All the visitors enjoyed great eats, good fellowship and live music provided by the newly formed “Lakers” – a band of parish musicians who enjoy coming out for community events. The mood was festive and fun, and everyone left a winner.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:34 PM, 02.07.2014

Thank you Euclid Firefighters Local 337!!!

The Euclid City School District would like to express heartfelt gratitude for the generosity and kindness that the Euclid Firefighters Local 337 provided to our students through Operation Warm.  A special thanks to Operation Warm organizer and the Chief Steward, Bill Mastroianni of the Euclid Fire Fighters Local 337. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

A Dramatic Success for Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake’s parish play performed to near sell-out crowds at the end of November. Nearly 900 people enjoyed performances of The Adventures of the Fearsome Pirate Frank, a dramatic comedy that featured more than 130 young members of the school and parish. Director David Malinowski, of Willoughby’s Fine Arts Center, brought out the best in all the performers, and all three shows received rave reviews. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

NDA Models Service Learning

Homelessness - It’s something we’ve more than likely prayed we’ll never have to endure. Yet, for 14 dark and chilling hours, that’s exactly what a handful of New Day Academy (NDA) students volunteered to experience while staying overnight at a makeshift outdoor shelter.  So, why did these young boys and girls willingly brave the frigid night air with nothing more than a cardboard box for cover?  The answer to this question captures the very heart of "Shanty Town," a national program that New Day Academy has taken part in for several years to bring attention to the problem of homelessness.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

Haislah Signs With Notre Dame College

High-fives were flying after the first official letter of intent (this year) was signed by Euclid High School senior, Erin Haislah. Notre Dame College presented Miss Haislah with a full ride scholarship for basketball while family, friends, teachers, and administrators watched her sign her letter of intent.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

Twelve Days of Christmas at Forest Park

Forest Park Middle School's Student Council is sponsoring the first annual “Twelve Days Before Break” starting this Thursday, December 5th. The plan is to countdown to break with surprise prizes, treats and fun! The Student Council created the different daily activities to engage the students and finish the first half of the school year strong. What an amazing way to end 2013.   

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

Central Middle School Wins PLAY 60

For the third consecutive year, John Yuha's physical education students have won the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 Challenge. Congratulations to Central Middle School for logging over 2.8 million minutes of play! The top female winner was D'Yani Calhoun and the top male winner was Reggie Moore. Both students along with 20 other top students got to participate in fitness activities with the four of the Cleveland Browns players. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

COSI Visits Chardon Hills

A whole day full of science fun was brought to Chardon Hills by The Center of Science and Industry (COSI). The Investigating Energy program was designed to introduce students to the science of energy. Students had the opportunity to use an anemometer to test wind speed, built circuits by attaching a variety of components to a power supply, use blocks to transfer energy, and use the "Watts Up" meter to determine the amount of energy being used by household objects. The program was complete with vocabulary words like "biomass," "conductor," "geothermal,"kinetic energy," and "nuclear energy." Students also learned science process skills such as observing, inferring, hypothesizing, and predicting. Needless to say, the program left Chardon Hills students and staff very "energized" about science!

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

Arbor First Grade Students Give THANKS

First grade students in Ms. Laurie Flanders' class at Arbor Elementary School put on a Thanksgiving play for family and friends. The character trait for the month of November was "GRATITUDE." Students learned how to share their gratitude. 

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 6:22 PM, 12.12.2013

New Day Academy Fuels Future in Medicine with Internships at Cleveland Cliic

The basement is an endless maze of sterile-looking corridors. Massive robotic machines transporting mega-loads of supplies churn their way up and down the hallways. People wearing white lab coats pass by at a pace that conveys intensity. It’s a futuristic scene that bears resemblance to a science fiction movie teeming with suspense. 

But this is no movie. The stakes are much higher than the cost of a movie ticket. This is The Cleveland Clinic – known across the globe for its cutting-edge innovation. And navigating her way with ease through the esteemed hospital system is New Day Academy Junior, Julai Matthews, on her way to her next assignment.

Julai is part of NDA’s Career Internship Program with The Cleveland Clinic. It’s a partnership that has been in place for years and offers New Day Academy Juniors the opportunity to explore the medical field as a potential career possibility. Julai aspires to enter the field of medicine one day and finds the internship program offered by New Day Academy an invaluable resource. When asked what she most enjoys about her internship with The Cleveland Clinic, Matthews responds, “It gives me the chance to get real hands-on experience. I don’t think I’d be able to get this kind of experience anyplace else.”

