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Penn Manor Welcomes New Teachers August 16, 2017

Penn Manor welcomed 20 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year during New Teacher Orientation Day on Aug. 8 at Manor Middle School. In all, 27 professional staff members have been hired for the coming year. Some of the teachers previously served in long-term substitute positions at Penn Manor schools, but the others are new to Penn Manor.

The new staff includes the following individuals.

Conestoga Elementary School: Krista Eby, grade one. Central Manor Elementary School: Aliza Becker, grade six; Cristen Appel, grade one; Paige Martin, learning support; Anna Raneiri, learning support.

Conestoga and Eshleman elementary schools: Kailey Brennan, music, and Morgan Fasnacht, art. Hambright Elementary School: Megan Binkley, kindergarten; Ashley Brubaker, music; Brandon Leinbach, grade one; Morgan Stepanchick, learning support. Martic Elementary School: Vicki Fafel, grade six; Jeb Thompson, grade two. Pequea Elementary School: Caroline Lovett, grade four; Grace Painter, grade two; Danielle Zook, learning support/life skills, grades one through three.

Manor Middle School: Courtney Heiser, mathematics. Marticville/Manor Middle School: Brittney Anderson, school nurse.

Penn Manor High School: Julie Knauss, English; Katherine Ream, math; Leomery Silva-Tavarez, Spanish; Kayla Starry, social studies; Christopher Vrabel, biology; Mary Wittemann, biology; Thomas Bechtel, social studies; Joel Ernst, science; and Beth Reburn, learning support/English.

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Open House Planned For Doe Run August 10, 2017

Community members are invited to the first open house for the newly constructed Doe Run Elementary School, 281 Doe Run Road, Manheim, on Monday, Aug. 28. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by self-guided tours of the building from 6 to 8 p.m. Manheim Central School District is hosting the event in conjunction with EI Associates, the firm that provided architectural leadership for the project.

Parking will be available on-site, and overflow parking will be at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.

The new Doe Run Elementary School offers a total of 42 classrooms housing students in kindergarten through grade four, as well as support classrooms, two art classrooms, two music classrooms, and two practice rooms. Core learning and support areas include a 10,000-square-foot gymnasium with bleacher seating, a cafeteria, a kitchen, a stage, a media center, green roof spaces, a building administration suite, guidance and health suite areas, faculty areas, and a building services area.

The design of the new school allows for maximum flexibility of space for current and future use. Construction of the new Doe Run Elementary School allowed the district's three existing elementary schools to be consolidated into two.

According to EI Associates, the school is a modern, high-performance building, and the project has been designed seeking LEED Gold Certification standards and will be highly sustainable, incorporating materials and systems that require minimal energy use.

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Students Stay Sharp At Summer Academies August 9, 2017

Each summer the Oxford Area School District offers students the opportunity to participate in free learning academies. These experiences provide a way to enhance the skills developed during the past school year and prepare for the lessons coming in the fall.

This summer, a total of 216 students were enrolled in the seven academies, which were as follows: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Computer Science and Coding; Art; Music; Math; Young Authors; and Youth Fitness.

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CHS Marching Band Prepares To "Take Flight!" August 4, 2017

The sound of the marching band drifted through the air in Columbia Borough last week, indicating to all that summer is coming to a close and school will soon be back in session. Members of the Columbia High School (CHS) marching band gave it their all as they prepared for the 2017 season during full days of band camp from July 31 to Aug. 4.

Temperatures blazed into the 90s as the 26-member unit, composed of 20 instrumentalists and a six-person color guard, rehearsed for "Take Flight!" This year's show was collectively selected by director Dan Stauffer, assistant director Demetrius Archer, and color guard director Bill Harker.

CHS senior Erin Sheckard, who plays the piccolo, said the show is about a girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut and learning how to fly. The sequence begins when the girl is young and doing things like flying a kite and continues until she is an adult flying an airplane. "Take Flight!" begins with the song "Above and Beyond," followed by "Dreams of Flying," and two others to round out the show.

"Light and airy" is how senior color guard member Kylah Farley described the music, adding that overall the show is filled with joy and hope. "(For anyone) who saw last year's show, they're really going to like how we flipped it from a dark show to this one. It's much brighter," Erin shared.

