Foundation Sets Family Fun Day November 9, 2018
Warwick Education Foundation's Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Warwick Middle School, 401 Maple St., Lititz. Youths, families, and the community are invited, and entrance to the event is free.
Family Fun Day will feature carnival games, a 60-foot-long inflatable obstacle course and bounces, and inflatable basketball and soccer games. Magician, balloon artist, and disc jockey Cody Landis will provide entertainment throughout the day.
The Parent Teacher Organization from each Warwick elementary school will host free carnival games for all to play. There will also be free miniature golf, and Warwick High School students from the National Art Honor Society will paint faces. In addition, students from the Warwick High School National Honor Society and the Interact Club will volunteer.
An all-day mechanical bull riding competition has been scheduled. Every ride will be customized by a trained operator to ensure safety based on the age and experience level of the rider. Parental consent forms will be available on-site for those under age 18.
Back by popular demand will be the cornhole tournament for two age groups, with the competition open to people from third-graders to adults. Registration to participate in the cornhole tournament will take place on-site, and prizes will be awarded for winners in each age group.
Fees have been set for the inflatable bounces and obstacle course and for the mechanical bull, with an unlimited-ride option also available.
Event proceeds will be used by the Warwick Education Foundation to enrich education for Warwick students with new and innovative learning opportunities. The foundation seeks to engage, enrich, and empower all children in the Warwick School District with learning opportunities over and above those available through traditional sources of school revenue. Since its inception in 1997, WEF has provided more than $1.7 million to enrich student education. To learn more, readers may visit www.WarwickEF.org.
Foundation Funds Grants November 9, 2018
The Columbia Education Foundation recently presented a check for more than $28,384 to the Columbia Borough School District to fund mini and collaborative grants. The Students of the Month for October helped the foundation present the check.
Grants enable teachers and administrators to secure educational materials beyond the school district's budget to enhance and promote innovative learning in the classroom. The foundation raises funds through the tax incentive program from local businesses, from donations and from proceeds of the foundation's annual golf tournament. The foundation has contributed a total of nearly $300,000 in grants and scholarships to the district.
The 2018-19 grants submitted by teachers paid for computers; electronic tablets; classroom libraries; workbooks; math programs; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects; atlases; and e-books. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade benefited from grants.
Scholarships are awarded to graduates and alumni from a fund supported through an annual roast and endowments from several individuals. To date, more than 20 scholarships have been awarded.
The Columbia Education Foundation will take part in the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16. On that date, donors may give by visiting www.extragive.org.
High School Receives Grant November 9, 2018
Solanco High School has been awarded a $480 Drug and Alcohol Education Grant from the DUI Council of Lancaster County. The grant will be used to support the high school's Towards No Drugs (TND) program.
The drug abuse prevention program was developed at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. For more information on its implementation at Solanco High School, readers may email assistant principal Scott Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation Awards Grants November 8, 2018
More than $100,000 in academic resources and programs are coming to students in Conestoga Valley School District (CVSD) thanks to the Conestoga Valley Education Foundation (CVEF). CVEF is a registered nonprofit organization committed to enhancing CVSD schools by funding innovative programs and classroom strategies. Since its inception, CVEF has provided more than $1 million in grants to teachers, administrators, and students. Grant awards are announced in the fall and spring.
In the fall 2018 cycle, projects receiving CVEF grant awards include funds for ball chairs and a Lego set for an elementary classroom; Field Trip Zoom Zone to enable students to experience live-streamed field trip experiences; lighted gloves for CV chorus students to help accentuate songs being performed in American Sign Language; yoga therapy for children with special needs; the creation of a makerspace at each library in CV's four elementary schools; STEM Camp for teachers; flexible seating options for a first-grade classroom at Fritz Elementary; technology for teachers to actively listen and communicate with students both directly and indirectly while they work in small groups; Fritz Elementary's partnership with a certified dietician to help teach parents and students about healthy eating; and an assembly where students may learn the concept and importance of "I" statements while reinforcing current school culture initiatives.
Projects also include the Odyssey of the Mind Program for entry to state and world Odyssey of the Mind competitions; Rock On, a commissioned arrangement of a song including an audience sing-along; funds for the transportation expenses of a dinosaur fossil donated to CV by a distinguished alumnus; specialized gaming computers for CVHS's eSports Team; immersive technology for lab and field experiences in science; an advanced drone for aviation courses at the high school; environmentally conscious stream study equipment; a whole-class audio system designed to increase on-task behavior while ensuring teacher instruction and direction is delivered to all students; and The Martian Colonization Project that helps support an interdisciplinary STEM problem-based learning experience based on a novel read by all the students.
For more information about CVEF, readers may visit www.conestogavalleyef.org. Readers may also contact Dr. Gerald G. Huesken at 717-399-1550 or email@example.com.
