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Spring Trail publishes inaugural edition of 'Paw Print' newspaper
By Kerry Lester | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 2/26/2010 12:00 AM

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Students at Spring Trail Elementary in Carol Stream made the news this week, literally.

Fourth- through sixth-grade students, with the help of Bartlett High School seniors and student journalists Gail Concepción, Kourtney Liepelt and Allison Prang, put out their first edition of the school's newspaper, "The Paw Print."

The four-page professional broadsheet features articles that run the gamut, from "Twilight" series book reviews to a Cubs session preview to an expose on school lunches.

And fifth-grader Bhavik Raj even tackled the district's deficit, in "Student Insight: Budgets with Bhavik".

"It's tough," Bhavik said of reporting on cuts. "I've had to do a lot of research. Some of the terminology is pretty confusing."

Prang, editor-in-chief of The Bartlett Hawk Eye, said seniors in National Honor Society were each tasked with coming up with a project.

"Most of the kids do something for a month. They get their eight hours in and then they're done. This is getting a lot bigger."

After working with students each Monday afternoon for several weeks writing articles, Concepción, Liepelt and Prang brought the articles to Bartlett to be laid out with student newspaper materials.

Prang says several more editions are planned.

2010 Science Exposition: Registrations for the Discovery 2010 Science Exposition Fair at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin are going on now through Feb. 26.

The fair, according to library officials, is open to all kindergarten through high school students in Elgin Area School District U-46. Participants are challenged to identify a hypothesis, design an experiment and collect data. Students

present their projects to their peers and community in a science fair. Volunteers will be available to help students and

families at the library to pick a topic, start research or prepare the display board. For more information, visit www.gailborden.info

ECC groundbreaking: On March 11, Elgin Community College will break ground on two more projects - the Health Careers Center and the Academic Library - funded by the $178 million referendum narrowly approved by voters last April.

Both groundbreaking events will take place under a tent located near Varrack Court and Second Street on the ECC Main Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive. The ceremony for the Health Careers Center begins at 11 a.m. and the ceremony for the Academic Library and Learning Center begins at 1 p.m.

According to a college news release, both buildings are expected to be completed by summer 2012. The new 130,000-square-foot Health Careers Center will offer 29 new classrooms and laboratories, state-of-the-art training facilities, and space to accommodate new programs. The new 57,000-square-foot Academic Library and Learning Center will replace the existing library, which was built in 1970 and is the smallest community college library in the Chicago metropolitan area. Cost of various portions of the project were downgraded in late January. The health careers center, originally expected to cost $60 million, will now cost $47.6 million, according to the board of trustees' Jan. 26 meeting packet. The new academic library, originally slated at $26 million, will cost $17.6 million.