The entire show requires strong teamwork and unity. "A lot of the movements are (about following) the leader, and we all work together as a team," Kylah explained.

The team dynamic is strong off the field as well, according to Kylah, who said the members of the CHS marching band are like a family to each other. "We're all really close because of all the time we spend together," Kylah said. "We basically grew up together." During band camp the students spent lunch breaks and most dinner breaks together too, even though everyone has the option to eat at home.

Spirit days are another band camp highlight, and this year's schedule included wearing mismatched outfits on Monday, wearing tie-dye on Tuesday and pink on Wednesday, dressing like superheroes on Thursday, and sporting crimson and gold on Friday. Participants also rounded out the week by taking a break from the heat to watch a livestream of the Drum Corps International DCI Eastern Classic competition, which took place in Allentown on Aug. 4 and 5. "That's a new tradition. We just started doing that last year," said Kylah. Family and friends were also treated to a preview show of "Take Flight!" on Aug. 4.

Aside from performing at CHS football games this fall, the marching band will participate in several competitions, including Cavalcade of Bands as well as the Opening Knight Band Festival held at Hempfield High School. The band will also march in the Columbia Mardi Gras parade and the Manheim Farm Show parade this fall, as well as the Columbia Memorial Day parade in the spring.

"On the way to championships we sing our entire show and it's so much fun," said Kylah. Last school year, the CHS marching band earned first place and the color guard took third place in their respective divisions at championships. Since the group only lost two seniors to graduation, the students are anticipating another successful - and fun - season.

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Education Foundation Marks 20 Years August 3, 2017

In 1996, an anonymous community member wanted to establish an annual scholarship for Penn Manor High School graduates, but the school district could not legally accept the donation. That sparked an effort to form a separate, nonprofit foundation to benefit Penn Manor students. Now, the organization that emerged in 1997 - the Penn Manor Education Foundation (PMEF) - is celebrating its 20th anniversary as one of the most successful education foundations in Lancaster County.

Since 2000, PMEF has awarded hundreds of grants totaling more than $750,000 to enhance learning, both in and out of the classroom, for thousands of Penn Manor students. It also has awarded scholarships in excess of $500,000 to help Penn Manor graduates pursue college and careers. Last year, the foundation implemented a new Strong & Healthy Families initiative to support Penn Manor families experiencing economic, physical, or emotional hardships. Strong & Healthy grants have provided free books to children in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and paid for uniforms and supplies for students enrolled in career and technology training programs.

"Reaching 20 years as an organization is not, in and of itself, anything special, but funding $750,000 worth of classroom grants is," said Patrick Kline, president of the 15-member PMEF volunteer board of directors. "So is providing $500,000 worth of scholarships to graduating seniors. And now we have the opportunity to play a bigger role in assisting our Penn Manor families with financial needs."

Over the years, PMEF grants have funded countless authors, musicians, and artists in residence at Penn Manor schools; museum field trips; guitars, saxophones, pianos, and other musical instruments; scientific testing equipment; 3D printers; and programmable robots. The grants all are designed with one objective: to increase learning opportunities for students beyond what Penn Manor's 10 schools could otherwise provide.

From its humble beginnings, the foundation has grown to have assets now approaching $2 million. The growth would not have been possible without the many volunteers, community members and businesses that have supported PMEF programs over the years, Kline said. Because of the continued support, he sees a bright future for the foundation.

"Seeing the smile of an elementary school student as she successfully programs a robot to perform a task or feeling the firm handshake of a senior as he accepts a scholarship award will keep us going another 20 years for sure," Kline said.

More information about PMEF and its programs is available at http://pennmanoredfoundation.org.

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Oxford Offers Summer Learning Academies August 2, 2017

Each summer, the Oxford Area School District (OASD) offers students the opportunity to participate in free learning academies, providing a fun way to enhance the skills they developed during the past school year and to help them prepare for their lessons in the fall. This summer, 216 students were enrolled in the seven academies.

The Art Academy was taught by Jordan Bank Elementary School art teacher Mallory Moran. During the four-day session, students created clay sculptures, paper fish and puppets, and batik tote bags. They also learned about printmaking.

Participants in the Summer Youth Fitness Academy enjoyed activities such as volleyball, basketball and tennis. The academy also featured a classroom component on nutritional education. The instructor was Helen Irwin, health and physical education teacher at Penn's Grove School.

