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The Easter Bunny Visits Blue Ridge
Mt. View Creates Scholarship
EL Debater Heading To National Competition
Third Graders Go Green
Jeffrey Oakley Receives Cedarville Scholarships

The Easter Bunny Visits Blue Ridge
By Brandy Pitcher

This month, the End of Day Program sponsored a “Dinner with the Easter Bunny,” which was open to the public. The Easter Bunny was at the Blue Ridge Elementary School Friday, March 23 and at Lathrop Street Elementary School on Friday, March 30. At both facilities families enjoyed a pizza dinner, an Easter egg hunt, and got their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Over 200 people attended each event. The proceeds of the events went toward the afterschool programs and activities at each site.

The Easter Bunny at Blue Ridge Elementary School with Katie Opet and Mikaela Conrad.

A lot of great things are happening this year with the End of Day After School Program. The program is open at both Blue Ridge and Lathrop Street Elementary Schools, with an enrollment of approximately 10 children at each facility. The children have been very active with arts and crafts projects, weekly tutoring, special guest readers, yoga classes, special programs like this month’s “Say No to Tobacco” presented by Trehab and the monthly Animal Friday.

The End of Day has also recently kicked off its annual fund drive. The support from the community has been great this year. St. Paul’s has committed to donating a total of $3,000.00 and other local businesses have already contributed over $900.00. This support and generosity from the community is greatly appreciated, since this program would not be possible without this it.

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Mt. View Creates Scholarship

The administration and faculty of the Mountain View School District have created a new college scholarship with The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties, to benefit graduating seniors. The Mountain View Staff/United Way Community Service Scholarship is to recognize a student who will enter college or a post-secondary degree program, and who exhibits a strong sense of community spirit, as demonstrated by involvement with clubs, organizations, or projects directly benefiting the quality of life in his or her community, and that reflects the practices of The United Way.

This permanent, annual scholarship was established by tax-deductible United Way donations that the school district’s staff designated for the scholarship. It will continue to be enhanced by such yearly donations in the future. This is the fifth Community Foundation scholarship for Mountain View graduates. Others wishing to donate to these scholarships may send tax-deductible contributions directly to The Community Foundation, 36 Lake Avenue in Montrose 18801. Information about the scholarships can be found at

Similar Community Foundation funds that can benefit from employee United Way donations exist at other local school Districts. The Blue Ridge Superintendent’s Fund was established in 2003 by Superintendent Robert McNamara. The Montrose Area School District Endowment Fund was initiated by Superintendent Mike Ognosky in 2006 and is still in the developmental stages of accruing enough value to provide grants to the district. Both funds can also be enhanced by United Way designated donations made by school district employees and parents, and are intended to provide financial resources for school district expenses.

For more information about the United Way visit

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EL Debater Heading To National Competition

For the second consecutive season, Elk Lake senior Molly Copeland qualified to the Catholic Forensics League’s Grand National Tournament in Lincoln-Douglas Debate by dominating the competition at the Scranton Catholic Forensics League’s National Qualifying Tournament at West Scranton High School on March 3.

Pictured (l-r) at the NCFL National Qualifier are: Jonathan Allen – EL Forensics Team Assistant Coach, Molly Copeland – NCFL National Qualifier in LD Debate, Keith Brosious – EL Forensics Director.

Copeland compiled an undefeated, 4 win and 0 loss, record in LD Debate by defeating debaters from Danville, Dallas, Shikellamy, and Pocono Mountain West High Schools.

Under SCFL rules, which state that all undefeated debaters automatically qualify for NCFL Nationals, this was good enough to earn her one of the league’s four qualifying slots to NCFL Nationals, which will be held Memorial Day Weekend in Houston, TX.

Copeland returns to the NCFL National Tournament one year after placing 20th in the country as a junior.

“This is another incredible accomplishment for Molly (Copeland). She has worked very hard all season and the work definitely paid off today as she dominated the competition at the toughest league tournament of the season,” commented EL Forensics Director Keith Brosious.

According to Brosious, what makes this tournament so difficult for LD debaters is that they are debating a new resolution for the first time in two months. No one has had a chance to test his/her debate cases out to see how well they work in competition.

“It really is a test that determines the best debaters in the league,” continued Brosious.

For 13 of the last 14 seasons, Elk Lake has qualified LD debaters to the NCFL Grand National Tournament.

Copeland and the rest of the EL Forensics Team traveled to LaSalle College High School in suburban Philadelphia on March 8-10 to attend the National Forensics League Valley Forge National Qualifying Tournament. This tournament brings together the top competitors from the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Allentown, and northeastern Pennsylvania.

The top two competitors in each event will qualify to the NFL National Championship Tournament in Wichita, KS in mid-June.

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Third Graders Go Green

Ms. Pitcher’s third grade class at Blue Ridge Elementary celebrated “Go for the Green Day” on March 15. “Go for the Green Day” celebrates the importance of children eating their “ green” vegetables as part of good nutrition.

Pictured (l-r) are “Go For the Green” Sculpture Winners: Amos Dixon – most creative face, Taylor Hall, second place, Cassidy Church, third place. Absent from photo: Tray Perry, first place.

As part of Ms. Pitcher’s unit on healthy eating, her students were invited to create sculptural heads and insects made entirely from green vegetables. The students were enthusiastic and very creative using pepper, squash and lettuce to construct heads that were then decorated with parsley, olives, beans and peas, for eyes, noses, hair and mouths. The edible sculptures were then judged on their creative use of the produce by the District Food Service Manager, Linda Cole-Koloski and assistant, Dixie Herbert. The students were very proud of their edible works of art.

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Jeffrey Oakley Receives Cedarville Scholarships

Thompson resident Jeffrey Grant Oakley has received two scholarships from Cedarville University (Ohio) – an Effective Leader Scholarship and a Faculty Scholarship.

Cedarville University awards Effective Leader Scholarships to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores, a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher, outstanding character, and extensive leadership and service involvements. This one-time scholarship ranges from $1,000-$1,500.

Faculty Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores and a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This renewable scholarship ranges from $2,000 to $2,500.

Jeffrey, a senior at Mountain View High School, plans to major in computer engineering. He is the son of Tim and Wendy Oakley, Thompson.

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