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On March 2, 2004, the Susquehanna Community Elementary School began their annual "Read Across America" celebration. This program is done, first and foremost, to promote reading in the school. On the first day of the celebration, students were treated to a breakfast of green eggs and ham. Lunch included a birthday cake honoring Dr. Seuss. Throughout the day, students and faculty welcomed a number of guest readers into the classrooms.
The guest readers included Alice Gilleran, Debra Williams, Ivan Burman, Rita Price, Johnine Barnes, Father O'Bell, seniors Jordon Tingley, Amanda Fallon, Claressa Price and Jessica Williams, Pastor Fred Johnson, Father Simon, Binghamton Senators Greg Watson and Charlie Stevens, Principals Robert Keyes and Mike Lisowski, and B.U. Bearcats Jennifer Blues, Jennifer Haubrich, Rebecca Lindgren, and Kristen Hibler. Guest readers were invited to attend a coffee social following their visits to the classrooms.
In Mrs. Updyke's music class, students were challenged to create instruments a la Dr. Seuss. Students are using various materials to design their unique instruments. One of Miss Gallagher's art activities, with students in grades K-3, included having students design reading hats in recognition of this event. Classroom teachers continue to extend this theme within the classrooms. Throughout the month of March, in Mrs. Dunn's gym classes, students will enjoy a number of activities centering around Dr. Seuss stations.
Congratulations and a special thanks to each and everyone who participated in the celebration!
The TREHAB Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program, in collaboration with the PA Departments of Education and Health and the PA Liquor Control Board, is again sponsoring the Alcohol Awareness Poster Program for Susquehanna County. This marks the 11th year for this event, in which thousands of students throughout Pennsylvania have participated over the years. Each year, about 80 posters are selected for further recognition. Some designs will be featured as posters, bookmarks, book covers, T-shirts or on the Internet.
All fourth grade students in Susquehanna County schools are invited to participate by creating posters with a message about the dangers of underage drinking. While designing these posters, the students learn about the possible consequences of drinking lowered grades, relationship problems, vehicle crashes, addiction along with alternatives to the risky behavior of drinking, such as sports, reading, art, or school/community activities.
First place winners from each participating school will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond, compliments of area banks. Several selected posters will also be forwarded to Harrisburg for judging at the state level, where winning entrants will be awarded $100 U.S. Savings Bonds.
TREHAB is asking local businesses to help recognize local students by donating prizes for first, second and third place winners in each participating Susquehanna County school. Sponsors will have an opportunity to display selected posters for all to see in May. Judging will be on the basis of the alcohol message, medium and presentation.
TREHAB Prevention staff note that the deadline for participation is at the end of April, and those interested should contact TREHAB, ASAP at 278-5229 for more information including contest guidelines.
High school seniors from Blue Ridge and Mountain View School Districts may be eligible for a scholarship. One award will be presented to each District. This is an annual project offered by the Louise Bache Womens Club of New Milford. Applications may be obtained at the school guidance offices. They must be completed and returned to the guidance office by May 7, 2004. Winners will be selected on the basis of school performance, community involvement and extracurricular activities as well as consideration for financial need.
Lancaster, PA Matthew Batzel, a junior government major and environmental studies minor at Franklin & Marshall College, received academic honors for the Fall 2003 semester. A student earns Honors List recognition for achieving a 3.7 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Matt is a 2001 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School. He is the son of Carl and Carol Batzel, Susquehanna.
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