Students in the Summer Math Academy participated in a variety of math enrichment activities, including playing math-related games both online and in the classroom. The students also had fun filling water balloons, measuring each balloon's size in meters and then letting it fly on the Penn's Grove School tennis courts. After impact, the students measured the size of the splash in relation to the balloon's size. The instructor was Mark Neff, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher at Hopewell Elementary School.

Hopewell band director Ryan Maule was the director for the Summer Music Academy, and Jason McLeod, business education teacher at Oxford Area High School, was the instructor for the newly-added Computer Programming and Coding Academy.

Also offered was a Young Authors Academy and a STEM Academy.

All academies, held at Hopewell Elementary School, were free to OASD students.

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School Seeks Nominations August 2, 2017

Nominations are sought for Penn Manor's Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor. The Penn Manor alumni selection committee is interested in individuals who have brought recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to Penn Manor through their postgraduate accomplishments.

Nomination forms are available at https://www.pennmanor.net/blog/ and should be submitted to Penn Manor High School principal Dr. Phil Gale by Wednesday, Nov. 1. Inductees will be honored in early 2018.

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Fall Classes Brochure Posted August 2, 2017

Central York School District will offer an assortment of classes in the fall. The 2017 brochure is available at www.cysd.k12.pa.us by clicking on Community. Registration and payment are available online.

Readers may contact Linda Tross at 717-846-6789, ext. 1206, or ltross@cysd.k12.pa.us, with any questions.

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School District Posts Vaccination Information July 28, 2017

The Columbia Borough School District has announced school vaccination information for parents and guardians to note.

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the Department of Health is requiring all students to be fully immunized by the first day of school. There is no longer an eight-month provisional enrollment period. In addition, all students entering grade 12 will be required to have their second meningococcal vaccine booster by the first day of school.

For more information, readers may visit www.columbiabsd.org/files/2017/07/Immunization-School-Brochure-1d0sah2.pdf.

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School Installs Rock Climbing Wall July 26, 2017

Shrewsbury Elementary School recently raised money to install a rock climbing wall for student use during physical education classes. The money was raised by the Shrewsbury Elementary PTO through its school-wide fun run fundraiser held in the fall of 2016. The wall was installed during the spring of 2017.

According to physical education teacher Kristen Mikita, the climbing wall will help to teach students lifelong lessons about fitness and wellness, as indoor rock climbing is said to improve coordination, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. The activity will help students develop life skills such as problem solving, goal setting, perseverance, and confidence.

The traverse climbing wall is approximately 8 feet high by 20 feet long. Shrewsbury students practiced climbing horizontally and vertically across the wall using their critical thinking skills while building upper body and cardiovascular strength.

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Abrams Takes Part In Golf Academy July 26, 2017

Susquehannock golfer Kendel Abrams recently participated in the John Deere Drive Your Future Academy in Atlanta through The First Tee of Greater Baltimore.

The Drive Your Future Academy is a new all-girls' program that focuses on leadership development, volunteerism, teamwork, and the value of being active in golf. A total of 24 girls were selected from across the United States to participate in this year's academy. To be chosen to participate, athletes were required to submit an essay and an activities list as well as a First Tee chapter letter of recommendation.

Abrams said one of the biggest lessons she learned during the program was to be adaptable. Her favorite part was teaching residents at an Atlanta retirement home how to play golf.

The program also motivated Abrams to help girls through her own nonprofit organization. She noted that she has been inspired to teach girls the fundamentals of golf, the benefits of networking, and the importance of scholarships and internships as they further their education.

Abrams is a starter on Susquehannock's varsity golf team and a 2016 GameTime Pennsylvania Golf All-Star. In 2016, she placed sixth during the District 3 Class 3A championships and finished second at the YAIAA individual championships.

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Partnership Brings Preschool Liaison To PVSD July 26, 2017

Knowing how important prekindergarten education is, Richard Eby, assistant to the superintendent for Pequea Valley School District (PVSD), wants to do all he can to be sure students are prepared when they begin their formal education. "There is a large amount of evidence that (states) that the more kindergarten-ready (students are) when they walk in our doors, the more successful they will be in elementary school," said Eby.

