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BY: Rikki Cason | December 16, 2012

It was a night of student recognitions at the Lockport City School District Board of Education meeting Wednesday.
A group of students and teacher Mike Lieber were recognized for their work in the First Lego League.
The district has three teams — Robot Rockers at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School and the Loc Blocks and System Upgrade from North Park Junior High School.
Similar to the robotics team at the high school level, teams of up to 10 students create a Lego robot, trying to score points in a game, and they identify a problem and develop a solution for it.
This year’s theme Senior Solutions was geared toward the senior community. Members of the Robot Rockers spoke to the senior community, asking what real-life problems were for them. They then created a solution.
The three teams competed at the Finger Lakes Qualifier Nov. 17.
System Upgrade won the Southern Tier Lego Cup and the Overall Robot Performance Award.
Robot Rockers also won the Project Award and qualified for the Finger Lakes Regional Championship.
At the regional competition Dec. 9, the two teams had scores in the top 30 percent of ranks.
• Athletic Director Patrick Burke and members of the student athlete advisory committee were recognized for the community service projects athletes do during the school year.
For the past eight years Lockport athletes have collected can food for their Athletes Against Hunger drive. This year more than 40,000 cans were collected and given to area food banks.
This is also the fifth year that athletes are collecting toys for Toys For Tots. Last year they collected 110 toys that were given to St. John’s Outreach.
Many of the individual sports teams also do their own community service projects including a challenger league clinic and a “pink” game and swim meet.
• With the recent announcement that Lockport has once again received the iPad project award for their work with iPads in the district, a iMovie was presented to the board highlight Roy B. Kelley’s work with
Lockport is one of only 42 districts nationwide, which were selected by Apple to have their award renewed for the 2012-2013 school year.
RBK has a class of kindergarten through third-grade students that use the iPads for school work, reading, art, spelling and other projects.

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