Westside schools: ‘Apple’ support sought at BV

       A request is out for documentation to support Marilyn George, a Buena Vista Elementary teacher who has been nominated for a Crystal Apple award. This is an annual award for teaching excellence in District 11, presented by the El Paso Council PTA. Only two awards go to elementary school instructors.
       George has taught fourth and fifth grades at Buena Vista for 13 years. “Many families have benefited from her excellent teaching skills,” commented fellow Buena Vista teacher Barbara Jones.
       Testimonials can include letters or photographs from past or present students or from others who can attest to her teaching capabilities. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 11. Items can be mailed or brought to the school at 1620 W. Bijou St. For more information, call Buena Vista at 328-4100.
       The Whittier Carnival will be Feb. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the elementary school's PTO, the event will include games, prizes and food, as well as Westside artist Bill Crowley doing caricatures.
       The Midland Elementary Winter Carnival will be Feb. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring the volunteer assistance of 25 to 30 Air Force Academy cadets. “The cadets have run the booths and done the majority of the work in the past; they have also been wonderful 'role' models for our students,” said Principal Barbara Bishop. “We are very excited about the cadets volunteering to help us again.”
       Several Westside schools are raising money to help the victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami in Indonesia. They are as follows:
       Buena Vista Elementary, Howbert Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Holmes Middle and Coronado High.
       For more information, contact any of the individual schools.
       West Middle School refinished its gym floor - including a touch-up of the Warrior logo in the center - during the winter break.
       Also part of the work was installing two new glass backboards on the sides. Funding came from the District 11 capital improvements budget, according to Principal Joe Torrez.

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