Shopping at Heinen's
can aid local schools
With the coming of a new school year, Heinen's Fine Foods is once again offering its ABC school donation program, in which the company donates up to 1 percent of qualified purchases to a school of the buyer's choice.
For purchases to qualify, customers must be a member of Heinen's Tasteful Rewards program. They can become a member by visiting a store's customer service booth to get a Heinen's Preferred Card and enroll.
Members can select a school for their purchases to be created to by visiting www.heinensrewards.com. Members must select a school at the beginning of each school year.
Every year, Heinen's donates more than $200,000 to area schools and organizations. Aurora's PTO groups have realized several thousands dollars over the years.
Choirs sing at game
Harmon School's choirs represented Aurora on Aug. 30 at Kent State University's opening football game by singing the national anthem.
Athletes of the week at Harmon for the first week of school are Morgan Copley and Emma Kennis in volleyball, Drew Albrecht, Sorenson Haun and Edan Konturas in soccer and Katy Fellenstein and Robbie Taylor in cross country.
Play auditions at AHS
Auditions for Aurora High School's fall play -- "Murder" -- will be Sept. 9 and 10 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Sept. 11. Director Rob Albrecht has additional information.
Magazine sale starts
Harmon and Leighton schools' magazine sale is under way through Sept. 10. Funds support many student-based activities and competitions, plus will reduce the cost of some sixth- and eighth-grade field trips. For details, visit the district's website at www.aurora-schools.org.
Certain student data
is subject to release
A U.S. district court has ordered that 2013-14 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education's Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object, and all local boards of education must post notice about this opportunity on their websites.
A copy of the notice, which includes instructions about how parents can object to the data released, can be found at www.aurora-schools.org. Students' names, addresses and Social Security numbers are not part of the information to be released.
Data to be released include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. Student suspensions and expulsions, and student performance on state tests also are subject to release. Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize the data.
Funds help students
Local residents can support Aurora students by participating in the Apples for the Students program sponsored by Giant Eagle.
Residents can sign up by going to www.gianteagle.com/about/apples-for-students or by calling 1-800-474-4777 and giving your school ID number listed on a flier in the link on the district's website at www.aurora-schools.org.
Each time a Giant Eagle Advantage Card is scanned, the purchases automatically earn the schools free educational awards.
Ice cream is served
The Miller and Craddock schools' annual ice cream social will be Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Leighton's cafeteria.