The district had two Pre-K Counts programs in place at Salisbury Elementary and within the last two years was able to add a third one with the help of the United Way Collective Impact Grant and the Together Initiative. Now, through a partnership with Gracepoint Church in Paradise, the school district will be able to utilize the services of Katie Beiler in the position of birth-to-age-5 literacy.

Eby noted that about 18 months ago Gracepoint lead pastor Tim Rogers asked him, "What is your biggest need that you can't fund?" "I said a birth-to-5 literacy liaison," Eby said. "The church is gifting (Beiler's) services to the community," Eby added.

According to Eby, Beiler will be able to reach out to families in the area who are still on a waiting list for prekindergarten services while the district works to add a fourth class. Eby noted that local families may not be able to afford to send a child to preschool. Often transportation is an issue or the parents require a full-day program for their child because of work issues. The district provides transportation to the nearly 60 students receiving services now.

"Ideally, we want every PV-bound 4-year-old to be receiving a quality prekindergarten education," said Eby. "That will be one of the liaison's roles." Eby noted that Beiler will be able to reach out to families as soon as a child is born. "Whenever a family has a newborn, we would like to give that family a Welcome Baby Brave literacy package," said Eby, who added that infant, toddler, and prekindergarten story times would also be part of the program.

In creating Beiler's position, Eby looked for certain characteristics. "(We wanted) someone with a literacy background, who is proactive, confident, and is comfortable walking into a preschool and going into a home to give a literacy lesson," said Eby, who added that Beiler will help run the prekindergarten literacy workshops for incoming kindergartners and develop relationships with local organizations such as Community Action Program, Luthercare, County Line Medical, and the Welsh Mountain Medical Center.

Eby and Beiler attended the Pennsylvania Literacy for Life Conference that the Pennsylvania Department of Education held in Hershey in June. "(The conference) was fantastic because some model schools that have a birth-to-5 literacy liaison (gave presentations) there," said Eby. "It was really valuable to see what a program could look like."

In addition, state funding has been made available to the district for a program that will evaluate literacy education in the district from birth to high school graduation. "(State representatives) wanted four pilot schools to go through the birth-to-12th-grade literacy needs assessment audit," said Eby. The audit utilizes a tool called Eduplan that the state would like to make available to all school districts. In response to the opportunity, Eby put together a literacy team of 26 people, including Beiler, to address literacy in the district in four areas, including birth-to-5, kindergarten to sixth grade, intermediate school, and high school. "Our birth-to-5 team includes a school board member, the public library, and our Pre-K Counts director," noted Eby, who added that the district received $150,000 to be used to implement the programs with stipulations as to how much may be spent in each area.

Readers who would like more information about the birth-to-age-5 literacy program may call 717-265-5755 or 717-768-5584.

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Property Tax News Posted July 20, 2017

Solanco property owners will receive a two-percent discount on their real estate tax if the total is paid before Thursday, Aug. 31. Taxes may be paid at any Fulton Bank branch office with the bottom tax stub of the tax bill, or payments may be mailed to Solanco School District, P.O. Box 4158, Lancaster, PA 17604-4158. Incorrect amounts or late postmarks will be returned to the sender.

The Solanco School District has mailed real estate tax notices to property owners in the district. Property owners are reminded that they are responsible for payment of their property taxes, even if they fail to receive the tax notices in the mail.

Property owners who have not received their real estate tax notice or seek more information should call the Solanco School District Tax Office at 717-786-5611.

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Clair Receives Champion Of Children Award July 14, 2017

On June 26, Manheim Central School District (MCSD) board member Mike Clair was honored with the 2016-17 Champion of Children Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals - who are neither teachers nor support staff members - who continually embrace the mission of MCSD to prepare responsible citizens who are lifelong learners.

Clair was nominated for his commitment to the Next Step Program, a school-to-work transition program for students with disabilities that MCSD launched in 2016. Throughout the year, Clair stopped by the Next Step house at 101 S. Penn St., Manheim, to visit with students and offer encouragement. He is an active participant on the steering committee for Next Step and assisted with community contacts to provide resources and potential internship opportunities for the students.

"It's one of the most outstanding programs I've ever been around, and I'm very proud that Manheim Central is one of the first to do it," Clair commented.

At the meeting honoring Clair, MCSD special education consultant Jennifer Clemons shared in her speech that getting to know him this year showed her that he is truly "a person of the community who genuinely supports students."

