This past summer, the Upper Arlington community welcomed a terrific educational opportunity, the Camp Invention program, into Tremont Elementary.

This past summer, the Upper Arlington community welcomed a terrific educational opportunity, the Camp Invention program, into Tremont Elementary.

At Camp Invention, children in first through sixth grade were exposed to a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that I am sure will prepare them for a lifetime of learning. The program focuses on science, math, technology and the arts, but it does so much more. It challenges children to think creatively about problems and challenges; to be leaders; to be entrepreneurs.

Camp Invention is a program of Invent Now Kids, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. Our mission is to create and foster curiosity in science and channel that curiosity into creative problem solving through open-ended discovery. Whether learning and playing inside or out, the lessons taught during the Camp Invention program will impact these participants for years to come.

I look forward to bringing Camp Invention back to the children of the community next year as we implement brand new curriculum and along with it, another great learning opportunity. As we hear more about the approaching tough economic times, I cannot think of a better investment than that in children. They will be the future leaders and inventors of this world, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to foster that passion.

Thank you again to the community, local families, and especially the children who attended the Camp Invention program. I look forward to working with you again very soon.

A key priority for Upper Arlington City Schools is the safety of our students and staff. We take many actions to try to keep our students and staff as safe as possible in our buildings and on our grounds. As a district, and as a society, we worry about and work to mitigate dangers from storms, bullying, fires and many other threats. However, I am convinced that the primary threat to our students occurs just moments before they arrive at our schools and moments after they leave them.

Our crosswalks, bus stops and student drop-off zones are key areas of potential danger, as illustrated by the death of the crossing guard in Hilliard last year and the serious injury to the young student she died protecting. Unfortunately, these are often the areas where we as a school staff have the least amount of control over the actions of others. Therefore, these are the areas where we are most in need of assistance from our parents and the public in general. It is vital that all drivers in and around our schools adhere to posted speed limits and crossing signs and, perhaps most important, exercise patience, consideration and common sense. It is also important that all parents and students cross only at crosswalks.

On behalf of the school district and our students, I appeal to our community members and parents to be much more conscious of their actions when driving and walking in our school zones and when dropping off or picking up students. We will be adding signage to many of our crossings in the next few weeks, but all of the signage in the world cannot do as much good as a combined and concerted effort on all of our parts to keep our school zones safe.