Thanksgiving Food Drive Announced November 8, 2018
The Giving Thanks Project is currently underway, with Solanco School District schools, the Solanco Neighborhood Ministries food bank, and Buck Company Inc. working together on the annual project, which supports the community over the Thanksgiving holiday. Food items are being collected and will be assembled into Thanksgiving meal boxes, which will be distributed to families in need in the Solanco School District.
Local residents are encouraged to make donations of fresh potatoes in five-pound bags, chicken and/or beef bouillon cubes, turkey gravy, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned green beans, brown-and-serve rolls, and apple pie filling.
Food items may be dropped off at any Solanco school or the district's administration office at 121 S. Hess St., Quarryville. Community members may also give monetary contributions, which will be used to purchase turkeys.
For more information about the project and donating via check or to request a meal box, readers may email Avery Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHS To Present "ShakeSPLOSION!!!" November 8, 2018
Students in the Columbia Borough School District theater department believe that William Shakespeare aficionados and amateurs alike will find something to laugh about and appreciate in their upcoming fall play. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, the students will present Andrew Geha's "ShakeSPLOSION!!!" in the auditorium at Columbia High School (CHS), 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia.
Director Ja'net Wood explained that "ShakeSPLOSION!!!" is a youth play that distills Shakespeare's entire canon of writing into 85 minutes of nonstop comedy interspersed with sword fights, intrigue, and plots gone tragically awry. The 16 cast members will play more than 120 named characters. Wood described the show as "Shakespeare directed by Mel Brooks and performed by Monty Python."
Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17. A 2 p.m. matinee showing is also scheduled for Nov. 17. All seating is general admission, and tickets may be purchased at the door. Separate prices have been set for adults and for students and senior citizens.
Senior Quentin Brubaker, who will portray Hamlet along with numerous other characters, said that he was thrilled about the show selection from the get-go. "Being able to see everybody as a main character is the best thing," Quentin shared. "And sword fighting and all of the fights are fun."
Fellow senior Grace Misciagna, who will be making her debut appearance on the CHS stage as Lady Macbeth and in several other roles, also described the show as inclusive. "I love Shakespeare, so I was really happy to do this," added Grace. "It's very funny and fast-paced, and there are no breaks."
As the narrator of the show, senior Elizabeth Cranford said that the quirky comments and jokes throughout the show are her favorite part of "ShakeSPLOSION!!!" Having a smaller cast has helped to foster a sense of closeness among the students, and Elizabeth compared the cast to a family that is always there for each other. Backstage crew member and senior Julissa Santos said that the cast has improved a lot throughout rehearsals. "It's coming together really well," praised Julissa.
"One of our strengths is how enthusiastic we are. We get really into it," added Quentin.
Additional cast members, who are in sixth through 12th grades, include Juliana Anderson, Tristan Anderson, Cameron Giberson, Julia Jones, Georgetta Kaufhold, Derick Kinser, Deja Lemmarre, Alayna Morales, Izzy Ramos, Isaiah Spencer, Doug Supman, Dominic Swartzwelder, and Morgan Willliams. Parent volunteer Dave Kinser, who has actively served the theater department for the past eight years and currently serves as set director, will also make an appearance in the show. Wood said the role that Kinser will take on was originally written into the show by Geha to include a staff member who was retiring.
To learn more, readers may search for "CHS Theatre Boosters Event & Info Page" on Facebook.
American Legion Riders Establish Scholarship November 7, 2018
The Glen Rock American Legion Riders recently established the Glen Rock American Legion Riders Memorial Scholarship. At the Sept. 20 Southern York County School District school board meeting, members of the Glen Rock American Legion Riders presented a check for more than $5,161 for the scholarship fund.
This scholarship will assist a graduating Susquehannock High School senior who is a child of a service member killed while on active duty, a child of an active-duty service member, or a child of a veteran. The club's goal is to raise $10,000 to permanently endow the scholarship.
Seniors Of The Month Recognized November 2, 2018
Tyler Flick and Maura Burrell have been selected as November's Seniors of the Month at Manheim Central High School. The Manheim Women's Club sponsors the Girls of the Month and honors them at a dinner meeting at the end of the year. The Boys of the Month are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Manheim. Both students are invited to a luncheon at Pleasant View Town Square North held in Stiegel Dining Room the month they were chosen. Seniors of the Month are chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character, and involvement within the school and community.
Tyler, 17, is the son of Steve and Katie Flick of Manheim. Tyler has participated in school activities such as Project Purple and the stock market investing club, and he has been involved with football and track. He has coached flag football and helped with the setup of the Manheim Central MCFEE auction. Tyler plans to attend college after graduation.
