Fire safety education

to have a new format

The Aurora Fire Department is gearing up to present its fall fire safety program to youngsters in the city's elementary schools.

The schedule is as follows: Oct. 17 -- Craddock at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 18 -- Miller at 9:30 a.m. and Leighton at 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 19 -- Miller at 1:30 p.m.

Fire safety inspector Stefen Krieger is coordinating the program and has partnered this year with the National Fire Safety Council to teach a new format.

Donations from local businesses are used to print the program materials and provide live presentations to each of the elementary schools.

"Aurora businesses have been very generous, as they have for our previous programs," said Fire Chief David Barnes. "This new format will allow us to reach more children with important fire prevention and safety information.

All educational materials are designed exclusively by National Fire Safety Council Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit charitable organization. It is the largest distributor of fire and life safety materials for children in the U.S.

Local contributions provide age-specific, 24-page manuals for preschool through fifth grade; pamphlets about smoke alarms, fire escape plans, safe meeting places and babysitters safety; firefighter sticker badges; fire-hats and many other items.

Alumni enjoy golfing

In addition to inducting Dr. Edward Hall, Phil Quinn and James Sjostrom into the Aurora High Hall of Fame, the AHS Alumni Association conducted its inaugural golf outing at Grantwood Golf Course during Homecoming weekend. The winning team consisted of Edward, Jack, Chuck and Dennis Reminder. Seventy-two people attended.

Here are several ways

to support the schools

Aurora PTO is sponsoring boxtops contests in grades K to 8 at the local elementary and Harmon schools.

Students should turn in a collection sheet or Ziploc bag with name and grade to their school office or at Aurora Memorial Library by Oct. 24. Prizes will be awarded.

Residents should register their Heinen's card to support the schools at Heinen's will return 1 percent of purchases to the appropriate school.

The program runs through April, and residents must re-select their school every year. Giant Eagle cards can be registered at

ID numbers for each school are Miller-Craddock 2170, Leighton 3521, Harmon 2321, Aurora High 5972 and Harmon-High School PTO 2034.

Each time residents use a Giant Eagle Advantage Card through March 18, 2017, purchases benefit the schools.

Volleyball fundraiser slated

Aurora High's Service Learning class is planning a volleyball fundraiser Nov. 12 to spread awareness and education of Multiple Sclerosis and support the Kym Sellers Foundation.

All teams must be registered by Oct. 21. Registration closes with the first 31 teams to submit payments.

Meanwhile, Harmon School's next parent communications forum will be Oct. 20 at 11 a.m., with Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli as speaker.

2 elementary schools gear

up for parent-teacher talks

Fall parent-teacher conferences are coming up at Craddock and Miller schools.

Craddock's first-grade second session will be Oct. 13. Miller's conferences are Oct. 20 and 25 and Craddock's second-grade conferences are Oct. 25 and 27.

During evening conferences at both schools, child care will be provided by students in the National Honor Society for evening conferences from 4:30 to 7:30. Check in at the front desk of either office to take advantage of the service.

Miller School's book fair runs Oct. 17-19, with family night on Oct. 19.

There will be no classes on Oct. 14, and report cards will be distributed for grades 1 and 2 on Oct. 21.

The Elementary PTO will host a rollerskating party Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Chagrin Valley Roller Rink. Admission is a can of food for the Aurora Food Pantry. Visit for more details.

Parents are reminded to send a note and/or call the elementary offices if their child is absent or there is a change in his/her transportation.

Parents should send an extra set of clothes for their child for wintertime, plus a spare sweatshirt or jacket for cool days. Donations of clothing that a student has outgrown also are appreciated for use in the school clinic.