Julai is just 1 of 9 NDA students who intern at the Clinic every Tuesday and Thursday, with round-trip transportation provided by New Day. Each student intern is assigned specific duties by Cleveland Clinic Volunteer Coordinator, Kevin Phipps. From transporting patients by wheelchair to delivering charts to physicians, Phipps keeps a masterful eye on the students’ activities, ensuring they are exposed to a full range of hospital procedures.

Apparently, it’s a partnership that has payoff for both New Day Academy students and The Cleveland Clinic. Phipps comments, “We really appreciate having the students. They pick up things quickly and they are a big help to us.”

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 1:09 PM, 11.11.2013

Trick-or-Treating at EHS

The halls were hallowed and the line was out the door for the annual trick-or-treating event at Euclid High School. Various organizations throughout the Euclid City School District decorated doors, donated candy, and volunteered to work the event. All of the money raised from ticket sales was donated to the Euclid Police Animal Shelter. This spooktacular event was organized by Mr. Nick Selvaggio and his criminal justice and crime scene classes.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 12:59 PM, 11.11.2013

Ss. Robert & William Catholic School An Evening of Learning: Cultures

The faculty, staff and students of Ss. Robert & William Catholic School cordially invite all to their second in a series of “An Evening of Learning.”  These popular evenings bring a fresh look to the traditional Open Houses that the school has hosted in the past.

On Monday, November 25, 2013, from 6:30-8:00p.m., in the school gym, the focus of the night will revolve around diversity and the topic of “Cultures.” Presentations will include a Living Museum where you will see our traditions come to life, Immigrant Projects, how Christmas is celebrated around the world, and a glimpse of how technology is used in the study of Religion. 

An interactive project “We Are Thankful For…” gives guests a moment to reflect on all the goodness that is around them.  Adults who attend the evening will have the opportunity to enter a free raffle to win a Thanksgiving Dinner from Bob Evans Restaurant.

Future Night of Learning Dates are planned for March 24, 2014 where the S.T.E.M. curriculum will be featured and May 14, 2014 where the Fine Arts will be highlighted.

Ss. Robert & William Catholic School is located at 351 East 260th St., Euclid.  Please call (216)731-3060 for additional details.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 1:04 PM, 11.11.2013

Our Lady of the Lake Visits Mary Mavec Opportunity School

What better way to spread some Halloween cheer, but to visit with neighbors! The seventh graders of Our Lady of the Lake did just that. The students walked down Lakeshore Boulevard to Mary Mavec Opportunity School in order to play some Halloween games and make a craft. The afternoon was filled with fun and laughter for everyone who was involved with the day.

A key objective in the religion curriculum for seventh graders is to offer service to others. The Our Lady of the Lake seventh graders did this by working hard in class to develop different Halloween activities that they could share with the Mary Mavec community. Some students created “Goblin Bowling” which was made out of recycled materials. There were also Halloween word games and guessing games too. One group of students even made many individual crafts, such as pumpkins, witches, and ghosts to help the clients put together. Still another group, created a Halloween version of the game Candy Land.  

The students were not only performing an act of service, but they had fun doing it. In fact, the seventh graders are already planning for the holidays!

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 1:06 PM, 11.11.2013

NDA Students Support Breast Cancer Awareness

New Day Academy’s 10th grade girls demonstrated their dedication to raising awareness of breast cancer by collecting donations from fellow students, and giving a voice to all those who’ve been affected by the disease. Collaborating with New Day’s Student Council, the girls hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Thursday, October 31.

Student, Chardelle Wills, who first thought of the idea, states, “I like helping people and since October is breast cancer awareness month I thought this would be a good way to raise money.” All students who donated in advance were allowed to wear pink shirts, socks, and accessories to support finding a cure for breast cancer. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness. 

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 1:06 PM, 11.11.2013

New Day Academy Hits the Catwalk

New Day Academy students are proud to be participating in the 2014 Best of the Best Fashion Face-Off and Prom Expo. The annual event is a city-wide high school fashion competition with a grand prize of $1,000 awarded to the winning school. Beginning in 1997, the competition, which is open to both males and females, enables students to raise money for their prom, as well as show off their fashion style. The competition has previously brought together hundreds of students throughout the Cleveland and Akron areas.

