World Handwriting Contest Winner

Highlands Latin School second grader Grazia Ferraro has been awarded a first place distinction in the World Handwriting Contest. Hosted by Handwriting for Humanity, the contest consists of three categories: Cursive, Manuscript and Artistic. Grazia’s submission won a first place award in cursive writing for her age group.  
Throughout the first grade, Grazia spent regular time in school and at home mastering manuscript and cursive. Though cursive is traditionally taught in the third grade, Highlands Latin’s curriculum begins cursive instruction two years earlier. Admissions Director Mary Lynn Ross states, “Teaching cursive at an early age allows the children to become fluent so cursive is useful when their daily work dramatically increases in third grade.”
Grazia says she enjoys her time at HLS and that math and art are two of her favorite subjects. When asked how she felt upon receiving the award, Grazia replied, “I was excited and proud that I had done well.”
Highlands Latin School serves over 500 students in PreK-12th grade at campuses in Middletown and Crescent Hill. For more information, visit or call (502) 895-5333. 

First Olmsted Parks Photography Contest
The next time you visit one of our many Frederick Law Olmsted Parks, don’t forget to bring a camera! Omlsted Parks is offering their first ever photography contest, and is seeking striking, calendar-quality, digital photographs of any of the 18 Frederick Law Olmsted parks or six parkways in Louisville. Winners will be featured in a 2013 calendar.
Parks include Algonquin, Baxter Square, Bingham, Boone Square, Central, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Churchill, Elliott Square, Iroquois, Seneca, Shawnee, Shelby, Stansbury, Tyler Park, Victory, Wayside and Willow. Parkways include Algonquin, Northwestern, Cherokee, Southern, Eastern and Southwestern.
Each photographer may enter up to five photographs. Submissions are welcome through June 1, 2012. The contest is sponsored by Murphy’s Camera. For entry details, visit

Margaret’s Consignment Collecting Needed Items for Hosparus
Margaret’s Consignment & Collectibles, 2700 Frankfort Avenue, is now a designated drop-off location for Hosparus of Louisville donations. Requested items include new navy blue and black towels, new or gently used music CDs and movie DVDs, and new sippy cups. The donated items will be used to provide comfort and support for patients and their families in the Inpatient Care Center. Donations will be accepted at Margaret’s during normal business hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Anyone who donates will receive a 10 percent discount on one item at Margaret’s the day of their donation. For more information, contact Margaret Browning at (502) 896-4706, or Bob Mueller at Hosparus, (502) 719-8921.

Mayor Seeks Volunteers for October
You can help Mayor Greg Fischer create a more compassionate Louisville by rolling up your sleeves and volunteering during the first “Give A Day” week of community service projects, October 17-23. Dozens of non-profit agencies, churches and other organizations need your help, whether you wield a paint brush, help serve meals to kids or the elderly, or sort clothing for needy families.
“We want Louisville to be known as the most caring city, where neighbors help neighbors and people look after each other,” says Fischer, who lives in the Highlands-Douglass neighborhood. 
Individuals, companies and groups can volunteer online at Agencies and organizations that need volunteers should also use that link. 
Metro United Way’s Volunteer Connection is helping organize the volunteer service events. The growing list of organizations that need volunteers includes The Center for Women and Families, Dare to Care, Boy Scouts, House of Ruth, Kling Center, Catholic Charities, Brightside, Home of the Innocents, Family Scholar House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Jewish Family and Career Services, American Cancer Society and Father Maloney’s Boys and Girls Haven.
Another Give A Day week of service is planned for April 15-22. For more information about the October week of service, contact Kelly Garvey, Metro United Way’s Director of Engagement Initiatives, at (502) 292-6153 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Brenda Frank, Special Assistant to Mayor Fischer, at (402) 574-2018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .