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8th Grade English/Art Classes - April 2008

Westover Junior High


The English curriculum at Westover Park Junior High School recently allowed students to view the Holocaust through the eyes of the children who were victims of World War II violence. When Craig Hubbard, a teacher at Westover, heard about an effort by the Houston Holocaust Museum to display 1.5 million paper butterflies representing the children who died in concentration camps, he presented the idea to the school - and these kids responded. Within a short time the 8th grade English and Art classes, along with one 7th grade class, created over 400 butterflies to send to the Houston museum. These students decided to write the names and ages of the children who died on the backs of the butterflies in order to dedicate their efforts to those who suffered. Speaking about the classes she nominated for Class Act, teacher Tamara Hinders said, "This project really impacted our kids; they did such a good job." Congratulations, and thank you!

Photo by Micheal Lemmons / Amarillo Globe-News
Accompanied by Celebrate Education partners, eighth grade students at Amarillo's Westover Park Junior High gather at the school Monday, March 31, 2008 as the Amarillo Globe-News' newest Class Act.

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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