While the final competition is not until March 2014, New Day Academy students have assembled as early as October to decide on a theme, select music, and the clothing that will be modeled. More than modeling, however, New Day students are learning the importance of teamwork, organization, and how to prepare for large scale events. Henderson Deal, the advisor for NDA’s team, had the New Day Academy models  first walk the runway at NDA’s YOU-nity Fest in June, an event that allowed the community at-large to view what NDA has to offer.

To date, NDA’s participants are Desiree Battle (11th grade), Kamille Harris (9th grade), Janasha Robinson (10th grade), Naija Roundtree (12th grade), and Brooke Sims (10th grade). Deal states that spaces for both male and female models are still available, however. Don’t forget to check the New Day Academy website at for more information on this exciting competition.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 1:08 PM, 11.11.2013

Bluestone Teacher Awarded "A Day Made Better" from OfficeMax

The teaching surprise of a lifetime happened for Bluestone Elementary School teacher, Cheree Mason as she received an award and $1,000 in school supplies from OfficeMax. The award program known as "A Day Made Better" is part of the Office Max National School Advocacy Program where principals nominate teachers who go above and beyond. Bluestone Elementary School's Principal, Linda Knight nominated Cheree Mason for this incredible award due to her dedication, excellence and love for her students. With family, friends, and colleagues surrounding her Mason humbly accepted this tremendous honor. 

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

All That and a Bag of Chips!

Chardon Hills Magnet School teachers and staff are enjoying “catching” students going above and beyond in their attitude and actions with their All That and a Bag of Chips reward system.  

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

NDA Students Find Career Clarity

“What field do you want to go into when you graduate?”

It’s a question that’s baffled high school students for decades. Unless a school develops creative ways of offering real-world learning, students oftentimes miss out on the opportunity to discover their true calling.

New Day Academy, located in Euclid, cuts clean through career confusion. The proof is in the internship opportunities they’ve developed for their students. What’s so special about the internships at New Day? Just ask the Assistant Dean of the Upper School (Grades 8 – 12), Chanelle Stepp, “It’s my job to make sure that my students feel inspired in school and in work. I’m always on the lookout to uncover opportunities that will enable my students to spread their wings and fly. No other school is placing their students in the organizations that we are.” 

Stepp is referring to such powerhouses as the Cleveland Clinic, the Justice Center, and the office of Cleveland’s own, Frank Jackson. This year, New Day Academy placed 9 of its students at the Cleveland Clinic where they will be learning a variety of skills including medical procedures as well as office operations.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

NDA Celebrates Academic Excellence

New Day Academy’s Middle and High School, located in Euclid, recognize their Student of the Month as well as those students whose academic achievement sets a standard of excellence. Congratulations!

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

NDA Faculty Grows

Join New Day Academy in welcoming the newest additions to its faculty:

Mary Colan – Kindergarten

Charles Hayward – 4th Grade

Elizabeth Couture – High School Algebra and Statistics

Warren Franklin -  Electives

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

NDA Salutes Grandparents

Did you know that President Carter initiated Grandparent’s Day as a national holiday in 1978? It’s true. He’d set aside the 1st Sunday after Labor Day exclusively to honor the unwavering dedication of our “family pillars”. All these years later, President Obama agrees, “I call upon all Americans to take the time to honor their own grandparents and those in their community.” New Day Academy did just that! On September 9, faculty, students, and administration came together to celebrate Grandparents Day in NDA style!  Lower school students, grades K – 4, read poems of praise, showed off their alphabet skills, and made gifts to present to their loving grandparents…all to say, “We love you!”

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

Sports Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

The Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Banquet will be held on Thursday, September 19 at Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 East 260th Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. and the ceremony begins promptly at 8:00 p.m.

This year’s inductees are:

                Don Shisila                                                   Class of ‘68

                Rod Sullivan                                                  Class of ‘69

                Ellen Buck McKernick                                     Class of ‘80

                Eric Goulde                                                   Class of ‘81

                Clayton Cunningham                                      Class of ‘96

                Delvona Oliver                                               Class of ‘99

                Tony Basalla                                                  Class of ‘01

Tickets are still available:  Adults $30.00    Children under 12 - $15.00

Contact Joe Mayer, Euclid School Alumni Association 216.797.7895 or

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 2:06 PM, 09.12.2013

PTA Welcomes Kindergartners with Backpacks

The Class of 2026 was welcomed to the Euclid City School District with a backpack full of supplies courtesy of the PTA. A special thanks to all of the PTA members and donors who helped make this possible.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 2:08 PM, 09.12.2013