Friday, February 08, 2002

Some Good News

Public can help save life

        The Saturn Corp. and the United Auto Workers union will sponsor Save a Life Day with LifeCenter from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, which is Valentine's Day.

        LifeCenter staff will pass out brochures and answer questions at the five Saturn retailers in the Tristate — Beechmont Avenue, Kings Automall, Tri-County, Florence and Western Hills.

        “Please consider celebrating Valentine's Day with donations,” said Chris Klug, a 1998 and current U.S. Olympic Team alpine snowboarder. “It takes very little time or effort to fill out an organ donor pledge card, donate blood or be added to the National Marrow Registry.”

        LifeCenter is a nonprofit organ recovery agency for the Tristate. LifeCenter officials say that 265 individuals are waiting for organ transplants in the Tristate. More than 79,000 are on the waiting list nationwide.

        From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, fourth-graders at C.O. Harrison and Springmyer Elementary schools will exhibit quilts they made at the College of Mount St. Joseph's Studio San Guiseppe.

        The students worked with art teachers Sherry Fuller of C.O. Harrison and Karen Lutz of Springmyer to create “Connecting a Community: A Floral Quilt Project.”

        Mini grants are available for nonprofit organizations and schools in the eight-county Tristate region for creative and fun projects for children.

        The grants can be up to $1,000. Applications are now being accepted at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for two programs: Learning Links and Summertime Kids.

        Beth Reiter, public information officer for GCF, said the programs could include accelerated reading projects involving parents, students and teachers; special music nights; studying art of another country; and science projects.

        The grants are available for educators from schools in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.

        The projects will be done in the summer.

        Application forms may be downloaded from GCF's Web site — — or requested by calling 768-6116.

        Applications for both mini-grant programs must be postmarked by March 29.

        Student art from Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) will be on display, starting 5 p.m. Wednesday at KnowledgeWorks Foundation, 700 Walnut St., Suite 600, downtown.

        The project involves students from Heberle, Millvale, William Howard Taft, Whittier and Windsor elementary schools, and Western Hills High School.

        The students will be honored at a reception from 5-6:30 p.m.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. Contact him at (513) 768-8362;; or by fax (513) 768-8340.


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