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2018-01-17 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
Editor

CLARENCE UPK PROGRAM — The Clarence School District is anticipating state funding for its 2018-19 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program.

The UPK classrooms are located in community-based early childhood programs throughout the district.

Eligibility requirements for the upcoming school year are that the student must be a Clarence School District resident and the student’s date of birth must fall on or between Dec. 2, 2013, and Dec. 1, 2014.

The UPK program is five days per week for 2½ hours per day, and the program runs for 180 days. A lottery process is used to randomly select students, and attendance is at no direct cost to families. Each classroom has up to 18 students, a certified teacher and a classroom aide. A developmentally appropriate curriculum focusing on early literacy and mathematics skills is the foundation of the program. Transportation is not provided.

Families with eligible children who are registered with the Clarence District will receive a direct mailing with more information. The district will host an information session at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Clarence High School lecture hall. Student eligibility, the application and selection process, and the UPK program will be reviewed. A representative from each facility will be available to answer questions.

Applications are available in person and online from March 5 to 29, and the lottery date for UPK placement will be held April 9, provided state funding is approved for the 2018-19 school year.

Updated information will be posted at www.clarenceschools.org/upk and in The Clarence Bee. For additional information, contact the Curriculum Office at upk@clarenceschools.org.

POST 838 SCHOLARSHIP — Clarence American Legion Post 838 Scholarship will once again award a scholarship to a college-bound Clarence High School senior. Selection of the $500 scholarship recipient will be based on completion of the scholarship application and submission of an original 450- to 500-word essay.

This year’s topic is “The Bill of Rights contains many important protections of individual liberties. In your opinion, what is the most important Right in the Bill of Rights and why?”

The application form signed by the student, and parent/guardian if applicable, grants permission for a photograph of the awardee to be published in a local paper announcing the award.

A committee of Legion Post 838 members will select the scholarship winner. The winner will be determined, without regard to gender, race or religious preference, well in advance of the May/June CHS awards assembly. In the event of equally outstanding essays, the committee may split the award. The completed form and essay must be postmarked by April 11 or delivered to the high school guidance office by April 13.

For information, call Jim Schultz at 812-0405 or Jacque Georger at 759-8151.

NEWS TIPS — If you have news about upcoming events or new businesses in Clarence, or know of community leaders who could be profiled, call me at 204-4921, email epowers@beenews.com or contact me by mail at 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410.

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