"Our students knew him by first name," continued Clemons. "Our champion taught them many skills of the 'hidden curriculum,' such as sharing, compassion, and appreciation. He would bring the students coffee and even taught them how to tie a tie. And every time he was present, the students had smiles on their faces."

Clair and his wife, Jackie, have three children and three grandchildren. He is a 1965 graduate of Manheim Central High School and served in the United States Air Force before beginning a career in the restaurant business. He served as the Pennsylvania chapter director for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for 21 years and was inducted into the Lancaster-Lebanon League Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013 for his decades of wrestling volunteer work.

"I've received and been inducted into almost every wrestling hall of fame, but I felt very humbled that they thought enough of me to honor me with this (Champion of Children Award)," said Clair. "I really felt that the honor came from the kids and not from me or anything I did. It was one of the most rewarding ones that I've received."

According to MCSD director of human resources Caroline Duda, the award serves to honor those who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty to positively influence a child's academic or social development or who have demonstrated a continued concern about the development of the children in MCSD.

Past recipients include Barry Geib in 2015-16 for his involvement in the Manheim Community Farm Show agriculture program, Wesley Geib in 2014-15 for his work with Thaddeus Stevens College and making connections for students in regards to early enrollment and guiding them into trades, and IU13 employee Kristen Sholly in 2013-14 for her care and dedication to a particular student in need of personal care assistance.

The MCSD Champion of Children Award dates back to the 1998-99 school year. Nominations are read with names omitted and are voted upon by a committee comprised of administrators and board members.

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Bertoli Named Swimming Head Coach July 14, 2017

Hempfield School District recently hired Brittany Bertoli as swimming head coach.

Bertoli graduated from Hempfield High School in 2005 and was a captain on the swim team. She graduated from Washington and Jefferson College, where she was an academic All-American. She has been the Hempfield High School assistant swim coach since 2012 and is also the head coach of the Hempfield Stringrays summer swim team at the Hempfield Rec Center. Bertoli is a second-grade teacher at Mountville Elementary School.

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Foundation Elects Board Members, Officers July 12, 2017

The Foundation for the West York Area School District, a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves the students of the West York Area School District, recently elected new board members and officers for the 2017-18 year, with the first board meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14. Officers elected include Michael Gorsegner as president, Deb Mohle as vice president, Anthony Campbell as secretary, and David Peck as treasurer. The new board members include Marcy Lazzelle, Shawn Mauck, and Kevin McCleary.

New board members were selected due to their connection to the West York Area School District. Lazzelle is the president of the West York Elementary PTO and lives in the district. Mauck is the current mayor of West York Borough, lives in the district, and is a 1993 graduate of West York Area High School. McCleary is a 1973 graduate of West York Area High School.

In addition to the new board members and officers, Amber Anstine Kraft and Stacey Overcash are continuing their first board term. Board members elected to serve a second term include Sandra Benedict, Thomas Eyster, and William Ludwig. Ex-officio board members include Rodney Drawbaugh as president of the West York Area School Board, Dr. Patricia Sanker as acting district superintendent, and Sheri Schlemmer as business manager for the district. Karen Hansen serves as executive director for the foundation.

Scott Sides' board term ended June 30. He had served on the board for three years.

For more information on the foundation, readers may email info@foundationwyasd.org or visit www.foundationwyasd.org.

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Group From HHS Will Travel To Russia July 7, 2017

Hempfield High School (HHS) has announced that four Communications Technology students received first place in the 45 Seconds to Russia contest presented by the U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) and Student Television Network (STN).

The competition required students to produce a video of 45 seconds or less explaining why they wanted to participate in the U.S.-Russia anchor team that produces a season of web-based Disabilities Partnership TV (DP-TV). DP-TV is part of the Disabilities Partnership Platform, an interface of ideas, resources, and actors working to nurture international links between organizations and individuals to advance the interests and rights of people with disabilities.

Bailey Titter, Kayleigh Gallagher, Joel Pletcher, and Jack Harrison will travel to Moscow and Yekaterinburg, Russia, with Communications Technology teacher Matthew Binder in late July. The students will serve as the first U.S. anchors of the inaugural season of DP-TV. Together, Hempfield and Russian students will develop a broadcast news-style program about disabilities in their respective communities. While in Russia, Hempfield students will provide a presentation about the Hempfield community and Binder will collaborate with Russian teachers about best practices in teaching.

