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Turnpike Senior Center UpdateARSE Update

Pre-K Teachers Get “Creative”

Local Youths Get Work Experience

Local youths in Susquehanna County were given real work experience this summer through The Workforce Investment Act’s Summer Youth Program. Eight participants were chosen through a collaborative effort with school districts, county assistance offices, Children and Youth Services and other agencies to be involved in this program. The intent of the program is to remove barriers by providing work experience, exposing the participants to career options, and facilitating interaction in the workforce.

The program began with an educational component in the CareerLink Center at Great Bend; this component focused on exposing the students to career options, job searching techniques, and résumé writing. After this component was complete, the TREHAB career staff placed the participants in clerical support and general laborer positions for six weeks of work experience at various worksites.

The summer youth also gathered at Towanda Country Club for the Northern Tier WIA Youth Leadership Day. Here, the students joined with the youth from surrounding counties to participate in team-building activities and hear inspirational speakers.

The program is administered and funded by the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission. For more information, visit their website at or contact Sherry Felten, Workforce Development Program Manager toll free at 888-868-8800 or email

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Turnpike Seniorn Center Update
By Mary Heesh

The line dancing group put on a great show for everyone. There were seven dancers, including the instructor. They all did well. They served refreshments after. Every seat was filled.

It’s sort of cold and damp today, but the kids are out practicing football. Good luck to them. They sure work hard at it.

Betty Powers, one of our tenants, is moving away. We will miss her. She is one of our domino players and always shows up to play. Her domino players and a few extra friends enjoyed a chicken and biscuit dinner for her, then we played one more game of dominoes with her.

A group of us went to the Lanesboro Community Church for the rededication of the new kitchen and basement that was destroyed during the flood. It was a good time; they had a magician and the band Soulfire from South New Milford Baptist Church. We all enjoyed ourselves. I went to Robin and Frank Hobbs’ for a picnic. They had the band Soulfire again – great music and a lot of good food, and family and friends there.

There are a lot of visitors up here for the holiday. We sure had a beautiful day here.

Our council meeting was held on the first Wednesday of the month. Our spaghetti dinner was canceled. We will be having a “bring a friend to lunch” day. Also, we talked about doing some crafts for Halloween.

We had Monday bingo and had two new players. We are hoping we can get more Monday bingo players at the Center here at the Terrace.

We had our Chinese auction and had a nice-size crowd there. a lot of them went home with someone else’s treasures. It’s a lot of fun. It is a new way to recycle up here. We do get some nice things at the auction.

Marie Delaney’s son made two apple pies for the domino players and Flo Flynn brought ice cream. It was a nice treat.

We will be having our air conditioners taken out soon.

Well, that’s it, until next time.

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Pre-K Teachers Get “Creative”
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton, Program Manager

Pre-kindergarten teachers from Treasure House Child Development Center, Montrose, became students earlier this month. They participated in three days of training in a special educational program called “The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.” The curriculum will be used at Treasure House as they begin a full day pre-kindergarten program.

Pre-K Counts participants (l-r) are: Stephnie Thornton – Susquehanna County CARES, Rachel Hobbs – Treasure House Pre-K Teacher, Mary Lee Salerno – Treasure House Pre-K Counts Coordinator, Donna Bloomer – Creative Curriculum Instructor.

“The Creative Curriculum” is already used in pre-kindergarten classrooms across Pennsylvania and the United States. It is a scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum that translates research and theory from the field of early education into a practical, easy to understand approach to working with children and their families.

Treasure House is able to offer pre-k instruction five days a week thanks to funding through a state initiative called Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts. Grants totaling $75 million have been distributed to providers across the state, targeting children at risk of school failure.

Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) is proud to partner with Treasure House Child Development Center, and also participated in the training. CARES is an early education community engagement group dedicated to enhancing the quality of early childcare and educational programs in Susquehanna County.

For more information regarding the Pre-K Counts program at Treasure House Child Development Center, contact Mary Lee Salerno at 1-800-252-0811 ext. 35 or via e-mail at

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