#parent | #kids | Get free help with teens’ college essay from Shaker Library: Press Run

Get free help with a college essay: I remember as a college student taking a history class on the Roman Empire. We had to write an essay, which I did and proudly handed in, thinking I put together quite the statement on what ever it was that made up its assigned subject matter. I don’t recall the exact subject of the essay, but as you can see, I remember my feeling of accomplishment in turning in that paper.

Days later, the professor gave me back that graded essay. As he handed it back to me, I saw it had on it a grade of B. Before I even had time to reflect on that grade, he told me my essay was rather short on the facts, ideas and thoughts he was looking for, but he really liked the way I wrote the essay, as if I really believed that what I was writing really happened just the way I said it did.

“That’s right,” I nodded, “things could have really happened as I said they did. Maybe they really did.” After all, was the professor there to see it? Like me, he was not.

“Hmm,” I considered later that evening, “maybe history isn’t for me, but perhaps writing is.” Now, don’t take this the wrong way. I’ve really improved — a lot — on gathering facts. But it goes to show how important written presentation can be. As I recall, I did get an A in that Roman history class. At least I think I did. Any way, that’s how I’m presenting it here.

But, enough about me. I tell you this less-than-inspiring story because the Shaker Library wants you to recall “the infamous college essay” for admittance and how it can become such a stressful battleground for parents and teens. Rest assured that the Shaker Library wants to help take the stress out of the essay process for you and your young student and has thus invited Lake Erie Ink to offer two online workshops on “Writing the College Essay.” MyCom has been kind enough to fund the workshops, so no teen or parent has to pay.

The first workshop will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 6, during which teens will learn strategies for brainstorming essay topics, review the Common App, and begin to write their essays. During the second session from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 13, students will receive feedback and coaching to finish, revise, and polish their essays. It is recommended that teens attend both online workshops.

Lake Erie Ink offers programs for students ages 6 to 18, as well as providing afterschool creative writing experiences for students and other youth organizations. Lake Erie Ink blossomed from the many years that teachers Amy Rosenbluth and Cynthia Larsen offered creative writing programs for youth in Cleveland’s east side communities.

“The college essay is an opportunity for high school students to use their own voices to explain who they are, what their values are, and what matters to them,” a Shaker Library release states. “Their college essays are their chances to tell their unique stories, and Shaker Library and Lake Erie Ink want to help them find their voices.”

All teens who sign up will receive a link to the Zoom workshops. Teens can register for the Oct. 6 workshop here, and the Oct. 13 workshop here.

And, remember, just believe 100-percent what you’re saying in your unique essay, and they, too, will believe.

Thank you for your service: The city of University Heights, on Sept. 22, recognized Rich Fried for his 50 years of volunteer service with its auxiliary police unit. Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and UHPD Chief Dustin Rogers presented Fried with a joint proclamation and resolution, the latter signed by the mayor and all City Council members.

Online library offerings: The Heights Libraries are offering several upcoming activities online. Let’s take a deep breath and go over each of them in one long, run-on sentence.

Activities include “Virtual Lunchtime Yoga with Kelly,” from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 (no registration required, visit facebook.com/heightslibrary); “Diversity Through the Arts,” from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 10 (registration required by visiting here; “Murder Between the Pages: ‘The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder,’ by Charles Graeber, a book discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, for which you can register by emailing Amia Wheatley at awheatle@heightslibrary.org; and “Exploring the Heart of Dying Through Courageous Conversation,” also from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 (no registration required).

Order and pay online: University Heights residents can now order and pay online for special garbage pickups. Not that any garbage is special, it’s the pickups that are special. What we’re talking about here is “large, bulky items that cannot be picked up during regular trash pickup,” according to Mayor Brennan’s daily COVID-19 Update of Sept. 22.

In the past, residents had to make time to pay in person at city hall, but not any more.

“Special pickups are designed for the collection of bulk items that will not fit into the hopper of a rubbish scooter, and larger quantity of items,” it states in the Update. “There is a $10.00 fee for each special pick-up load (pick-up truck is 0.75 tons or 5×8) and a two (2) load maximum per six (6) months. All rubbish cans included in a special pick-up will be discarded, no exceptions.”

