Tags: education • Elections • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Students, parents and teachers walked out of Buena Vista Horace Mann school Wednesday morning to publicly declare their support for undocumented immigrants, women, and other targets of disparaging remarks made by president-elect Donald Trump. Some 200 people of all ages streamed onto the sidewalk of Valencia Street, carrying signs made by the children with messages of solidarity, chanting “build kindness, not walls” and “We are not afraid.”Drivers passing by honked their support with deafening frequency, and one group of taxi passengers hung their phones out the windows to take photos and waved as they passed the march. Several students were draped in Mexican, Colombian and other Latin American flags. The intent, said teachers, students, and parents, was to unite in the face of fear that has taken hold of many of the students and their parents after a candidate who promised to deport millions of undocumented Americans was elected. 0% “We talked about, how are we nice to each other, what does being in a community mean?” said kindergarten teacher Debby Rosenthal. “Parents are worried about being deported, and the fear trickles down.”One 13-year-old boy, who didn’t want to give his name, held a sign declaring “Undocumented students: In our classroom, there are no walls.” “Students shouldn’t be scared,” he said. “Everyone should fight against fear, we all should be united. Because this is the United States.”Teachers, parents and students from Fairmount Elementary School joined the march as well. A literacy coach at the school said it, like Buena Vista, is a Spanish immersion school, and educators fear that practice may be threatened.Students and teachers walked out of Buena Vista Horace Mann School and Fairmount Elementary School Wednesday morning and marched through the Mission. Photo by Laura Wenus“The future of that is uncertain,” said Monica Einudi, the literacy coach. Students and their parents are afraid they will be separated from their families or have to leave altogether, she added. The school has facilitated community circles for students to process their feelings, as well as a “peace wall” where students can share messages.“Our kids immediately heard that it’s impacting their parents, and if not their parents, maybe their aunts or uncles,” she said. “The onus is on teachers to do a lot of explaining about what happened.”Rosa, a 9-year-old student at Fairmount, held a sign saying “hate is nothing to be proud of” on one side and “don’t deport my friends” on the other. She estimated she has some 10 friends with immigrant families, including some from Mexico and others from the Philippines. “[Trump] is racist and rude to different races,” she said. “Donald Trump is hateful. If you think you’re cool when you’re being hateful, it’s not.”Haven, Hannah, and Katya, all 9-year-old Fairmount students, chimed in with their own reasons for joining the march – to reassure their friends that nobody should be afraid, to speak against mass deportation, to affirm that everyone, no matter how they look, has rights.“We’re fighting for peace, we don’t want anyone to be afraid,” they said. Angelica Hernandez, whose 6-year-old daughter attends Buena Vista Horace Mann and walked along side her in the march, said several of her family members are undocumented. “This march is to support, to show that we’re all together, so that they don’t feel fear and they feel part of a community that’s united,” she said. “The parents feel like the school is actively supporting them.”Two other parents, Claudia Juares and Mineldia Sanchez, agreed, saying they can go to the school for help with anything and feel very supported.“We are here, and we’re not afraid,” said Juares.“We marched for the future of our children, to ensure that they’re not afraid in anything that they go on to do,” added Sanchez.Buena Vista Horace Mann principal Richard Zapien said the march was a “community outpouring” planned and co-created by students, staff and families.“The intent is to speak love and community, and demonstrate to the families that we’re not afraid of rhetoric,” said Zapien. “We do not espouse hatred, we protect and defend students and families…we listen to them and give them voice.”A police officer gives high-fives to students returning to Buena Vista Horace Mann school after a march around the Mission. Photo by Laura Wenus
SAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup Fourth Round match at Hull KR.As expected Ade Gardner and Tony Puletua return the line-up.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 22. Carl Forster, 23. Nathan Ashe, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 30. Mark Percival, 36. Stuart Howarth.Craig Sandercock will choose from:1. Greg Eden, 2. Craig Hall, 3. Kris Welham, 5. David Hodgson, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Michael Dobson, 9. Josh Hodgson, 11. Constantine Mika, 12. Cory Paterson, 13. Rhys Lovegrove, 16. Adam Walker, 18. Liam Salter, 19. Omari Caro, 20. Jordan Cox, 21. Keal Carlile, 22. Richard Beaumont, 23. Mickey Paea, 24. James Green, 25. George Griffin.The game kicks off at 2.30pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:Saturday’s game will be the fourth time in eight seasons the sides have met in the Challenge Cup.Hull KR are seeking their first win in the competition against the Saints since 1985.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2011 (Quarter Final) St Helens 54 Hull KR 62008 (Quarter Final) Hull KR 18 St Helens 242006 (Semi-Final) Hull KR 0 St Helens 50 (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)1985 (Round 1) St Helens 3 Hull KR 81981 (Semi-Final) Hull KR 22 St Helens 5 (at Headingley, Leeds)1966 (Quarter Final) St Helens 12 Hull KR 101902 (Round 1) Hull KR 7 St Helens 02013 Meeting:Hull KR 22 St Helens 14 (SLR11, 7/4/13)
