Overall Kent State
enrollment drops
Enrollment at Kent State University’s main campus in Kent, plus seven regional campuses, dropped by 1,062 students from the fall 2016 semester to spring 2017 semester, according to statistics released recently by the university.
KSU’s overall enrollment — undergraduates and graduate students — is 37,903 this year, compared to 38,965 in spring 2016. That is a 2.73 percent decline.
Graduates and undergraduates at the Kent campus dropped to 27,264 from 27,922. All of the regional campuses also dropped, except for Stark, which gained 142 students. Stark is the largest of the seven regional campuses with 3,591 students.
Other KSU regional campuses are at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Trumbull and Tuscarawas. Trumbull and Tuscarawas are the next largest at 1,455 and 1,410 students, respectively.
The figures show KSU has 31,754 undergraduates and 6,149 graduates overall. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college with 8,153 students, followed by the College of Education, Health and Human Services (5,764) and the Regional College (5,668).

AHS pupils collect
socks, Crocs, such
Aurora High’s Key Club is running a drive to benefit foster care children through Feb. 27. It is collecting items such as socks, underwear and various toiletries (soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.). The boxes for donations are in front of the class cases in the main hallway.
The Key Club has been visiting Miller School each week  to help kindergartners and preschoolers.
The AHS National Honor Society is sponsoring a Crocs collection through Feb. 24 so Crocs can be sent with a mission group going to El Salvador. All sizes, styles and colors are needed.
Crocs can be turned in at all Aurora schools, and there will be a Croc Night Feb. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Crocs store at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. Donors that night will receive a 20 percent off coupon for a new purchase.
The next drivers' ed course begins March 6. Classes start at 4:45 in Room 202. Pick up a drivers' ed flier in the high school office for details and registration information or visit www.NationalDriverTrainingOhio.com/ aurora.  To register, call Aurora Parks and Rec at 330 562-4333.
The after-prom committee is sponsoring a School of Rock fundraiser featuring the band The Don Kennis Experience. It will be Feb. 24 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Bertram Inn’s Paws restaurant. Tickets include the live band, food (pizza and light appetizers), one ticket for the cash bar, games and prizes.
Contact Shawni Girman for tickets at shawnigirman67@-gmail.com. An informational flier can be found at www.aurora-schools.org.

Top pupils listed;
blood drive is set
Recent athletes of the week at Harmon School are Annalise Bender and Mira Catania, cheeleading. Recent students are the week are: sixth-graders Samuel Bianco, Tara Jones, Chase Nessel and Vaishnavi Velaga; seventh-graders Elizabeth Hartenburg, Addy Natko, Carson Nietert and Kalley Samodell; and eighth-graders Ava Crasi, Amanda Hsia, Megan Leibin, Joseph Liang and Nolan Sullivan.
Harmon School’s Beta Club is sponsoring its annual American Red Cross blood drive Feb. 24 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Harmon.  If parents and relatives sign up to donate blood, students can earn data assignments, Bio Bucks or tickets by returning the form given by teachers.
Harmon yearbook order forms are available in the office. The books are $15 per copy, and orders can be turned in to the office or made online through March 24. Checks should be made payable to Ripcho Studios. For details, see Cynthia Richards in the office.
Eighth-graders interested in auditioning for the high school’s Emerald Ensemble show choir next year should report to the AHS auditorium Feb. 27 at 5 p.m and be ready to dance. See Sarah Dixon in the high school choir room with questions.

Open house, bowl
event set at Valley
An open house will be conducted Feb. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Valley Christian Academy on East Boulevard in Aurora.
Parents thinking about sending their children to the school can meet teachers and receive information about grades preschool to 8. For details, call 330-562-8191.
Tours of the school are available Tuesdays when school in in session. Parents should call the school to make arrangements.
The school's fundraising bowl-a-thon will be Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwood Lanes on Valley View Road in Macedonia.