Train-ing musical sounds

PORTAGE — Students in Janet Cantrell's kindergarten class at George L. Myers Elementary learned about “The Little Engine That Could.” Music teacher Matthew Byerly helped students build homemade kazoo 'train whistles' and explore tempo, rhythm and beat by moving and making train sounds to various rhymes and train songs. Allied Arts courses (art, music and physical education) meet for one hour per week with each class at every grade level, providing extra enrichment and cross-curricular lessons incorporating elements of each discipline with concepts introduced in their general education classroom.

Recycling plastic caps

ST. JOHN — St. John the Evangelist School has set a goal for students to collect 400 pounds of plastic caps and lids to be recycled into a bench for the school playground. The school is participating in the Lake County Solid Waste Management District's Cap-A-Thon to build awareness of the massive volume of plastic caps and lids that go unrecycled every year. It's a great opportunity to educate students about the type of everyday items that can be recycled and get them involved in the process.

Plastic caps and lids from home are brought to school. For anyone wanting to participate in the collection, clean plastic bottle caps from drinking bottles as well as plastic lids from food containers are being accepted at the school. For more information about the school's collection through Oct. 25, contact Jackie Tuley at

Students helping students

PORTAGE — Kindergarten students at Jones Elementary School collected school supplies for those in need due to Hurricane Harvey.

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