SAINTS host Hull FC on Monday in the first leg of the Steve Prescott Cup.Keiron Cunningham’s side hold the trophy after securing an aggregate win in its inaugural season last year.It was set up in honour of the former Saints and Hull FC great who sadly passed away in 2013.Steve’s children will once again lead the teams out on to the pitch ahead of the 3pm kick-off whilst there will be other tributes to his life.The Cup is about looking forward too and the Steve Prescott Foundation have penned a wonderful article in the matchday programme on not only the last 12 months but also what lies ahead.Tickets for the game are on sale from the Ticket Office or by calling 01744 455 052. They are also available online and there will be cash turnstiles on the day.
KEIRON Cunningham was once again pleased with his side’s performance as they backed up their win over Warrington with an impressive nine-try haul over Hull KR.“I said the same last week, it was all about the performance and two weeks in a row we got one,” he said. “We had a good start and for 30 minutes we were untouchable.“Our halves controlled the game lovely and it was definitely one of Luke Walsh’s best games since he pulled on a saints shirt. I thought he had been building to something really nice over the last two previous weeks. We have been showing him footage, showing him he is going well but he is his own worst critic.“Tonight should convince himself he is back to his best.“We made him captain and he stood up and was counted. We asked him in the week if he would do it and he said it would be a privilege. He led the team wonderfully from the start. Travis Burns was brilliant too and if we keep him, Quinlan and Walsh together we can only get better.”He continued: “I certainly have a headache next week but a good one. I thought Luke Thompson was phenomenal. He has been carrying a knee injury but showed why he played in a Grand Final last year. He is a super talent.“Atelea (Vea) came back and played 63 minutes after 16 weeks out. It’s good to have these headaches and at least we aren’t reaching into the kids again.”Tickets for next Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium remain on sale from the club.You can get yours in the Ticket Office, by calling 01755 455052 or online here.
SAINTS have dominated Castleford at home over recent years.The Tigers are seeking their first summer era away win in St Helens on Friday night and first victory in 27 games overall.In the 15 visits they made to Knowsley Road between 1996 and 2010, they were defeated on 14 occasions.In fact, their last win at St Helens was 12-8 in the third round of the Regal Trophy on December 19 1992, with their last league success coming in 1990.Super League Summary: St Helens won 35 (includes wins in 1999 and 2014 play-offs)Castleford won 51 drawHighs and LowsSt Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997) Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Tommy Makinson – 4 points away from 500 (496 for St Helens, 2011-2016)Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 16 games.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 63 Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 54 Jamie Shaul (Hull FC) 4(10 players tied on 3)Goals:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 182 = Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 144 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 135 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 11Goals Percentage:1 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 93.33 (14/15)2 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 81.25 (13/16)3 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 80.00 (8/10)4 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 73.33 (11/15)5 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 72.72 (8/11)Points:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 442 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 323 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 284 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 275 = Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons), Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 24
KEIRON Cunningham talks about the win at Castleford and praises the fans in the new edition of the Saints In Touch Podcast.He also previews the start of our Ladbrokes Challenge Cup journey.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, (WWAY) — Special Olympic athletes from multiple counties came together today to prepare for the upcoming state games.Athletes from Brunswick and Onslow counties joined New Hanover County athletes for an invitational tournament.- Advertisement – This is to prepare all of the athletes for the state games coming up the first weekend in November.Events include bocce, tennis, soccer and basketball.One coach said she is excited to see all the players at the state games.Related Article: Special Olympics of New Hanover County plunges into Kure Beach to raise money“I cant wait. We’re currently my soccer team we’ve had the last 2 or 3 years taken home gold, so I’d like to continue that streak, but it’s ultimately about having fun. I tell my athletes if you’re not having fun then we’re doing something wrong and I need to know about it, but if we can take home the gold that’s pretty cool too,” coach Kera Koenig said.If you are interested in being a coach or volunteering, click here.