Robotics to fill truck

The Aurora robotics program is planning a Fill the Truck fundraiser for Easter Seals on Oct. 22 from 20 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school parking lot.

Clothing items will be accepted, along with dishes, kitchenware, small picture frames, wall hangings, small kids toys and games, knick-knacks, jewelry, books and CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes.

Tax donation receipts will be available.

Money raised for lab

Solon St. Rita School's°STEP Up For STEM walkathon raised $40,000 for a new science lab. The funds will be matched by a donation from St. Rita parishioners Jerry and Pam Stephens. The Ohio Academy of Science selected St. Rita to receive the°governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education in 2013.

Peer process starting

Miller School's integrated preschool community peer application and selection process will take place for the 2017-18 school year.

Applications will be available until Oct. 31 in Miller's office and on the school district's website at

The lottery numbers will be drawn Nov. 7 and parents will be notified by mail. They then will be notified by phone in the first week of February as to the screening date.

Anyone with questions should call Miller School at 330-562-6199.

PSAT signups are due

Aurora High juniors and sophomores who plan to take the PSAT on Oct. 19 should be sure to complete the PSAT registration form and bring a check for $16 to the guidance office. A student guide and practice test then will be given. Registration closes Oct. 12.

Aurora Parks and Recreation is sponsoring There's No App For That on Oct. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Walker Building. The instructor for the program is Miriam Conner, who will discuss how to parent in the digital age and how to keep children safe on social media.

The fee for the progarm is $10 per person or $16 per couple. Contact the parks and recreation office at 330-562-4333 for more information.

Aurora High's book discussion club will meet Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the media center. Participants can discuss their current read or a favorite, and enjoy snacks and a special guest book talk by Chris Radtke.

Alex Stoycos and Ty Zaleski were last week's P.R.I.D.E. card winners at AHS.

KSU gets $1.5 million

to improve its airport

Kent State University's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology will receive a $1.5 million gift from FedEx over three years.

The gift will support the university's flight program, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 and has outgrown current facilities at the KSU Airport.

"I am proud to say FedEx has long supported the career development of the aviation professionals of tomorrow, so we are honored to present Kent State University with this donation," said David J. Bronczek, president and CEO of FedEx Express.

"We believe the ultimate success of the air transportation industry is directly tied to aeronautics programs specifically committed to investing in our youth, and look forward to following the progress surrounding the university's airport enhancement efforts."

FedEx Custom Critical President and CEO Virginia Albanese and KSU President Beverly Warren acknowledged the gift with a special ceremony at KSU's Homecoming football game Oct. 1.

The gift will support improvements to enhance and expand the KSU Airport that supports the airport master plan.

-- Andrew Bugel, Record-Courier

Orchestra slates fest

at the Moore rec area

The Aurora Orchestra Association is sponsoring its 10th annual Family Fun Fest on Oct. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Moore Outdoor Recreation Center on south Bissell Road.

The event will include a disc jockey playing tunes for dancing in the barn, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, food and a kiddie treat trail.

Tickets at the door will be $10 or $8 with a nonperishable donation for the Portage County Food Pantry. Children 4 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased at or make checks payable to AOA and turn them, along with the registration form, into one of the local school offices (in care of Mr. Nabring or Mr. Burdett).

The Elementary PTO recently purchased Aurora T-shirts (each class has its own special color) so students can show their pride on field trips, assembly days and Fridays.

Oct. 10 is the panoramic and candid photos day for the yearbook at Miller and Craddock, and students are encouraged to wear their shirts then.

Kindergarten, first- and second-grade field trip photos are needed for the Miller and Craddock yearbook. Send them to Paula Tice at PTPTO3@AOL.COM and note the grade level of the field trip.

Miller and Craddock schools have a program called Bully Busters, which helps students understand how they can empower themselves to create a strong and safe environment.

Lessons include support for students who may be bullied, the importance of peer advocacy and eliminating the problem of silent bystanders. Parents can view guidance counselor Tami Mazzella's blog throughout the year for more info about this topic.

Other coming events are: Oct. 11 and 13 -- first-grade fall parent-teacher conferences; Oct. 13 -- end of the first nine weeks grading period and preschool conferences; Oct. 14 -- no school; Oct. 17-19 -- National Fire Safety Month assemblies for preschool to grade 2; Oct. 20 and 25 -- Miller fall conferences; Oct. 21 -- report cards are sent home for grades 1 and 2.

KSU will raise money,

erect new BA building

Big plans are in store for Kent State University and the college's Business Administration program.

It was announced during the Board of Trustees' meeting Sept. 30 that KSU has launched its largest comprehensive campaign in university history.

The goals of the campaign will be developed in collaboration with senior leadership, the university community and the Kent State University Foundation.

According to Steven Sokany, KSU's vice president for institutional advancement, there is no set goal as far as how much money the campaign is looking to raise.

"We just know that our aspirations are to raise more than we raised in the last campaign, which was $265 million," he said.

Part of the campaign will be directed toward the development of a new building for students in the College of Business Administration. With the comprehensive campaign, KSU will look to raise between $50 million and $60 million for the new building.

Early renderings were shown of a three-story building, spanning around 150,000 square feet, to be located at Summit Street and Campus Drive.

-- Andrew Bugel, Record-Courier

Top students selected

Last week's athletes and students of the week at Harmon School are:

Athletes -- Ashley Grossman and Sophia Miller, cheerleading; Max Trem, football; Carlie Filkouski, Alayna Fromwiller, Maria Parks and Sam Radvar, volleyball; Faith Carlson, Anthony Dolata, Emmie Fellenstein and Alex Zlocki, cross country.

Students -- sixth-graders Leslie Hengst, Katelyn Jeras, Shreyaj Menon and Connor Tonsing; seventh-graders Natalie Devet, Chase Gerbrick, Marianne Parks and Ava Ryncarz; and eighth-graders Alexander Brogan, Emma Houston, Cameron Mullin, Keaton Thieding and Colby Zepernick.