Monday, November 19, 2012
"The kids are so awesome to me. They talk to me in sign language, we laugh and have fun," said Clearwater's Tom Cooney, 77.
Tom Cooney has been visiting Largo's Osceola Middle School for 25 years now, and he couldn't be happier about it. The 77-year-old is pretty much considered a legend at the school. Throughout the quarter of a century that he's been there, he's made quite a connection with students and staff. It's safe to say they adore him. For the past 25 years, the Clearwater resident has participated in the Great American Teach-In. He does not arrive at the school in a uniform or bring any tools of a particular trade, because he's there to explain to kids what it's like to be deaf. Every year, he visits teacher Brenda Dannewitz's classes. "I admire his ability to be able to talk about his life and share anything," said Dannewitz. "The kids ask him lots …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Clearwater Patch highlights interaction with our readers. Today, it's a reader comment on a story about a local tattoo artist banned from the Great American Teach-In.
Thanks to Patch reader Colin Maddy, who posted this comment on a story about a local tattoo artist who was banned from speaking at the Great American Teach-In event at his daughter's middle school: "FEAR. Fear of change, fear of opinions, fear of what is not understood. Ha, This is totally fear in control. Ignorant cowards" Do you agree or disagree? Clearwater Patch is an interactive community site, and we want you to get involved! Post a comment at the bottom of any story. Upload your photos to our Pics & Clips gallery. Post an Announcement to share your news, or add an Event to our calendar. Post a blog in our Local Voices section to let everyone know about your group, your expertise or your opinion.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Tattoo artist Walter Smith was told he isn't welcome at the event at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School, where he has spoken the last two years and where his daughter is a student, according to ABC Action News.
A Clearwater tattoo artist has been told he isn't welcome at a Clearwater middle school's Great American Teach-in event because some parents say he is "promoting an alternative lifestyle," ABC Action News reports. Walter Smith has attended the event for the past two years at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School, where his daughter is a student, according to ABC's story. The school's principal, who admits to having tattoos and piercings himself, ABC reports, emailed Smith last month to say "his decision is not 'personal' but 'politically correct,' " according to the story. Smith told the news station he tries to discourage students from getting tattoos or piercings before they turn 18 and teaches them about safe tattooing and piercing …