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WITH VIDEOS: Rosanna Neuhausler, Ryan Murphy and Jack Wissman received an award in the C-SPAN 2011 StudentCam Competition for their project called “Stadium Bridges,” which details problems along the stretch of roadway that many students travel each day. A C-SPAN official was on hand recently to present awards to the three.

Allison Zolad, a first-grade teacher at Thurston Elementary School, has reached her goal of getting a bookshelf and cozy reading rug for her classroom, thanks to a project she posted on DonorsChoose.org. Members of the Thurston community, alumni and donated gift certificates helped her reach her goal. Even strangers contribute, she said. Sue Beech, a teacher at Pattengill Elementary also got a T-shirt project funded through donorschoose.org.

Students are focused on poverty and homelessness in Washtenaw and achievement gap issues among high school students this year. Youth Senate is a school board-approved group, giving them a seat at the board table where they regularly report about their activities.

Jazz students of Community, Huron and Pioneer high schools got to learn with this master musician who has recorded and performed with Bruce Hornsby, The Dave Matthews Band, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Prince.

Jeff Kass hopes his new book, “Knuckleheads,” will encourage young, male students to develop a love of reading. “I guess, in my heart, I really, really want those kids in my class – those dudes who hide in their sweatshirts – to pick this thing up and read it. And I hope the general audience will like it, too,” he adds. A release party for “Knuckleheads” will be hosted at 7 p.m. March 31 at The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor.

WITH VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW: The Leslie Science and Nature Center visits the school weekly for the club, which includes both work and play. The center also partners with the Wolf Family Foundation to provide larger, student-driven projects at Carpenter, King and Northside elementaries each year.

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