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Does your child struggle to get homework done, especially when you have to get them to sports practice, scout meetings, dance class, and more? The End Of Day After School Program has many offerings this year to not only help with homework, but add fun to after school. The program operates right after school at Blue Ridge, Elk Lake and Lathrop Street Elementary schools, and is open all days school is in session until 5:30 or 6 p.m. Once again this year we will be providing tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, daily homework help, a nutritional snack, and physical activities. But after the homework is done, the fun begins.
We have several special guests lined up for this year. Anna D’Andrea from the Wellness Center will be providing yoga weekly. Student volunteers from the high schools will be helping with crafts, homework, and teaching foreign languages throughout the year. Horses, ducks, greyhounds, and more will be stopping by with Pat DePaola. There will also be presentations from local fire companies, Sparky from Susquehanna County 911, Trehab Drug and Alcohol Prevention, the library, and more.
The program is now enrolling for the 2006-2007 school year at Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, and Lathrop Street. Scholarships are available for Blue Ridge and Elk Lake students, but don’t wait; applications for the scholarships need to be filled out soon. If you are interested in having your child come be a part of the fun, contact Trisha for Blue Ridge at 465-2204, and Doreen for Lathrop Street at 278-1523. We currently are postponing the start of the program in the Elk Lake District, due to low enrollment. We will need an enrollment of ten to open; for info call Brandy Pitcher at 879-4904.
Megan C. Holleran, New Milford, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Megan will be honored during an induction convocation this fall on the campus of Temple University.
NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first and second year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing. Megan currently holds a 3.94 GPA.
Megan is an Anthropology major with a minor in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She has been named to the Dean’s List consistently since her enrollment at Temple. She will spend the Fall, 2006 semester studying abroad on a shipboard campus with Semester at Sea through the Institute of Shipboard Education. The ship tours around the world, visiting a dozen ports including Hawaii, China, Japan, India, Egypt and Spain.
Megan is the daughter of Tom and Cathy Holleran, Harford, PA.
WYSOX – Eight area high school students represented Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative on the 2006 Rural Electric Youth Tour held in Washington, DC, this summer. The Youth Tour, organized annually by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association since the 1960s, brings more than 1,400 students from around the country to the nation’s capital for one week each June. Participating students will be entering their senior year in high school in the fall. Claverack holds a contest to select the student delegates it will sponsor for the all-expenses-paid trip. Chosen on the basis of an application, essay and extracurricular activities, Julianne Spadine, daughter of Yvonne and Samuel Spadine of Springville, a student at Elk Lake High School, represented Claverack on the 2006 Youth Tour.
During Youth Tour, Julianne was selected to represent Pennsylvania on the national Youth Leadership Council as a result of her selection as the state’s Outstanding Student Delegate. There were approximately 90 Youth Tour participants from 13 Pennsylvania cooperatives vying for the honor.
As the Youth Leadership Council’s state representative, Julianne will have the opportunity to attend the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s national conference in Las Vegas in February, 2007.
Youth Tour students visited landmarks including the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials, Jefferson and Washington monuments, Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials, the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill and the International Spy Museum, where students had the chance to assume a spy identity. Visits with U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood and Sen. Rick Santorum, an evening boat cruise on the Potomac River, a tour of Mt. Vernon and a live theatrical production at the Kennedy Center rounded out the itinerary.
Kathryn Jean Haberle, Union Dale, completed requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as of May, 2006. She received a BSED in Family and Consumer Science Education.
The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates of advanced study to students who completed their requirements in Spring, 2006. Achieving the honor from our area was Kristen Robinson, Hallstead, with a Master of Science in Education.
The Forest City fourth grade class was visited by the Conservation District on May 11 to give lessons about Water and Pond Life. Watershed Specialist Kathy Blaisure talked about the water cycle and watershed concepts, and demonstrated the importance of preventing water pollution. In an Introduction to Pond Ecology lesson, Matt Purdy spoke about the freshwater pond habitat and the characteristics and interactions of pond-dwelling organisms. The students then examined several species and recorded their observations in science notebooks.
Mrs. Turner’s fourth grade science class was revisited on May 31 for a follow-up lesson. The students examined the smaller organisms in a sample taken from a pond next to the school in a Microscope Pond Study lesson. The students were able to observe several aquatic macro invertebrate life forms using their own microscopes and on an overhead projector as they were given guidance by the Conservationists.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District provides Environmental Education for groups of students and residents of Susquehanna County. For more information contact Matthew Purdy at 278-4600 ext. 285.
James Osburn, Woodbridge, VA a Senior at University of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg, VA was named to the Dean's List for the Spring, 2006 semester. James is the son of retired Command Master Chief Ray Osburn, USN and Mary Kay, Kingsley, PA.
John Olcese, Union Dale, graduated from Shippensburg University at the close of the Spring, 2006 semester, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
The Daniel Crisman Memorial Scholarship for the Arts was recently established with the Montrose Area School District Foundation, which is an Affiliate of The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties. This scholarship will benefit a Montrose Area graduate who exhibits exceptional artistic talent and will continue to study the visual, performing, or literary arts in college. Daniel was among the victims of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Towers tragedy, and his mother Debbie has established this scholarship in his memory to honor his passion for creativity and beauty. Applications for the scholarship are available at the Montrose Area High School Guidance Office, or at The Community Foundation’s web site; www.community-foundation.org.
The Crisman Memorial Park in South Montrose.
Ms. Crisman also honors the memory of her son by having established the Daniel Crisman Memorial Park in South Montrose. It is a peaceful and contemplative location that, in conjunction with the scholarship, will permanently serve many generations as a reminder of the events of September 11th that so profoundly affected the lives of all Americans.
Anticipating its fifth year of service, End of Day has established itself as the only licensed school age child care program in Susquehanna County. There are programs available at Lathrop Street (Montrose), Blue Ridge, and Elk Lake Elementary Schools. Under the supervision of trained and qualified staff, each site offers children a chance to play, eat, work together and independently, and finish homework in a relaxed but supervised setting.
This summer, with the financial support of the Lorna W. Reynolds Children’s Development Fund, EOD was able to spend time planning a yearly calendar. EOD has tapped into community resources, developing plans to help children grow, learn and excel academically and in life. Reading and math tutoring will be available on Tuesday and Thursday night at all sites. Visits are anticipated from senior citizen groups, local fire companies, Kiwannis members, high school honor students, and other community organizations. Each month, the sites will get a visit from a local farmer, complete with animals to share and learn about.
Studies have shown that children enrolled in after school programs experience increased performance and success in school and other activities. These programs help to lower crime rates and raise academic performances. EOD continually strives to match program offerings with the needs and the available assests in the community. Volunteer opportunities abound! Call 278-6877 if you have a talent or opportunity to share. Registration is still open, please call Brandy at 879-4904 or 278-6877.
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