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Canastota's project night expands

As an expansion of its annual Health and Wellness fair, the Canastota Central School District has decided to involve the entire community to share in the best of what Canastota has to offer.

"We thought it would be a great idea," said assistant Superintendent June Clarke. "It's a celebration of our community with many purposes."

The Health and Wellness Fair: A Community Celebration will be held March 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Roberts Street complex. The fair, now in its 15th year is being held in conjunction with the "K-6 Project Night," the Rube Goldberg Physics project presentation and a festival of foods.

The district has invited businesses, clubs and organizations to come and share their goods and services with school clubs and organizations. Highlights include local entertainment, a forensics demonstration, an algebra obstacle course, poetry reading, artwork displays, school musical groups, a science presentation on the weather, world games, cooking demonstrations, food sampling from local restaurants and a whole lot more.

Clarke said the idea originated during the district's first superintendent's day. Educational Consultant Otis Jennings spearheaded the event by helping the district move forward with it. Jennings met with committees and departments and invited everyone to participate. The entire student body has stepped up to the plate.

"The students are very involved," Clarke said. "The different clubs have responsibilities for the evening and other students volunteered on an individual basis."

Clarke said a student designed the flyer and logo. Others have volunteered to help the vendors or clean up after the event.

"Everyone's been working very hard," she said.

So far more than 100 businesses, clubs, organizations and school groups have committed to participating in one way or another.

"We are having a wonderful response," Clarke said.

The district's goal is to help build better relations between the school and the community, parents and businesses, Clarke said. If a student has a positive relationship with the school they have a better perspective of school, which helps increase student achievement, she said.

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