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Not Your Average Birthday Party!

By Alissa Reinhard

When Vaquero, a waste and recycling provider, found out about Luke Taylor’s garbage truck-themed party, they decided to make one little boy’s birthday dream come true! Vaquero sent one of their trucks to appear at Luke’s third birthday party. He couldn’t have been more surprised!

This special birthday surprise was facilitated by Luke’s mom, Christine. This past Halloween, Christine made her son a garbage truck costume and afterwards, sent it to Vaquero.

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College Tutors Announce Educator Of The Month

By Steve Johnson, Owner of College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors

It is our pleasure here at College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors to announce the College Tutors Educator of the Month for March. The purpose of this award is to highlight and recognize a local high school educator that acts as a role model to our students. The award recipient, determined by input from the school administration, recognizes educators in our area high schools that personify the three core values of College Tutors: “Can Do, Results Matter and Leave It Better.” Continue reading College Tutors Announce Educator Of The Month

Former NFL Star Visits SVMS To Talk About Positive Thinking

Smithson Valley Middle School student Luke Seminaro shaking hands with former NFL player Travis Lewis while his classmates Garrett Schaefer, Nick Freeman, Ethan Baker and Chase Stevenson look on.

Submitted By Jason Gordon

In March, former Detroit Lions, University of Oklahoma and San Antonio Lee star linebacker Travis Lewis gave a motivational speech to more than 200 athletes at Smithson Valley Middle School recently. He talked about the power of positive thinking, a healthy diet, and generosity.

“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of my goals without a positive mindset,” Lewis said. “Whatever career you choose, if you start reinforcing good habits as early as middle school or younger it will serve you well in the long run.”

Rebekah Williams, seventh-grade student, said Lewis’ message was powerful. “He was really inspirational,” she said. “He had a lot of good points for my

classmates and I to follow.”

Lewis played with the Lions from 2012-2015.