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Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month
Local Students Meet Reading Challenge
The Stars Shine At FCR Elementary
Blue Ridge School Honors Veterans

Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month

Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal of the Elk Lake School is pleased to announce the October, 2008 Student of the Month award winners.

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 - Rexford Gregory, Kaylee Eckert, Brandon Gibbons, Bridget Gochenaur; row 2 – Kyle Oakes, Katelyn Blaisure, Griffin Bunnell, Harlee Baker, David McClain Miranda Decker; row 3 – Jared Ely, Mercedes Zajaczkowski, Katie Karnhak, Montana Kerr, Kyle Vanderfeltz, Jaden Baker, Liam Trunk. Absent from photo: Tavy Lattimer.

Students in third and fourth grades were selected by their homeroom teachers. Students may be selected as Student of the Month from four different areas. Those four areas are academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and most improved.

Elk Lake is proud of their students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.

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Local Students Meet Reading Challenge

The Subway restaurant in Montrose is doing its part to support the community. Scott Quigg, owner of the restaurant, and staff are participating in a “Read a Book” program at local schools. Students at Lathrop Street Elementary were given the challenge to read a set number of books in the month of October, by Librarian Natalie Hawley. Each grade level was encouraged to read at their levels, and when they reached the goal, they received an achievement certificate and a coupon for a free “Fresh Fit Kids Meal” at Subway of Montrose.

The following Lathrop Street Elementary School students met the challenge.

Kindergarten: Cory Brown, Devin Shaffer, Jazmine Coon, Jenna Myers, Kylie Fassett, Matthew Rutherford-Hodge, Aiden Birchard, Bridget Bendock, Elizabeth Chidester, Hunter Taylor, Jeff Smith, Kelley Warner, Kory Thompson, Laikey Wheaton, Madison Baker, Samantha Lonzinski, Shaun Ivey, Cameron Thompson, Chris Miller, Dillon Singer, Elizabeth Lathrop, Emily Birchard, Hailey Dalton, Lindsey Coy, Cade Mooney, Connor Stone, Haley Welch, Hunter Heeman, Jonathan Lyden, Margo McVaugh, Meghan Barlow, Spencer Keihl.

First Grade: Aiden Tuttle, Anna Campbell, Catherine Strickland, Gabriellia Bruce, Jessica Fassler, Mara Potts, Melanie Curtis, Riley Millard, Zachary Oleniacz, Bryden Huff, Dalton McCollum, Grace Sprout, Hanna Perkins, Jackson Considine, Julia Morgan, Kathryn Lathrop, Rowan Ryan, Vanessa Muller, Chyenne Stein, Damion Rohan, Jaren Parker, Brianna Welch, Caroline Stack, Donovan Oliver, Mary Chidister, Nick Coy, Sean Knight.

Second Grade: Elizabeth Lyden, Jasmin Slater, Jennifer Tometchko, Liam Mead, Tyler Andre, Bailey Huff, Brendan Huff, Lauren Van Nostrand, Brianna Spence, Colin Spellman, Collin Chidester, Mikayla Carlton, Nicholas Robinson, Riley Jenson.

Third Grade; Amanda Mogridge, Ariana Brand, Erika Howell, Joseph Mann, Kristen Smith, Megan Birchard, Taylor Kamansky Jerry Fassett.

Fourth Grade: Christopher Spence, Ivy Chance, Owen Brewer, Mary Lewis, Paige Dolaway, Ethen Stankiewiczm, Tatiana Sangadzhieva.

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The Stars Shine At FCR Elementary

The “stars” came out Thursday, October 23 at Forest City Regional Elementary School. As part of a “Night of STARS” event, about 30 families enjoyed an evening of information and entertainment based on a stars theme.

Parents learned about several quality early learning initiatives in Pennsylvania including Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and Keystone STARS. Program Manager for Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) Stephnie Thornton explained how the initiatives are making a difference in the lives of young children. Pennsylvania is investing $86 million in Pre-K Counts programs across the state. Because of the investment, nearly 12,000 children at risk for school failure are now in quality, free pre-k programs.

The regional managers of the Keystone STARS, Angela Newman and Kathleen Kuharchik explained about the voluntary state initiative that gives star rankings to childcare providers. Levels range from one star to four, based on four areas: staff education, learning environment, leadership and management and partnerships with the community. There are nearly a dozen Keystone STAR providers in Susquehanna County, and more childcare providers have expressed an interest in participating in the program designed to enhance the quality of care children receive.

Parents, along with their children continued on their “star” journey by learning about stars and the solar system from two astronomers. Carol Leola and Jim Spangler of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society set up telescopes for star viewing.

“Star” Children’s Author/Illustrator Lindsay Barrett George offered insights into her books, including her latest adventure, Alfred Digs. Every child also left with a copy of the book, along with several other goodies. WYOU-TV “Star” David Kuharchik acted as the evening MC and capped the event by selecting raffle ticket winners of various prizes.

The “Night of STARS” was sponsored by Susquehanna County CARES, the Wayne County Children’s Coalition, United Way of Lackawanna County Success by Six and Forest City Regional School District. It would not have been possible without the support of several volunteers, including representatives from the Forest City’s Parent Teacher Organization and the high school student council.

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Blue Ridge School Honors Veterans

Blue Ridge Elementary School marked Veterans’ Day by holding an assembly, which was attended by all students in grades Pre-K through fifth. The event welcomed members of the Hallstead American Legion and Auxiliary, Great Bend VFW and Auxiliary, and several members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. The yearly event included a message from Ron Cranage, Commander of VFW Post 6223 about the significance of Veterans’ Day, and introductions of Veterans and Auxiliary in attendance by Terry Rafferty, Commander of American Legion Post 357 and Betty Booth, Auxiliary President of American Legion Post 357. The fifth grade select choir, under the direction of Miss Kristen Small, sang our “National Anthem,” “Those Who Served,” “Our Heroes Will Live On,” and “This Land is Your Land.”

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