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MASD 4th Grade Succeeds
By Melinda Darrow

Montrose School District has enterprising fourth graders, who set out this year to study and measure water tables and the water shed. Funded by an environmental education grant program and spearheaded by their educator Mrs. Lathrop, the fourth grade class learned many things. Six girls, Evelyn Kile, Annelise Mittmann, Genna Smith, Kylie Robinson, Paige Dolaway, and Lyndsey Kerr, attended the meeting to read excerpts to the board from essays they wrote about the experience. The girls reported that they learned to read PH scales and what it meant to be neutral, basic, or acidic, tested water for iron, etc., realized that hard water isn't actually hard, and played a virtual watershed game to discern a mystery site by testing water samples. Lyndsey pointed out that less than three percent of water on the earth is usable. The program is designed to help these students discover, then, how to conserve that water. The girls and Mrs. Lathrop received the standard certificate and handshake acknowledgment. Mrs. Lathrop received a little additional acknowledgment from Mr. Addams, who stated that good schools come out of great instructors such as she.

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Oakland Gets Update

Karen Armitage, president of the Parks and Rec. committee, was present at the August 13 Oakland Boro Council meeting to give an update of the committee's plans and activities. She presented two awards that had been given to Parks and Rec., one in recognition of their participation in Susquehanna's Hometown Days and one from the PSAB in recognition of Oakland's 125th anniversary celebration that had taken place on August 8.

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