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Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is now offering a free After-school Homework Help Program targeting different skills each day. The program offers ELA homework assistance, reading comprehension passages, vocabulary enrichment, test-taking strategies, organizational skill building, study skills, and peer tutoring with Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy students.

Assistance is offered for students in grades three through five from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Peer tutoring is the focus on Monday, and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Tuesday.

Students in grades six through eight can receive assistance from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with peer tutoring featured on Wednesdays and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Thursday.

Lit Fit Participants at Lorraine Elementary Receive Reading Awards

Lit Fit Participants at Lorraine Elementary Receive Reading Awards

Several students at Lorraine Elementary School in South Buffalo recently received awards for their participation in the Lit Fit reading program sponsored by Dog Ears Bookstore & Café and Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke.

“Students participating in the program earn colored bracelets based on the total number of minutes spent reading both in school and at home,” said Thomas McDonnell, director of the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road. Students earn their first bracelet (yellow) by reaching 1,000 minutes of reading, and there are nine other levels with corresponding colors. Students who reach 10,000 reading minutes earn a black bracelet to signify the highest level of achievement. This is the second year of the innovative program.

Two Mary Queen of Angels Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

Two Mary Queen of Angels Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

Two students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga have earned prestigious scholarships to continue their Catholic education. 

Cheektowaga resident Thatheona Padilla, currently an eighth grade student at Mary Queen of Angels, is a recipient of The John R. Oishei Foundation High School Scholarship, which provides full tuition for four years of high school plus $500 annually for books and technology fees. Padilla will attend South Buffalo’s Mount Mercy Academy in the fall.

Sianna Le of Buffalo, currently a fourth grade student at Mary Queen of Angels, has been chosen as a Cullen Scholar by the Cullen Foundation Scholarship Committee and will receive full tuition to attend MQA for each of the next four years.

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College student veteran Nicholas Pilozzi has been selected as the first recipient of the new Karamanoukian Scholarship established with a generous gift from board trustee Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian and his wife, Karen Karalus Karamanoukian.

“As a strong supporter of our veterans and our country’s military, I’m pleased to award this scholarship to a veteran as inspiring as Nick and to offer him financial assistance so he may achieve his educational goal at Daemen,” said Karamanoukian, a vein specialist and director of the Vein Treatment Center. “This gift will also add to Daemen’s commitment to provide student veterans the resources and support they need at the college, which has been a key focus of President Gary Olson and Vice President Michael Brogan.”

Fashion industry provides creative outlet for Lackawanna student

Fashion industry provides creative outlet for Lackawanna student

CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK (March 2, 2016) – Fashion design has opened doors for Lackawanna student Uniqua Rolon, an aspiring clothes designer.


Uniqua will be exhibiting her designs along with 10 other students representing a total of eight local school districts at the “Limitless” fashion show. Students of the Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program will be modeling their creations on March 10 at Walden Galleria.


Uniqua has been working on vintage 1980s designs for the modern era. According to Uniqua, her inspiration came largely from TV shows and music performed by MC Hammer and Boy George.


“I have been in love with the 80s for as long as I can remember,” claimed Uniqua. “My initial inspiration for the fashion industry sprouted from the show, ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ I realized due to my shape and size I wouldn’t be able to make it as a model, so why not be the designer?”

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

AMHERST, N.Y. – Best Value Schools has named Daemen College as one of the “50 Best Value Small Colleges,” a distinction that places it in the top 15 small institutions in the nation.

Daemen, which is the only college in the Buffalo Niagara region included on the list, ranks No. 14 in the 2016 roster from Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education across the U.S. Selected top institutions have 4,000 or fewer students and rankings are based on net price, retention rate, graduation rate, and class size.

“We are pleased to have Daemen ranked fourteenth among the best small colleges in the country for overall value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This national distinction speaks to our steadfast commitment to provide a high-quality education that is affordable and to offer our students an exceptional value for their investment.”