Special pickups are arranged on a first-come, first-served basis. The city cannot offer a specific time or day for your collection. Acceptable Items are appliances; furniture; carpeting; wood/tree limbs & branches; railroad ties, etc. (all of which need to be boxed, bagged or tied, and less than 50 lbs and under 4 ft. in length/2 ft. in diameter).

Unacceptable Items (considered construction materials) are lumber; flooring materials (tiles/wood slats); concrete; bricks; dirt; roofing materials; asphalt; drywall; kitchen cabinets; windows. Construction materials must be removed by a contractor.

For special pickups, visit universityheights.com/special-pickups.

Alzheimer’s study needs Beachwood-area volunteers: The first infusion of an investigational drug that aims to delay or help to prevent the earliest memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease took place this month at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I, and Beachwood is among the places it is coming next.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Eisai Inc., a US subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, the AHEAD Study is the first Alzheimer’s disease trial to recruit people as young as 55 years old who are at risk of developing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as they get older. It introduces a personalized medicine approach that will tailor treatment dose levels to a participant’s particular risk of memory loss related to Alzheimer’s disease.

“We know that changes in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease begin up to 20 years before a person notices symptoms, but until now most clinical trials have included older patients who already have symptoms,” said Reisa Sperling, MD, director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and co-principal investigator for the AHEAD Study, in a release. “By inviting younger participants, we hope to help individuals who are at higher risk — such as people with family history — get ahead of the disease with early intervention. We also want to reach diverse communities to learn more about why people of color may be at higher risk of cognitive decline.”

The AHEAD Study consists of two different clinical trials testing the same investigational drug, known as BAN2401. Participants are enrolled in one of the two trials based on the level of amyloid in their brain. Amyloid is a protein that builds up in people who can go on to have memory problems and develop Alzheimer’s disease. The trial is led by experts at the University of Southern California’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute, the Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only disease among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. There are currently 5.6 million Americans 65 and older who are living with Alzheimer’s, a number that is expected to triple by 2050.

There are more than 100 study locations worldwide, including Beachwood. Details on local study site options are available at AHEADstudy.org.

Sign up for Cleveland Civics History Series: Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning and co-sponsors the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland History Center are teaming to offer free online lectures on Cleveland history. Feel free to register for one, or all of them.

What classes are in store for you? Let’s take a look.

— “Deconstructing the Rockefeller Myth: A Cleveland Perspective,” with John Grabowski, Krieger Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at CWRU, will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.

— “The Mike White Years by the Journalists Who Covered Him,” with The Plain Dealer’s Brent Larkin; Tom Beres, retired from WKYC-TV; and TV’s Leon Bibb, will happen at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.

— “The City on the Hill: The Influence of Henry George on Tom L. Johnson and Other Mayors,” with author Alexandra W. Lough, will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

— “Women and Philanthropy: The Monied Women of Cleveland and their Impact,” with Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, visiting assistant professor with the history department at CWRU, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

For information on the full series visit here.

Early detection of sensory issues: Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families with concerns about their child, and serves all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses.

CFK is now offering help to parents who suspect sensory issues may be affecting their child. All are invited to register for a free, 15-minute sensory consult with a pediatric occupational therapist from Abilities First, LLC, and The Mobile OT. The consults will take place virtually, via Zoom, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Oct. 15.

To sign up for a time slot, visit connectingforkids.org/consult. Those who register will be emailed information about how to join the consult using the free Zoom app, or by calling in using a toll-free number.

This consult is open to all children ages 18 months to 12 years. At the consult, each child will be encouraged to engage in some activities while a parent or family member completes a checklist. Families will also learn strategies to help their child at home.

According to research statistics found on the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder website, “1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions.”

“Often,” according to a CFK release, “these children are ‘labeled’ as behavior problems, impulsive, overactive or shy. But in reality, sometimes these behaviors can be attributed to sensory processing issues where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. The phenomenon may also explain some behaviors such as refusing to wear certain clothing, being bothered by noises or avoiding foods with unusual textures. Once families learn the root cause of these behaviors and know how to address them, they are given hope.”

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