class at Walker Upper
Elementary School in
learned the true power
of a Bonnie this year at
Walker's "Dream Big
and Make it Happen"
college and career night.
mination of a six-week
research project under-
taken as part of Walker's
initiative as an AVID (Ad-
vancement Via Individ-
catch Bonnie Fever
is an organization dedicated to
closing the achievement gap by
preparing all students for col-
lege and post-secondary op-
portunities, and this project
worked toward this goal by
asking each class to choose a
college or university to re-
search and then decorate
their classroom door with in-
formation about it to be pre-
sented at the event.
our backyard. I encouraged them to look beyond
Virginia, however, and introduced them to SBU,"
said Herman. "They saw my passion for the
school and it sparked their interest."
fices requesting brochures and information about
St. Bonaventure as well as any gear that they
could wear to show their spirit on the night of
search from the university, but they were eager to
go above and beyond. They ended up decorating
the entire classroom, door, and adjacent hall-
ways," Herman recalled with pride.
well as flags, banners, T-shirts and sunglasses. With all of
this at their disposal, it's no surprise that Herman's ambi-
tious students went all out for the night of the event.
classroom for two hours," said Herman. "They gave many
families, students, and staff a tour of St. Bonaventure Uni-
versity inside and outside of my classroom and proudly told
them all about my amazing alma mater."
for Herman was seeing her students, some of whom had
never even considered attending college after high school,
write in their thank-you notes to the Bonaventure commu-
nity: "I hope to be a Bonnie one day!"
Lauren Reidy Scheib, '82,
were brought together in
Beijing, China, by
Scheib, a veteran journal-
ist from Rochester, N.Y.,
who is an editor with
China Daily online
posted an update about
her position in the
jing" would be welcome to look her up. Ruisi, also a vet-
eran journalist and now chief operating officer of an
international trade association (www.testpublishers.org),
was planning her third annual trip to Beijing, so she took
Scheib up on her offer! "We had an excellent night out in
Beijing," said Scheib. "Anne can order up Chinese food like
a native and she was polite enough to overlook my inept
cember 2014 to show "her school" to her Jamestown elemen-
tary school students. The third-graders toured "La Ofrenda: Day
of the Dead" exhibition at the Quick Arts Center and partici-
pated in hands-on cultural activities at the center and Friedsam
Library. The students from Samuel G. Love Elementary School
were among hundreds of area students who visited the exhibi-
tion during the fall semester.