The district will celebrate Autism Awareness Month by sponsoring a 5K through the streets of Springdale and Cheswick starting at 9 a.m. April 20 at Veterans' Memorial Field.
Staff, students, parents and residents will participate as runners, walkers, volunteers and donors to show their support of individuals with autism. Proceeds will benefit the district's special education program and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
In January 1998, the Allegheny Valley School District began its autism program with a classroom at Springdale Junior-Senior High School. Currently, the district operates an classroom for autistic children in each of its elementary buildings that enables students to integrate into the regular classrooms, participate in special subjects, use technology and interact with peers.
Next year, a classroom will be added in the high school.
The high school will host educators from Argentina, The Bahamas, Bhutan, Egypt, Russia and Trinidad and Tobago through Global Pittsburgh (formerly the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors) Tuesday afternoon.
The Science and Technology Education in the U.S. program is under the auspices of the State Department. The International Visitor Leadership program will feature an interactive STEM activity. STEM education is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
n The high school theater will perform "Phantom of the Opera" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and April 19 and 20 in the high school auditorium.
Tickets are $12 - $10 for senior citizens and students. Information: email@example.com.
A dedication ceremony for the Tranquill Language Arts Display honoring former high school administrator Cecil J. Tranquill will be held at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the high school commons area.
Spurred by a matching challenge grant by Fox Chapel resident Lloyd Stamy Jr., Mr. Stamy, his classmates from 1969 and friends of the class raised more than $14,000 for the permanent tribute to Mr. Tranquill, of Indiana Township, where he is planning commission chairman.
He was the Fox Chapel Area High School assistant principal from 1965 to 1968. He then served as principal from 1968 to 1971. He later served as the superintendent of both the Riverview and Shaler Area school districts.
Following his career in public school administration, he spent 17 years working in business as the director of operations for a large architectural and engineering firm before retiring.
The middle school seventh grade teams (students and faculty) sent more than 100 pounds of "goodies" in care packages to Maj. Brian Hallam and his troops in Afghanistan. Maj. Hallam is the brother of Leslie Phillips, a seventh-grade teacher.
The high school marching band boosters organization is taking registration for its fifth annual Mars Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk, inaugural 10K Run & 1K Children's Fun Run to be held at 8:55 a.m. May 18 at Mars Area High School.
Awards will be presented to the top male and female runners in various categories and age groups. All 5K participants ages 14 and younger will receive finisher ribbons.
The race, which begins and ends at Mars Area High School, is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Association and will be timed by The Runner's High timing service. All results will be posted at www.runhigh.com and www.marsband5K.com.
A noncompetitive 1K Children's Fun Run will be open to children ages 11 and younger and will take place immediately following the 10K and 5K events. A post-race Out of This World party will consist of refreshments, music, prizes and an awards ceremony.
Cost to register is $20 per 10K/5K runner through April 30. The cost is $23 from May 1 to 13 for mail-in registration or May 15 for online registration. Race day registration is $25.
Children's Fun Run registration is $8 through May 13, for mail-in or May 15 for online registration. Race day registration is $10. Children registered before April 30 will receive a race T-shirt.
All proceeds benefit Mars Area High School Marching Band, which will provide entertainment along the 3.1-mile race route. Registration forms and information are available in each Mars Area school building as well as www.marsband5K.com.
• The primary center will hold its fifth annual "Stuff the Bus" Diaper Drive weekdays Monday through April 26 to benefit The Lighthouse Foundation in Middlesex.
The school is accepting donation of diapers, which will be "stuffed" into a school bus provided by A.J. Myers & Sons bus company and transported to The Lighthouse April 26.
Donations may be dropped off at the school's main office during school hours. The fundraiser is being held in honor of the National Week of the Young Child.
The Student Assistance Program is sponsoring a spring community connections seminar, "Making the Transition to High School Safe and Drug Free," at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Allegheny Intermediate High School, 350 Cumberland Road, McCandless.
The seminar is designed for parents and eighth grade students who will be entering high school in the upcoming school year. It's is open to parents and their children. Information: 724-934-7260.
Parents and residents in Ross and West View are invited to speak informally with superintendent Patrick Mannarino during a Second Cup of Coffee program from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in McIntyre Elementary cafeteria, 200 McIntyre Road, Ross.
Refreshments will be served. Information: 412-318-1014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A benefit zumba-thon will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the alumni gym on campus.
The event is open for ages 12 and older. Light refreshments will be provided. Participants should bring water, a towel and a small snack. Clothing suitable for exercise should be worn, as well as comfortable tennis shoes.
Funds will benefit the Kurt Cerny Memorial Fund for Students, a scholarship that provides assistance to academy students who are recognized as aspiring performing artists.
The middle school and the Shaler North Hills Library will present the sixth Jazz Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Friday in the middle school auditorium. Admission is free. The show will feature the middle school jazz band and musicians from local schools and professional players.