Honorees: The Archdiocese of Omaha recently honored eight educators at the 36th annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education. Their combined experience totals more than 200 years. Each honoree received a $5,000 award. The honorees follow.
Administrators of the Year: Stacy Uttecht, St. Wenceslaus School in Dodge, Neb., and Laura Hickman, Omaha Duchesne.
Educators of the Year, Secondary: Mary Bartak, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic, Elgin, and the Rev. Steven Emanuel, Omaha Gross.
Educators of the Year, Elementary: Barbara Stansbury of St. Michael, South Sioux City, and Michael Hartigan, Christ the King in Omaha.
Educators of the Year, Special Education and Inner City (funded by the Maginn Family Foundation): Katie Barmettler, Sacred Heart, Omaha, and Nancy Gillpatrick, St. Bernard, Omaha.
Lots of books: Mosaic is the Lincoln Public Schools’ annual display of multicultural literature. This year’s Mosaic will run Wednesday through Oct. 10 in the staff library on the second floor of the LPS District Office, 5905 O St. The display will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. After Oct. 10, the display will travel to schools. Mosaic has grown from 100 books in 1991 to 500-plus.
Time to apply: The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affair’s Sovereign Youth Leadership Camp will run Nov. 2-4 at Mahoney State Park at Ashland. Through the camp, applicants make an investment in their tribal community. This camp is an interactive, hands-on experience that focuses on developing leadership skills and equipping attendees to become future leaders in their communities. The camp and transportation to and from it are free for attendees. For more information or to apply, visit www.indianaffairs.state.ne.us/leaders. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Mail completed applications to: Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, State Capitol, Sixth Floor, East, P.O. Box 94981, Lincoln, NE 68509-4981; or fax to 402-471-3392; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Call 402-471-3475 or email email@example.com.
Dance time: It’s homecoming dance season. These schools are having their dances tonight — Bellevue West, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Fort Calhoun, Fremont, Lincoln Lutheran, Omaha Westside, Springfield Platteview, Ralston and Underwood. Omaha Duchesne will have its homecoming dance Friday.
Your left, your left: Several marching band events are going on today.
» Bellevue East is hosting a varsity marching band competition. Admission for spectators is $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens, and free for children age 4 and younger.
» The University of Nebraska at Omaha is hosting its Maverick Marching Festival noncompetitive clinic.
» Sioux City North is hosting the Star Fest marching band festival in Elwood Olsen Stadium on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City. Star Fest spectator fees are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $4 for students.
Another year: The 26th annual Omaha Bryan fall craft show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
Now showing: Area high schools are staging their fall plays. Here’s a rundown:
» Bellevue East, “The Foreigner,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Oct. 5. Buy tickets at the door at $6 for adults, $3 for students not in Bellevue Public Schools and free for BPS students and others with BPS ID.
» Elkhorn South, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” 7 p.m. Friday and Oct. 5.
» Lincoln East, “Up the Down Staircase,” 7 tonight. Buy tickets, $6, at the door.
» Lincoln Southwest, “The Secret Garden,” 7 tonight. Buy tickets, $8 for students and $10 for adults, at the door.
» Millard South, “Zombie Prom — A ’50s Zombie B-Movie,” 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults.
» Millard West, “Get Smart,” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Oct. 6. All tickets are $8, available at the door.
Recycling: Lincoln Southwest will host today’s Electronics Recycle Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student parking lot in Lincoln.
Stepping up to help: Corey Mulvania did something to help when he heard what happened to fellow Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 10th-grader James Owens and his family. On Sept. 10, alleged arsonists set fire to the home of Kevin Durham and Kelly Owens, interrupting life for the couple and Owens’ teenage sons. The suspects also spray-painted a racial slur and lewd drawings before setting the fire. Corey started a fundraiser at the school: “I just wanted to help in some way.” The 15-year-old worked with Pat Nepple, a school counselor. Nepple told the staff about the fundraiser, while Corey spread the word to students. Faculty and students raised $400, which went for a Walmart gift card for the family. Several people also donated articles of clothing. “It’s hard to put a positive spin on something so negative and horrible, but Corey’s done a great effort to put a definite positive spin on it,” Nepple said. “It’s just a good effort on a young man’s part.”
Spreading kindness: This year, Lincoln High has a new program, the “Cameron Effect,” to focus on how good it feels to do something nice for someone. The performers previously worked on an anti-bullying campaign. The group performs skits to illustrate the proper way to stop bullying and the positive consequences of helping someone. The students travel throughout Lincoln and the region to perform — four times this month, 15 each in October and November, and three times in December. Each school also will get “kindness cards” so that when a student does something nice for someone, he or she can write it on the card and place it on a “wall of kindness” at the school.
Special guest: Author Clare Vanderpool, 2011 recipient of the Newbery Award, will visit Elkhorn Mount Michael on Tuesday to speak with students about her experiences as an author. Vanderpool is known for her book “Moon Over Manifest” and her most recent publication, “Navigating Early.”
Giveaway: Lincoln Lutheran will host its fall clothing giveaway from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Commons. Bring donations, sorted by gender and size, to the school office.