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Just in time for Christmas, State School Superintendent Mark Johnson visited a New Hanover County school Thursday and brought along a special guest to hand out books.Johnson also shared some big news for North Carolina schools. Mark Johnson made the announcement at College Road Early Childhood Center.- Advertisement – The program Florence Aid for Students and Teachers, or FAST NC, will get a donation for more than $500,000.“It is time for education leaders to put aside their differences and do what needs to be done for the recovery. For this long road to recovery in southeastern North Carolina,” said State School Superintendent Mark Johnson.That is the goal of FAST NC. Johnson worked with former Superintendent Mike Ward to start the initiative.Related Article: Red Cross hopes to close last 2 Florence shelters Friday“Where we can help close the gap are some of the things that the principals and superintendents can come to us in communities and schools and say, ‘We’ve got the books we’ve got the supplies. Thank you. Our kindergarten teachers need to replace their instructional mats,’” said Johnson.Johnson visited CRECC in Wilmington Thursday. He shared that Google will donate $500,000 and PNC Bank will donate $100,000, all to FAST NC.School Principal Rachel Greer says this gives them hope.“When they see the support we are getting, it just energizes them. This comes at a wonderful time of the year when we are focused on giving,” said Principal Rachel Greer.During the visit, a special guest joined Johnson. Santa Claus helped him pass out brand new books to every child.Johnson says Thursday’s trip was about making schools stronger for the long term.“We ask students and teachers for 21st century results,” Johnson said. “It requires the 21st century tools as well.”Johnson says FAST NC will help get these tools back in the classrooms.Johnson says with the help of these donations, FAST NC has raised almost $1 million for Florence relief. Some of this money can go to towards buying things like books, pencils and technology.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Day three of the 9th Congressional District hearing has wrapped up. Mark Harris’ son was the final one to take the stand Wednesday.John Harris had quite a lot to say in his testimony. He shed a lot on what was going on behind the scenes of his father’s campaign.- Advertisement – While he said he did not have much to do with the campaign itself, he had his suspicions about McCrae Dowless.“I’ve heard about this McCrae guy,” said John Harris. “It seems to me like he could be kind of a shady character. Are you sure that everything that he’s saying he’s going to do, that he’s going to actually do?”John Harris recalls a conversation he had when he found out that Dowless would be part of his father’s campaign. He made it clear in his testimony Wednesday that he had reservations about Dowless ever since the 9th District Congressional race in 2016.Related Article: North Carolina Democrats see opportunity in do-over election“My understanding of the way McCrae was going to be paid was differently from everything that has been discussed,” said John Harris.He called Dowless shady. John Harris says he had no idea that Dowless was operating an illegal absentee ballot scheme.John Harris eventually said he came to find out that he was unfortunately right about all those concerns in 2016. He said he had been suspicious since someone on his father’s campaign in 2016 indicated that there may have been ballot scheming.“He told me that someone in his campaign staff, or someone there on election night, indicated that there was someone down in Bladen County who was focused on absentee ballots for Mr. Johnson, and that’s why these results seemed to be so off,” said John Harris.After hours of testimony, John Harris said he loves his mother and father, but he would have done things differently throughout the campaign.Mark Harris will take the stand Thursday morning.
Where vessel operator instruction was known, 81 percent of recreational boating deaths happened with an operator who had no boating operator instruction. “If there is one thing the cases over this weekend underlined, it’s the necessity of getting your vessel safety examination done before you take your boat out on the water,” said Michelle Thornton, commodore of the Coast Guard’s 5th District Southern Auxiliary Region. “Vessel examinations can help identify issues that could become a problem in the future, so you can correct them before they put you in a potentially life-threatening situation.”From the 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics: PORTSMOUTH, VA (WWAY) — Boaters and swimmers took to the water this Memorial Day weekend, and as the summer boating season kicked into gear, Coast Guard units from New Jersey to North Carolina responded to many maritime emergencies.On May 25, 26 and 27, units across the Mid-Atlantic conducted 49 search and rescue cases, saved 64 lives and $738,050 in property.- Advertisement – Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 19 percent of all recreational boating fatalities. Where cause of death was known, 76 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drownings with reported life jacket usage, 84.5 percent of those victims were not wearing life jackets.