|Subject:||Weekly Media Tips December 2, 2011|
|Date to send:||12/2/2011 at 10:00 AM|
December 2, 2011
For coverage information contact Tiffany Woods, Director of Public Relations for Roanoke City Public Schools, at email@example.com or 540.853.2905.
EVENT: Fishburn Park Songbirds to Perform at Several Community Locations to Spread Holiday Cheer
SCHOOL: Fishburn Park Elementary
DETAILS: The Fishburn Park Songbirds will have three special performances this week, including stops at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Tanglewood Mall, to help spread holiday cheer around the Roanoke Valley. The inaugural singing group, includes second- and third-graders, as well as intermediate students in the disabled program. Performances will last about 30 minutes.
Dec. 2 10:30 AM Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Dec. 2 12:00 NOON Tanglewood Mall
Dec. 3 11:00 AM Barnes & Noble, Tanglewood Mall
EVENT: Breckinridge Students Join Q99’s Dollar Makes a Difference Campaign to Benefit Underprivileged Children This Christmas
SCHOOL: James Breckinridge Middle
DETAILS: James Breckinridge middle school students will help Q99 provide Christmas presents for underprivileged children in December as part of their community service efforts. The radio station’s Dollar Makes a Difference Campaign, which runs through December 15, raises money for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas fundraiser. James Breckinridge students regularly take part in service projects to help cultivate a spirit of generosity for those in need within the Roanoke Valley. In October, students collected 438 toiletry items for the Roanoke Rescue Mission. In early November, the school sent 250 cards to the VA Hospital in Salem for Veteran’s Day, and for Thanksgiving, students donated 427 canned and boxed goods to the Feeding American Southwest Virginia Food Bank.
EVENT: Stonewall Jackson Announces Winners of 2011 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Bookmark and Poster Contest
SCHOOL: Stonewall Jackson Middle
DETAILS: Stonewall Jackson Middle School has selected the winners for the 2011 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Bookmark and Poster Contest. Tierra Brown won in the 5th-6th grade category for her creative bookmark, and Michelle Holland won in the 7th-8th grade category for her letter to professional wrestler Randy Orton. The students’ work was judged based on creativity, originality, impact of the slogan, and overall visual appeal. Before entering the bookmark and letter contest, the teens pledged to read five library books. The bookmarks and letters will be submitted to the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Seven winners in each age group will be selected as finalists and win a trip to WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Florida.
EVENT: Fishburn Park Hosts Successful Kickball Classic to Benefit Roanoke SPCA
SCHOOL: Fishburn Park Elementary
DETAILS: In the first-ever Fishburn Park Kickball Classic, the elementary students defeated the teachers 25-23 in a close, highly charged game of kickball. As part of the fundraiser, students donated five large boxes’ worth of items to benefit animals at the Roanoke Valley SPCA. The school’s Student Government Association sponsored the game, which the school hopes will become an annual event.
EVENT: Virginia Heights Students Donate More Than 60 Pounds of Halloween Candy to U.S. Troops
SCHOOL: Virginia Heights Elementary
DETAILS: Fifth-graders at Virginia Heights Elementary School recently donated more than 60 pounds of remaining Halloween candy to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions.
EVENT: Monterey Elementary School to Host 9th Annual “Holidays Around the World” Celebration
SCHOOL: Monterey Elementary School
DATE/TIME: December 8th, 8 AM-11:45AM
DETAILS: The 9th annual “Holidays Around the World” event at Monterey Elementary School will celebrate 15 different countries and eight languages represented at the school. The English Language Learners (ELL) students will display items such as pictures, crafts, and their country’s flag. Students and staff will wear something from a different country/culture. During the week, selected students will briefly speak on the intercom about their country, both in English and their native language.
EVENT: Forest Park Academy Students Learn Important Fundraising Skills While Planning Schools’ First Winter Court Formal
SCHOOL: Forest Park Academy
DATE/TIME: December 10, 7 PM
DETAILS: Forest Park Academy students will be hosting the school’s first formal “Winter Court” dance on December 10. The event is a fundraiser for a student field trip to Washington, D.C. and the school’s end of the year prom. Teachers hope that the Winter Court Formal will give students an opportunity to practice fundraising and public speaking skills while meeting with potential donors. Students who raise at least $50 will be eligible for the title of king and queen. The court selection will be based both on the amount of money raised and votes received from the student body. The formal court presentation will be followed by a winter dance. The event is open to the public, and tickets cost $5.
EVENT: Breckinridge Middle Students Present Their “Top Issues” to Roanoke Mayor David Bowers
SCHOOL: Breckinridge Middle School
DATE/TIME: December 12, 11:30 AM-1 PM
DETAILS: Roanoke Mayor David Bowers will visit a sixth-grade classroom at Breckinridge on December 12. Teacher Sue Bryson’s students will practice their persuasive techniques by presenting their “top issues” to the mayor. The students will discuss both political and community topics they feel strongly about and they will ask the mayor to consider addressing them.
EVENT: ROTEC’s Reality Store Project Gives Students First-Hand Experience on Making Financial Decisions in Life
SCHOOL: Breckinridge Middle School
DATE/TIME: December 14
DETAILS: ROTEC will be conducting a career exploration project called The Reality Store with every eighth-grader in the division this school year. The Reality Store is a program that helps to prepare students for career development, interpersonal development, and financial literacy. Each student imagines themselves at the age of 30 and must make monthly essential purchases/payments with the goal of having some money left over. There will be nearly 40 volunteers from the Advisory Council, Foundation, and area businesses to implement the project.
December 14 Breckinridge Middle School/NCTLA 8:00am – 3:30pm
E-mail Kathleen Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any volunteers from area businesses, or call 853-2803 for questions.