Maura, 17, is the daughter of Susan Haugh of Lititz. Maura is involved in Science Olympiad, concert band, science club, Spanish club, and marching band, where she is a section leader. She was named to the LLMEA County Band in 2017 and 2018 and lettered in track and field. She is a member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society for history, National English Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for math. She was named Student of the Month for September 2017 and is the 2018 Rotary Club winner of the Family Values Award. Maura has volunteered as a tour guide at Wheatland and within Gretna Music. She plans to major in history and minor in a social science and get her doctorate in history or go to law school.
Campaigns To Support Students' Families November 2, 2018
GoFundMe campaigns have been established for the families of two Warwick students who were involved in a car accident on Oct. 26.
Information about the campaign for the family of Rylan Beebe, who was injured in the accident, is available at www.gofundme.com/rylan-beebe. Information about the campaign for the family of Jack Nicholson, who passed away in the hospital after the accident, is available at www.gofundme.com/jack-nicholsonhospital-funds.
Hempfield Foundation Announces Grants November 2, 2018
For the 2018-19 school year, the Hempfield Foundation awarded more than $45,000 in grants to teaching staff across the Hempfield School District. These grants, the most awarded by the foundation in any one school year, will fund innovative and creative projects benefiting students in each of the district's 10 schools plus the Landisville Education Center. Some of the grant projects include STEM stations, the Global Read Aloud, precision stylus writing, One School One Book efforts, artist-in-residence programs, and library makerspaces in each of the seven elementary libraries.
Teaching staff members were asked to submit grant proposals by June 30, 2018. All of the applications were reviewed by the Hempfield Foundation Executive Committee as well as the Hempfield School District superintendent and assistant superintendent. Of the 36 applications received, 26 were approved for funding.
The Hempfield Foundation grants were made possible through three funding sources: Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donations from local businesses designating the Hempfield Foundation as recipient, donations through the annual Extraordinary Give event, and a donation from alumna Barbara Hackman Franklin in recognition of her father, a former Hempfield administrator. This year's Extraordinary Give will take place on Friday, Nov. 16.
The Hempfield Foundation is seeking to further its mission through the hiring of a part-time executive director, which will be the first-ever paid position in the history of the foundation, founded in 1993. A volunteer board of Hempfield residents currently oversees operations, raises and allocates funds, and invests capital to grow over time as a perpetual endowment for the community. The application period for the executive director is open through Nov. 16. More information about the foundation is available at www.hempfieldfoundation.org.
Fruit Sale Will Benefit Solanco FFA November 1, 2018
Orders are now being accepted for the Solanco FFA citrus sale, including navel oranges, grapefruit, clementines, and apples. Bread, pastries, and locally made cheese are also available.
Orders are due by Monday, Nov. 12. To order, readers may contact FFA adviser Kelly Lichtley at 717-786-2151, ext. 8752, or email@example.com. Orders will be delivered to the ag shop at Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville, on Thursday, Dec. 13. Payment will be due at the time of pickup. Checks should be made payable to FFA.
More information on the fruit and bread sale, including fruit items, sizes, and costs and bread and pastry information, is available at www.solanco.k12.pa.us/?p=33869.
Feifer Receives Award For Writing Program October 26, 2018
Landisville Middle School English language arts teacher Scott Feifer has been recognized with an award for his Writing Circles program by the Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs (JDCAP) Association. The program had been nominated for JDCAP's Ongoing Program of the Year Award in Pennsylvania.
Feifer has been volunteering his services at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center for 15 years and spends an estimated three to six hours each week at the intervention facility offering his programs to residents in both detention and shelter, making sure he gets to meet with each on-level group.
According to Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center program director Bryan Hubbard, Feifer is known for his ability to bring out the best in others. Through the Writing Circles program, Feifer aims to inspire residents to express their feelings, thoughts, and emotions and to begin to process difficult issues. During one of his sessions with the residents, Feifer led them through the reading of Walt Whitman's poem "Miracles" and they then used the poem to create their own collaborative "Miracles" poem. Residents are given the choice to share their writings with the group. Feifer responds to the residents' writings with comments about what the individual shared. Sometimes the youth care worker staff members join in and share, which helps to build positive relationships between residents and staff.
Feifer also conducts Writing Circles at Manos House, a local placement for youths with drug and alcohol issues, as well as at the York Development Center and at the Lancaster Public Library. With the addition of the Youth Intervention Center PULSE and ETC programs, he has started offering a family circle program with residents and inviting their families to take part in the process.
Moving And Grooving At Bible2School October 26, 2018
Students in second and third grades at Mill Road and East High Street elementary schools in Elizabethtown have the opportunity to participate in Bible2School, a mentorship program that offers free, weekly Bible elective classes for public school students in several school districts in Lancaster County.
Bible2School - Elizabethtown began as a membership model in September 2017 as one of the offshoots of the Manheim-based program that was established in 1979. The initiative complies with the Released Time legislation, which allows children to be released from school for religious training of their choice.
