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GATEWAY SCHOOLS

Kindergarten rally set for April 16

The Gateway School District will hold a kindergarten registration rally this month for children who will enter kindergarten in the 2013-14 school year.

Parents and children are encouraged to attend the rally to meet kindergarten teachers and receive assistance with registration paperwork.

The rally, which will feature prizes and snacks, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 16 at Moss Side Middle School, 9000 Gateway Campus Blvd.

GREENSBURG

Fracking lecture topic at Pitt-Greensburg

The Bernard Cobetto Lecture Series on Contemporary Ethical Issues at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will feature environmental philosopher Wendy Lynne Lee, a professor at Bloomsburg University.

Her talk, titled "When the Earth Moves Under Our Feet: The Pennsylvania Marcellus Gas Rush," will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ferguson Theater.

A community panel also will participate.

This public event is free. To preregister, call 724-836-9911.

Ms. Lee is the author of "On Marx" and "Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism: Six Global Issues" and a contributor to The Raging Chicken Press's "Frack That" blog (www.ragingchickenpress.org).

MONESSEN

Music, arts festival set for April 27

The second annual Raise Your Voice Music and Arts Festival will be held 2 to 8 p.m. April 27 at Monessen City Park.

The event is sponsored by Monessen Communities That Care, a youth delinquency prevention program based in Monessen since 2001. The group provides college and career preparation, substance abuse prevention programs, team and skills building and more to middle and high school students.

The free event will raise funds to sustain the program and focus on local talent and the importance of music and art education.

Details: email Matt Shorraw at SHO5348@calu.edu.

WHITE OAK

Long Run Children's Learning Center sold

Long Run Children's Learning Center, a White Oak-based preschool and day care center, was acquired by InVision Human Services last month. Long Run provides programming for children with typical abilities and children with disabilities.

According to a news release, Pine-based InVision provides highly customized support services for people with disabilities, such as cognitive, developmental, environmental, physical or intellectual disabilities. InVision, which was founded as a nonprofit in 1992, employs nearly 400 people throughout Pennsylvania.

"As we continue to look for ways to diversify, we are very pleased to be able to expand our services into preschool programming," InVision founder and president/CEO Ruth Siegfried in a release. "The fit with Long Run could not have been better, and their addition will help us ensure continuity and quality across the broadening spectrum of human services."

Marjie Foster, director of InVision's Center for Advancement and Partnerships, said InVision sought Long Run to diversify its services and serve more people in the McKeesport Area.

She said that while there are currently no plans to change Long Run's programming, InVision is assessing Long Run's programs and could add to them or make changes in the future.

WOODLAND HILLS SCHOOLS

Exchange student to attend Yale program

A student from Spain attending Woodland Hills High School through an exchange program was recently accepted into a pre-college program to be held this summer at Yale University.

Alejandro Carrera Rodriguez, a 17-year-old exchange student from Vigo, Spain, was accepted into the Yale Young Global Scholars Program this summer, according to a news release.

Alex, as he is known, is an honor student who is interested in government and international studies.

Alex and 76 of his peers arrived in August and began a year of high school through the Council on International Educational Exchange program. While studying here, he learned about the Yale program.

Alex was accepted into the Studies in Grand Strategy Program of the Yale Young Global Scholars, which will focus on strategic lessons from history and their application to contemporary international affairs.

Alex hopes participation in this program will help him to pursue further studies in the field.

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