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14 | January 25, 2018 | The Homer Horizon news homerhorizon.com Butler students experience recycling hands-on Students turn 1,210 pounds of plastic into benches for the school playground Goodings Grove second-grader Jackson Wright works on a device to help him pick up a rubber chicken on the final day of Camp Invention at Hadley Middle School last year. 22nd Century Media File Photo Registration for Camp Invention now open Submitted by Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C Registration for Camp Invention, a week of fun, learning activities that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and curiosity, is now open. Participants will build pet robots, design smart homes and explore the technology behind self-driving cars. The program is open to all Homer 33C students entering grades K-6. It will be held from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. June 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at Hadley Middle School. Those who register at www. campinvention.org or 1-800- 968-4332 by March 23 and use the promo code IDEAS25 will receive a $25 discount off the $225 registration fee. Here’s a sample of what to expect at this year’s Camp Invention: Children who attend will become a Robotic Pet Vet using tools, circuitry, biology and physiology to take apart and diagnose puppy problems. Campers will then celebrate the homecoming of their customized robotic pet as they demonstrate design engineering concepts in the construction of a new dog park attraction. In Mod My Mini Mansion children will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs and technology; from exploring renewable sources to binary coding, this take-home mini mansion will make architecture concepts unforgettable. Campers will launch into the future with their very own Optibot — a small self-driving bot that senses change in light — as children go on an exploration adventure fueled by aerial, aquatic and land transportation technology. Daily challenges will inspire the young innovator to Stick To It using collaboration, discovery and invention prototyping to solve real-world issues. Whether it’s through the lens of a physicist, engineer or entrepreneur, campers explore chemistry with magnetic slime, trajectory in a catapult challenge and the exciting testing of mechanical gears and their robotic arm creations. For more information, visit the Camp Invention website at drive.google.com/ file/d/1cFGqhtniaGPh5Kccj 2UaPcPCPQD8R8b5/view. Submitted by Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C What do 1,210 pounds of recycled plastic get you? In the case of Butler School, three heavy-duty benches. Students and staff began collecting plastic lids from peanut butter jars, coffee cans and mayonnaise jars last March in the hope of having them melted down and turned into a single Buddy Bench for their playground. But when first-grade teacher Jane Baar and media center assistant Denise Yaeger arrived at Green Tree Plastics, LLC with two carloads of plastic lids, they were shocked to learn they had enough to make three benches. Students and staff embraced the “A Bench for Caps (ABC) Program” from the beginning, dutifully bringing in acceptable lids from home each week and setting aside lids from their school lunches. The program is part of Green Tree Plastics’ ABC Promise Partnership, encouraging students to learn more about green living. At Butler School, students not only learned about the power of recycling, but the importance of working together and caring for one another. They were told the benches would serve as a place to sit when they don’t have a friend to play with at recess, encouraging others to invite them to join them in a game or activity. The Butler PTO helped make the project come to fruition, contributing the $250 needed to make the first bench. The school paid for the second bench; an anonymous donor paid for the third bench. Homer 33C parents can give input with Illinois 5Essentials Survey Teachers, students may also weigh in on respective schools Submitted by Homer Community Consolidated 33C Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C is asking students, parents and teachers to complete a 20-minute survey regarding the strengths and Students returned to school Jan. 8 to find three Buddy Benches made from 1,210 pounds of plastic they had collected. Photos submitted Butler School media center assistant Denise Yaeger (left) and first-grade teacher Jane Baar delivered 1,210 pounds of plastic caps to Green Tree Plastics, LLC in December. weaknesses at each school in order to help make future improvements. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered annually throughout the state. It measures five “essentials” critical for school success: Effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment and ambitious instruction. “We encourage all of our Homer 33C teachers and parents to take this important 5Essentials Survey, as well as our students in grades 6-8,” said Kathleen Robinson, assistant superintendent for instruction. “It will help us determine what we do well as a district and in what areas we want to set goals in.” Students in sixth through eighth grade will take the survey during school. Parents may choose to opt their child out of taking the survey by returning a survey notification slip that will be sent home with each child prior to taking it. Survey responses will be kept confidential and not associated with a specific child or parent. District administrators will receive the results of the survey in May. The survey can be found at www.survey.5-essentials. org/illinois, and the deadline to complete it is Wednesday, Jan. 31.

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