Westlake Freshman Wins Ideastream Poster Contest
Westlake High School freshman Moira Burke, this week’s Ideastream NewsDepth A+ winner is focused on keeping our home planet healthy. She used her artistic skills to win a statewide poster competition focused on community and conservation.
Moira was in the 8th grade at St. Angela Merici School in Fairview Park when she drew the poster as part of her art class. The theme of the homework assignment was healthy forests equal healthy communities, and Moira said she “interpreted it her way.”
Her poster has a pair of different colored hands shaking. Moira said she wanted to show that when it comes to conservation, diversity and inclusion are important. We all have to work together to achieve a goal of a sustainable world.
The poster was submitted to the Cuyahoga Water and Soil Conservation District as part of a competition. Moira won first place in her grade level and moved on to the state competition hosted by the Ohio Federation of Water and Soil Conservation Districts. She won first place in the 7th through 9th-grade competition there as well, and her poster has now moved onto nationals!
There are two quotes on the poster, including one from teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg that reads: “You say you love your children above all else, yet you are stealing their future right in front of their very eyes.”
When she’s older, Moira wants to be an ecologist and conservationist, but she has other passions too — art and volleyball, which she plays year-round.
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Box Tops For Education
Westlake resident Margaret Schulz has been collecting box tops for education in support of Westlake Elementary School for many years. She asks for others to join in and save cereal box tops like Cheerios and Nature’s Valley and drop them off at the Westlake Community Services Center, 28975 Hilliard Blvd. near the Westlake Recreation Center. A complete list of eligible box tops can be found at www.boxtops4education.com
“These box top are a great way to support students and help them get school supplies,” says Margaret. “Please drop them off at our new Westlake Community Services Super Center.”
Congratulations to Saskia Romeo of Lee Burneson Middle School who will be recognized tonight for a Regional Award by the Ohio Middle Level Association. Congratulations Mrs. Romeo on your hard work and dedication to students!
Spreading the Joy, One Pumpkin at a Time
To help spread the spirit of fun at Halloween, the Westlake Elementary School PTA recently decorated more than 40 pumpkins for seniors who visited the Westlake Community Services to enjoy!