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Members of the Angell Elementary Ecology Club have the right idea: They’re finding to encourage sustainability, recycling and using fewer resources and spreading the word throughout their elementary school community. And a Burns Park teacher takes her green passion and translates it into a lesson for students.

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A series of news briefs from around the Ann Arbor Public Schools including: All-district art exhibition begins this week; Huron places 12th at state Science Olympiad; 2 staffers earn Celebration of Excellence awards; DonorsChoose.org at Pattengill; June book events around town from AAPSNews sponsor Nicola’s Books.

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The district’s new outreach tool, School Messenger, allowed outreach to even more parents and encourage participation. About half considered themselves average technology users, with 38 percent considering themselves an advanced user of technology.

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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.

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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.

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A series of briefs from around the district including: Pioneer earns GRAMMY Signature award, Huron team takes top award at state building competition, E-recycling day scheduled for May 7, Community High has 44 run in the Burns Park Run, The Verve Pipe to play at Lakewood Elementary May 7.

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Students in Karla Hitchcock’s economics class recently took the National Financial Capability Challenge, an online test sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department, designed to test student literacy on the topic of personal finance. The group was helped by volunteers from the nonprofit Personal Finance Education Services.

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(UPDATE MAY 3: Millage is approved by voters.)
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District seeks renewal of a special education millage on Tuesday, May 3. The renewal is for seven years and would run from 2011-17. The millage renewal would generate $14 million countywide, of which $5.8 million would come to the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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