The community can follow the student group's experiences in Russia by visiting the group's blog, http://russiahsdtv7.weebly.com/.

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Educators Attend Summer Class July 6, 2017

Dallastown Area School District held its Educators in Workplaces summer staff development class, which included visits to 16 local businesses that coordinate with the school's career development software, Naviance.

The goal of Educators in Workplaces is to assist educators with bringing relevancy to their lessons by providing them with an opportunity to hear from local businesses and organizations about what is happening in the workforce. The educators also examine the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Career Education and Work Standards to see how what is happening in the workplace can be applied to the classroom.

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Building Good Character July 6, 2017

Summer Enrichment Camp To Aid Local Learners

For several years, Pequea Valley School District (PVSD) has held a summer school for district children in prekindergarten through seventh grade. "When your district has over 40 percent (of its students on) free and reduced lunches, you are considered a school-wide Title 1 school," explained Richard Eby, assistant to the superintendent for PVSD. "The district can use funds ... to support English, language arts, and math (programs) ... and for learners of high academic need, a gap of three months in the summer makes it tough to maintain the growth you achieved with those learners during the school year."

Through the Together Initiative, a cooperative effort involving community leaders from churches, government, and the education system, PVSD began partnering with The Factory Ministries to also provide a character-building program called Summer Enrichment Camp following summer school hours. This year, summer school is scheduled to run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from Tuesday, July 11, through Thursday, July 27. The school district provides transportation, and Eby noted that up to 90 students generally attend the program, which provides academic lessons from 8:30 a.m. to noon, followed by a lunch provided by The Factory Ministries in cooperation with Grace Point Church of Paradise.

Between noon and 2 p.m., about 12 volunteers work with the children at Summer Enrichment Camp. Becca Holt, community engagement coordinator with The Factory, said that the program began with simple character lessons, but it has grown to include a variety of activities. The students are divided into three groups according to age, and then the three groups rotate to different activities. "Each group rotates through a character lesson, an art activity, and time to play games in the gym," said Holt, who added that volunteers are members of local churches, school staff members, and older students from within the district.

Holt said that The Factory provides a lesson plan for a character trait, such as respect, along with a book on the subject that can be read to the students. "The volunteers can take (that prepared lesson) and make it their own," Holt explained. "(The leader) has up to 30 minutes with each group to read through the book, discuss, and answer questions." Other lesson topics include how to deal with disappointment, bullying, and how to be a good friend.

Holt noted that the lesson does not end when the 30 minutes of instruction are up. "We hold them accountable (to what they have learned for) the rest of the afternoon," she said. "We work that in when we see an issue." Holt said that after observing a conflict between students, a counselor might say something like, "We know you talked about being a good friend today. What were some things that you learned?"

Eby added that the teachers and aides who take part in the summer program are given an opportunity to stay and get involved in the camp. PVSD nurse Robin McCracken has held a baby-sitting certification class, including CPR and first aid, for two summers. Students who take part and receive certification are invited to stay and help with the afternoon program.

"We have been collaborating with The Factory for more than five years, and it has been a phenomenal relationship," said Eby, who noted that a social worker from the organization also works cooperatively with the district to help area families in need.

Readers who are interested in volunteering with The Factory or would like more information about the ministry may visit www.thefactoryministries.com or call 717-687-9594.

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Waltimyer Earns New Certificate June 27, 2017

Patricia Waltimyer, director of transportation for the South Eastern School District, has earned a Certificate of Enhanced Qualifications (CEQ) in Transportation. The certificate is issued by the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).

In order to be granted a PASBO Certificate of Enhanced Qualification, a school business official must demonstrate a high level of competency in the profession by successfully completing a series of courses in a specialized area of school business leadership. Qualifying courses are offered through a partnership between PASBO and Wilkes University.

PASBO is a state professional association of school business officials whose responsibilities include the business and service functions of public and non-public schools. PASBO's purposes are to promote the highest standards of ethics and practices in school business administration and to encourage professional development and improvement of individuals engaged in school business management. PASBO is affiliated with the Association of School Business Official International (ASBO).

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