Meetings take place once a week during the school day, over lunch and recess so that students are not missing classroom time, explained Bible2School volunteer Daryl Heistand. "It fits into the schedule really well, and we take care of all the details," said Heistand in describing the volunteer-run program.
The students bring lunches along to eat together, and each week a Bible lesson is taught using a variety of music, skits, and science experiments. Later, everyone splits into smaller groups for a time of discussion led by an adult volunteer, a craft or activity, and prayer. "I really appreciate watching the friendships they build and seeing the kids pray for each other," Heistand remarked.
One of the most popular lessons is the Old Testament story of Jonah, thanks in part to the unique way that Bible2School volunteers have found to really bring it to life. Volunteers constructed a 25-foot replica of a whale that is brought in each year for students to sit inside as they listen to the details of Jonah's story.
Volunteer Shirley Keener was inspired to get involved with Bible2School in part because she had attended a similar after-school program known as the Good News Club when she was a child. "I realized the value of it because a lot of what I learned there really stuck with me," Keener shared.
"The most important reason for students to attend Bible2School is so that they can learn to know Jesus, the savior of the world, and just to get that foundation," said volunteer Karen Olweiler. "They are going to face a lot in school and in life, and having this as a foundation will help them."
Keener added, "It's a great opportunity for those that already go to church to reinforce what they're already learning there."
Olweiler, who serves as the site director for East High Street, said that some of the children who attend Bible2School attend church regularly while others go occasionally or not at all, but she emphasized that any child is welcome to join at any point in the school year. Registration forms are available in either school's office, or interested parents and guardians may register their children at https://elizabethtown-pa.bible2school.com/. There is no cost to families and schools, as Bible2School is funded entirely through donations and implemented by trained volunteers.
Mill Road students are transported to DOVE Elizabethtown for Bible2School programming, while East High Street students walk to the nearby Emmanuel Baptist Church. Organizers hope to expand and offer the program at more grade levels and schools in the Elizabethtown Area School District in the future, but additional volunteers and finances are needed to make that a reality.
Individuals who are interested in applying to volunteer with Bible2School - Elizabethtown may contact director Trish Morris at 717-405-8258 or Heistand at 717-492-6234. Bible2School representatives are also available to speak at churches or businesses that may be interested in learning more about the organization. To make a financial contribution to Bible2School - Elizabethtown, interested individuals may visit https://elizabethtown-pa.bible2school.com/.
Grant Funds Wi-Fi Hotspots October 25, 2018
More Penn Manor students now have access to the internet after school hours thanks to a grant from the Fulton Family Foundation. The foundation awarded a $2,050 grant to the Penn Manor Education Foundation to fund four Wi-Fi hotspots that students may use at home if they lack internet access.
All Penn Manor students in grades five through 12 will use district-provided laptops this school year, and many homework assignments are based on materials accessed via the internet. The Wi-Fi hotspots provide a wireless internet connection, allowing students to access websites, an online file storage service, and class information after they leave school. The grant enables students to borrow a hotspot overnight, free of charge, from the high school library. One hotspot also is available at each of Penn Manor's two middle schools, Manor and Marticville. The district's social workers will assure that the gear is made available to the students who need it most.
While most students have Wi-Fi at home, a small percentage do not. Nearly 40 percent of district students are economically disadvantaged and qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Penn Manor has tried other programs to get internet access to these students, including free Wi-Fi at local churches and schools, but these programs have not been successful.
School Board Member Honored October 25, 2018
Penn Manor school board member Donna Wert has been honored for her 20 years of service. Karen Devine of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) presented Wert with a certificate of appreciation at the board's Oct. 15 meeting. Wert is a retired teacher who joined the all-volunteer board of school directors in 1998.
Since 1983, the PSBA has been recognizing school board members who have served for eight years or more. Recipients are honored for exemplifying leadership and statesmanship and for giving unselfishly of their time and talents for the future of public schools.
School District Plans Meeting October 23, 2018
Community members are invited to attend a Community Checkpoint Meeting for the new Avon Grove High School on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at Avon Grove High School, 257 State Road, West Grove, in the school's LMC. The event is the first in a series of stakeholder meetings that will occur during the different stages of the construction project. Currently, planning is in full swing for the development of the site and the design of the new Avon Grove High School building.
Attendees will be able to receive information about the current status of the construction project and learn about the proposed design plans, such as ample parking areas and two-way traffic flow for better traffic circulation. Design plans will be on display. The plans include a 21st-century, collaborative learning environment with space for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning; extracurricular programs; and athletics.
The Avon Grove School District and board of school directors are committed to keeping the community informed and involved in facilities planning. For more information and the schedule of additional meetings, readers may visit www.avongrove.org/facilities.