February 04, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 5

NU's College of Education Sponsoring Annual "Standards for Santa Week"

by Press Release

With Monteagle Ridge serving as the North Pole and Niagara University students assuming the role of St. Nick, NU's College of Education will unwrap its annual Standards for Santa Week from Dec. 6 to 10, 2010.

The festivities commence on Monday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. with an NU education major-turned-Santa Claus greeting pre-kindergarten youngsters from Niagara Street Elementary School at the university's Academic Complex. From there, approximately 30 university students and more than 150 area children, ages 4-18, will communally participate in activities that include elementary school choruses caroling in the Academic Complex's atrium, daily Open Reading Hours that the public is invited to attend and, in accordance with this year's Helpful Healthy Hints for Santa theme, the creation of a cookbook for children filled with healthy recipes.

For the youngsters, Niagara's Standards for Santa Week is a seasonal adventure in reading, music and art. For NU students, it's a unique opportunity to receive hands-on training and give back to their community at the same time.

Given the nature of the program and the holiday spirit associated with it, ˜Standards for Santa Week' has become extremely popular “ both for our students and for the children that come from several area schools and learning centers, said Patti Wrobel, assistant dean for external relations in Niagara University's College of Education.

To further enhance the event, Niagara's College of Education has received the Teacher Leader Quality Partnership Grant, a source of New York state funding that will allow for the addition of numerous shared development opportunities for students and teachers from Niagara Falls High School, including differentiated instruction with iPads and presentations on the history of the Underground Railroad.

Additionally, Niagara's Academic Complex, home to the university's College of Education, will be outfitted with a dozen Christmas trees decorated by children from West Street Elementary School and be on display through Dec. 22. On Dec. 13, a contingent of NU education students will return the favor by traveling to West Street to make healthy holiday snacks with the 10 classes who created the ornaments.

Standards for Santa Week was instituted at Niagara five years ago under the notion that all of the program's activities and decorations would be based on New York State Learning Standards.

Participating in the events are children from Colonial Village Elementary, Harry F. Abate Elementary, LaSalle Preparatory and Niagara Street Elementary schools.

For more information, please visit www.niagara.edu/education or call 716-286-8560.


Below is the full itinerary for Standards for Santa Week at Niagara University:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6

10:30 a.m. | Pre-K students greeted by Santa as they enter Academic Complex

10:45 a.m. | Open Reading Hour with Santa (Niagara Street Elementary School)

4-5 p.m. | Open Reading Hour with Santa (open to the public)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7

10:45 a.m. | Open Reading Hour with Santa (open to the public)

12-12:30 p.m. | Colonial Village Elementary School chorus sings Christmas carols in atrium

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8

10:45 a.m. | Open Reading Hour with Santa (open to the public)

4-5 p.m. | Open Reading Hour with Santa (open to the public)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9

10:45 a.m. | Open Reading Hour with Santa (Niagara Street Elementary School)

12-12:30 p.m. | Harry F. Abate Elementary School chorus sings Christmas carols in atrium

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10

10:45 a.m. | Open Reading Hour with Santa (Niagara Street Elementary School)

12-12:30 p.m. | LaSalle Prep School chorus sings Christmas carols in atrium

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