Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

On Feb. 16, 2018, Asian communities worldwide will welcome the Year of the Dog.

Based on the lunar calendar, the Lunar New Year celebration, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, falls on a different date each year, normally between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. Lasting for 15 days, it’s a time to gather with family and wish each other happiness and prosperity.

In Springfield, Missouri State University will host a lineup of events on campus Feb. 17-24 to mark the holiday. 

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Celebrations of black Americans’ culture, history and accomplishments are underway at Missouri State University.

Black History Month, traditionally celebrated during the month of February in the U.S., started with a Black History Month Kickoff event on Feb. 1 at Missouri State University.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director for MSU Multicultural Programs, said Black History month is focused on learning about and appreciating the contributions of African Americans that we may not have learned about in school.

Michele Skalicky

The Springfield Public School District is recommending merging Campbell Elementary with McGregor Elementary starting with the 2018-2019 school year.  

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The Dental Hygiene program at Ozarks Technical Community College is the recipient of .the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award, presented by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation.

The program’s director, Rebecca Caceres, said only 10 percent of colleges nationwide were invited to apply.

"So, it's an outstanding recognition for not only the program but OTC," Caceres said.

Throughout history, the culture and contributions of African Americans have, too often, been neglected or overlooked. That’s why Black History Month, which takes place in the United States each year in February, is an important observance.

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