Poland Choir book benefit

Poland Choir book benefit
POLAND -- The Poland Choir and Barnes & amp; Noble Booksellers will have a Dec. 3 fund-raising event at the store's 381 Boardman-Poland Road location, to benefit the choir. Members of the middle school, show and concert choirs will perform at noon, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. The students will also help wrap purchases.
A percentage of all purchases made using a Poland Choir book fair voucher will be donated to the choir. Vouchers must be presented at the time of purchase. They are available by calling Robyn Shoffstall at (330) 707-0799 or Lori Mitzel at (330) 757-1014.
Exchange student housing
YOUNGSTOWN -- Quest Exchange, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing intercultural educational student exchange, is looking for volunteers to host English-speaking semester foreign exchange students from Nepal, Slovakia, Brazil, China, South Korea, France and Germany.
The students are between the ages of 15 and 18 and have their own money and health insurance for their five-month stay in the United States. Volunteers are needed to provide a loving home environment and room and board for the students. To volunteer or find out more, visit the Web site at www.questexchange.org or call Placement Director Kelly Higby toll free at (866) 540-4029.
Struthers grad wins award
VERMILION -- Barbara Brown Conrad, a graduate of Struthers High School, has been named recipient of the Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. She is the daughter of Marjorie and the late Bob Brown of Youngstown.
The award recognizes outstanding commitment and contribution to service delivery in the schools. Conrad, employed with the Northern Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center in Vermilion, is being honored for her innovative role in retaining and recruiting speech-language pathologists to work in Ohio's schools.
Her leadership was pivotal in the development of the Ohio Master's Network Initiatives in Education program, which provides distance learning opportunities for bachelor's level speech-language pathologists and audiologists to complete necessary graduate course work for employment in school settings.
Nonprofit leadership class
YOUNGSTOWN --The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State University will offer classes for the American Humanities Nonprofit Leadership Certificate during the 2006 spring semester.
The program's mission is to prepare and certify future nonprofit professionals to work with America's youth and families. Open enrollment for the courses, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, begins Monday. To register, visit www.ysu.edu or contact Dr. Jane Reid, professor of marketing and campus director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, at (330) 941-1870.
Camp Fire USA conference
AUSTINTOWN -- Robert Ricker and Ray Breese of Austintown and Barbara Smith and Mary Ann Smith of Girard attended a recent Camp Fire USA National Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
Breese joined other teenagers from across the country in examining issues of literacy, abuse and the environment. They also participated in a conference service project making quilts and scarves for the homeless.
The adults focused on resource development and strengthening families. Ricker is president of the Camp Fire USA Northeast Ohio Council, while Smith is chief executive officer of that council.
Calendar contest rewards
YOUNGSTOWN -- The 49 winners of the Youngstown Litter Control & amp; Recycling's Recycling Calendar contest will be recognized with a $25 gift certificate and a calendar at a pizza party Dec. 9 at the Oak Hill Renaissance Auditorium. The contest was open to children in kindergarten through 12th grade in the Youngstown City Schools. Nearly 1,000 entries depicting how recycling beautifies the environment or how recycling preserves natural resources were submitted.
Wall of honor dedication
STRUTHERS -- The Struthers School Foundation will dedicate a wall of honor at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Struthers High School. The wall will hold plaques listing the names of people and organizations that have contributed to the foundation to help with school projects that the school district is unable to fund.
The foundation invests contributors' donations and uses the interest earned to finance special projects. The purpose of the wall is twofold: to recognize people who support the effort and to encourage others to participate.

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