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CHALKBOARD: School cheers for the top in Orlando

By Don Fraser, St. Catharines Standard

File photo of competitors from all over Canada competing for the National Cheerleading Championships that were held at the Scotia Bank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Cheerleading Niagara. April 12 2014
Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency.

File photo of competitors from all over Canada competing for the National Cheerleading Championships that were held at the Scotia Bank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Cheerleading Niagara. April 12 2014 Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency.

Niagara Falls’ Saint Paul High School Cheerleading Team will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete at the World School Cheerleading Championships from Feb, 9-13.

This event brings together cheerleading squads from around the world to compete for the title of the top cheer team in a variety of categories.

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The District School Board of Niagara is hosting kindergarten open houses on Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

During the open houses, parents and children can drop in and become more familiar with the kindergarten program and school.

While there, parents can meet the staff, ask questions and register, with more information and registration forms provided online at dsbn.org/kindergarten.

Applications for the French Immersion program are also being accepted says the DSBN.

Students who will be entering Grade 1 in September are eligible to begin the program, with registration open until Feb, 21. Information and forms are available at dsbn.org/fi

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Niagara Catholic District School Board is holding its annual ‘baby celebration’ next Wednesday to honour new members of their staff’s families.

It takes place at the Catholic Education Centre in Welland, with parents of about 30 babies born last year included in the celebration.

Niagara Catholic is partnering with the Niagara Early Years Centre for music and activities for the families.

The parenting class from Notre Dame College will also assist with baby care.

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Niagara College says its Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership and Career and Co-Op Services is organizing a ‘Dress for Success’ clothing drive on both campuses.

It takes place at the college’s Welland campus on Monday, Jan. 23 and in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Staff and faculty are asked to take a look through their closets to see if they have any professional clothes, shoes, and accessories that they no longer have a use for.

All donations will go towards the ‘Dress for Success’ Clothing Drive, to provide students in need with new professional clothes.

Students will also receive tips on how to dress appropriately for interviews and jobs leading up to the ‘All About Options Expo’ later in the week.

Any leftover items will be donated to charity.

The college asks that outside donations be in before Jan. 16, but can be dropped off any time before the clothing drive.

Donations can be be dropped off in SE101 or L20 in Welland, and in W115 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

For further questions, contact Dana Brown at danabrown@niagaracollege.ca

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Don Fraser’s Niagara Chalkboard education column runs regularly. For tips and releases e-mail him at donfraser@postmedia.com