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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 5 months ago

Osceola Elementary takes students bowling for academic achievement

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Osceola Elementary School students were recently treated to a field trip to Ormond Beach Lanes as a reward for working hard academically.

At the beginning of the school year, Principal Lynn Bruner said in an email that the school set a goal for all students to meet 50% or higher of their annual goal in reading or math by December. The students that met this milestone were then taken bowling for free, courtesy of Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The resort donated $2,000 toward the trip.

"Their support made this amazing trip possible for our students, and we are so grateful," Bruner said.

OBE teacher wins award

Ormond Beach Elementary fifth grade teacher Amy Airgood was one of three award recipients of an award representing the School District's guiding principles presented during the Teacher of the Year celebration at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort on Friday, January 17.

Ormond Beach Elementary teacher Amy Airgood. Photo by Jarleene Almenas

Airgood was recognized with an award for guiding principle no. 2: Commitment to Finding Solutions to Problems. She also received a $150 check from the FUTURES Foundation, according to a press release by Volusia County Schools.

A quilter's journey

An Ormond Beach resident recently created a quilt celebrating women's suffrage, in honor of the 100th-anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, that will tour the United States throughout 2020, according to a press release from the Racing Fingers Quilt Guild.

Claire Sadowniczak, a retired General Electric Daytona Beach Aerospace

Claire Sadowniczak's winning quilt. Courtesy photo

Program Manager, is Pennsylvabia native who has been crocheting, sewing and embroidering since she was 6 years old. She continued crafting, and by the time she was in high school, she was making clothes for classmates — including prom gowns. Today, she crochets for charity, embellishes fidget quilts and sews for church. She's been a part of RFQG for three years. 

Her original design quilt was one of 40 winners selected to be displayed in the Dakota County Historical Museum of St. Paul, Minnesota. Aside from other venues across the county, the quilt will also be displayed in the Mall of America. 

Local author publishes third book

Ormond Beach resident Kelly Lowe has recently published her third book, "The Art of Connecting: Feeding Your Soul," which explores loneliness and how it is presented in our culture and affects everyone, according to a press release.

Kelly Lowe. Courtesy photo

Lowe, a motivational speaker, teacher and astrological counselor, has been a featured speaker for groups such as the Palmetto Club and at gatherings like The National Library Association and The Association for Research and Enlightenment. In her newest book, Lowe suggests remedies for loneliness garnered from her own experience, the press release states, as well as interviews with people who have recovered from loss. She also includes discussions with both traditional and nontraditional mental health healers. 

She will hold a book launch and signing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb, 4, at Lulu's Oceanside Grill, located at 30 S. Atlantic Ave. For more information, contact Lowe at [email protected] or call 441-8398.

New tree planted at OBE

Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington and City Commissioner Susan Persis celebrated Arbor Day at Ormond Beach Elementary on Friday, Jan. 17, by helping plant a new cathedral live oak. 

Joan Tague, Ormond Beach City Commissioner Susan Persis, Mayor Bill Partington, Ike Leary and OBE faculty and second graders. Courtesy photo

The city newsletter stated that the ceremony featured guest speaker Joan Tague, who volunteers at the Environmental Discovery Center, who interacted with the second graders and explained the importance of trees. The tree was donated by Yellowstone Landscape. This year marks the city's 29th-anniversary as a Tree City USA member.

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