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2018-09-13 / Editorial

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Lancaster/ Depew Editor

FOOD DRIVE — Depew Mayor Jesse Nikonowicz and Trustee Audrey Hamernik will be heading the second annual Community Schools Competitive Food Drive, sponsored by the Village of Depew and Tops in Education, among other businesses and organizations, to benefit Tri-Community, Trinity and St. Martha’s food pantries.

The drive begins Monday, Sept. 17, and will run until Friday, Oct. 19. The winning school will be announced at noon Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Tops Markets at Transit and Rehm roads.

Participating high schools are Lancaster, Depew and St. Mary’s; elementary schools involved are Hillview, John Sciole and Cayuga Heights. The winning high school will get a pizza party, while the prize for the winning elementary school will be an ice cream social.

WALK FOR A CAUSE — It’s always a pleasant surprise to see a company established in the community give back to local organizations or regional chapters of bigger nonprofits. Some businesses might pick an organization that ties into what they do every day, while others might choose a fundraiser or other program with more personal ties.

Edward Jones’ Lancaster office is one such business and will again be a sponsor of and participating in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Buffalo, which is taking place Saturday,

Sept. 15.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:15. There is a brief ceremony at 10 a.m.

Recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s early on in a professional capacity can make a huge difference in an individual’s life, especially in handling large sums of money, the Edward Jones staff said.

For the Edward Jones team, training to recognize these signs is part of the job, with a support net of “field supervisors” that Chasity Salvatore, financial adviser for the Lancaster location, or Ann Massino, office administrator, can call for input.

To learn more about the walk and the Western New York Chapter for Alzheimer’s awareness, visit www.alz.org/wny. Edward Jones’ Lancaster location is at 3615 Walden Ave.

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS — Every Person Influences Children and the Parent Network of Western New York will host the WNY Family Engagement Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road. The conference looks to improve family-school-community partnerships.

The conference will offer examples of evidence-based practice and high-impact engagement work taking place across the country as well as in Western New York.

The conference offers an opportunity to build alliances, organize collaboratively and realize mutual goals.

Participants will have a chance to listen to the latest practices in family engagement during presentations from national and state speakers, including Ronald Ferguson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology trained economist and adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. To register or for information, call 332-4170 or visit www.wnyfamilyengagment.org.

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