True tales: Best-selling author Sam Kean spent Thursday at Omaha Marian speaking and answering questions about his award-winning book, “The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements.” Kean is the featured author for the 2013-14 All-School Read. “The Disappearing Spoon,” his first book and a best-seller, is a collection of short stories that relate real events to the elements of the Periodic Table. Marian students were required to read it during the summer.
Finally: Due to a printing error, Gretna’s yearbook signing party that was scheduled in August will be Tuesday from 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. in the commons after the home varsity volleyball game.
Special guests: Lincoln Pius X will celebrate Founders and Grandparents Day on Wednesday with Mass and a brunch.
Lots of doings: Douglas County West will have its homecoming parade at 1 p.m. Friday followed by coronation at the football field. The National Honor Society will have its Burger Bash from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
Dressed for fitness: The Gretna Post Prom Committee will host the Oct. 19 Post Prom Costume Run. Costumes are encouraged for this family-friendly event. It will include a three-mile walk and a one-mile course for kids 12 and younger. Both events will start and end on the Gretna track. The cost of entry by Friday is $30 for adults and $20 for kids, which includes snacks and water after the race. All proceeds will go for Gretna’s post-prom programs. Register at OmahaRun.org. Late registrations are $3 more. The three-mile run and walk will start at 9 a.m., with the children’s run starting at 10 a.m. Before, during and after the race, the committee will host the Dragon Boutique in the high school commons.
Constitution Day: The Community Legal Education Program, a student organization at the University of Nebraska College of Law, recently visited 65 middle school classrooms in Lincoln to bring awareness to Constitution Day. Law students taught an interactive curriculum that exposed eighth-graders to basic principles of the U.S. Constitution. Although this is the first year that the Community Legal Education Program has specifically done programming in recognition of Constitution Day, the program has taught area elementary students about government for many years.
Serving: Lifegate Christian School students were all over Omaha on Friday as part of the school’s first “Called 2 Serve” event. First-graders played bingo with senior citizens, fourth-graders assembled sack lunches for the homeless and middle-schoolers sorted toys for needy children. More than 350 students and teachers answered the call to serve, along with more than 100 adult volunteers, including parents, grandparents and Lifegate Church staff members. Each classroom was matched with a local organization and prepared for the day by collecting requested items, everything from toiletries to tableware and stuffed animals to sports equipment. In addition to donation requests, each classroom also received a list of prayer requests and has been praying daily for those they will be serving. The school and its volunteers served at Open Door Mission, Heartland Hope Mission, Abide Network, AAA Pregnancy Center, and area retirement facilities including Golden Living Center, Immanuel Courtyard, Brookstone Village, Maple Crest Retirement Community, Skyline Retirement Community, the Lutheran Home and Lifecare Center of Elkhorn.
OMAHA ARCHDIOCESE SCHOOLS
Fore! Tim Halpine, general manager of the Players Club golf course, set up a golf clinic Monday for six students from Sacred Heart School. The fifth- to eighth-graders were selected for the clinic based on their good behavior in the first two months of school.
BENNINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Now showing: Bennington will host a Spanish movie night Friday.
Read it forward: The Bennington Public Schools Foundation and the district’s three elementary schools can use gently used hardcover and paperback books. They may be used during Reading Nights, as student prizes or additional reading material in classrooms. Donations are tax-deductible. Books can be dropped off with a school librarian in Bennington.
GRETNA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
On the go: Palisades will have a torch run Friday.
MILLARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
And they’re off: Abbott will have a walking benefit before school Friday for the American Diabetes Society.
Helping: Today is the Neihardt PTO’s Walk4Neihardt at Chalco Hills Recreation Area.
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Special day: Springville will have Oktoberfest games and Red Ribbon Day on Friday.
Fundraiser: The PTO at Standing Bear sponsors today’s walk-a-thon. The kindergartners will take a field trip Monday to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch.
PAPILLION-LA VISTA SCHOOL DISTRICT
So many varieties: Nearly 800 first-grade students in the district imagined themselves behind the wheel of a tractor, firetruck, state patrol car or large railroad crane during the annual “Vehicle Day” at Zupan Soccer Complex in Papillion. There, the students saw, heard and touched vehicles from more than 25 local businesses. The vehicles introduced the students to a variety of careers ranging from firefighter to mail carrier. Vehicle Day is part of the curriculum on communities.
Special guests: Carriage Hill invited grandparents to have lunch with their grandkids one week this month. The event encouraged grandparents to be part of their grandchild’s education.
Keeping fit: Families of Anderson Grove will gather Sunday at Walnut Creek Recreational Area in Papillion for the second annual Anderson Grove Family Fun Run. It will consist of a 5K run/walk and a one-mile run/walk. The 5K will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the one-mile will begin shortly after that. The Anderson Grove PTO sponsors this event as a way to bring families together and support healthy lifestyles.
WESTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Pass the popcorn: Swanson will sponsor Friday’s movie in the park night.
Festival time: Rockbrook’s fall festival is today.
The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.