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Namedropper 10/20/2017

October 20, 2017

Polish heritage honored today

The Friends of Poland of Lackawanna County will raise a flag today in honor of Polish American Heritage Month.

The organization, including Edward Karpovitch, president, and Ron Koldjeski, vice president, will also lay a wreath at the Kazimierz Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciuszko monuments at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.

Both generals fought for Poland’s independence and volunteered during the American Revolution. They both died in October, a reason why the month honors the Polish heritage, and October is when the first Polish settlers arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1608.

Members Ann Gronski, Ruth Gronski Mozeleski, Jack Kuligowski and Jerry Kowalski also helped plan the ceremony scheduled for today at noon at Courthouse Square. The public is invited.

Super (former) student

Steve Gavin, a 2003 graduate of Riverside High School and now an attorney, talked to the sixth-grade class at Riverside Elementary East about the law profession.

Gavin’s visit was part of the district’s Student Empowerment program, which exposes students to careers. The program also welcomes alumni to share their success stories with current students.

High notes

South Scranton Intermediate teacher Katona Miller received a $2,000 grant for her innovative program that uses the Lackawanna River to teach students.

The grant from Voya Financial Inc. is part of the company’s 2017 Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition that awards teachers for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and positive influence on students. Miller is one of only 100 winners across the country and was selected from a group of more than 1,200 applicants.

Miller’s “Splash into STEM” program will help develop interest in scientific inquiry among seventh- and eighth-grade students through the use of real-time data collection and analysis using peer-to-peer engagement, according to the organization. Students will conduct surveys of the physical and chemical properties of the Lackawanna River and conduct research on the data collected.