As a culminating activity in the seventh year of the Parkland School District Education Foundation’s existence, the foundation board of directors awarded 47 Celebrate Innovation grants totaling $134,660 to enrich the current curriculum for a wide range of students, staff and community members.
Seventeen awards were given to the eight elementary schools, 14 went to the two middle schools, and seven were awarded to the high school.
Additionally, nine grants will serve the district at large.
Thursday, Sept. 20: M.S., H.S.: Nachos with seasoned black beans, turkey and cheese melt on pretzel bun, steamed brown rice. Elem.: Pizza, cereal meal, also.
Friday, Sept. 21: M.S., H.S.: Toasted cheese sandwich, chicken nuggets, dinner roll, cream of tomato soup. Elem.: Pizza, cereal meal, also.
Monday, Sept. 24: Elem.: Mini chicken sliders, stuffed crust sticks with sauce, salad bar, dinner roll, cereal meal, baked beans, green pepper strips with dip. M.S., H.S.: Chicken patty sandwich, stuffed crust sticks with sauce, baked beans.
The Diocese of Allentown has announced the planned opening of the nation’s first Catholic-run high school for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Kolbe Academy is scheduled open its doors next September to up to 90 ninth through 12th grade students in need of an environment designed to cater to recovery. Curriculum, staff and counselors will be all focused on teens in need.
Diocese Department of Education Deputy Superintendent of Secondary and Special Education Dr. Brooke Tesche began work on the project two years ago.
Upper Macungie Township fire departments, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Upper Macungie police recently sponsored the 2018 Junior Emergency Services Academy at Upper Macungie Station 56.
The academy, from July 23-27, was designed to introduce 12- to 16-year-olds to public service organizations.
During the week, the youth were involved in drills and classroom activities to help make them aware of the type of support needed to keep a community safe.
Instructors were members of the townships emergency response organizations.
Children attending Parkland Community Library’s “Libraries Rock” programs at Parkland elementary schools this summer, including Jaindl Elementary, learned the importance of libraries and reading.
Open to children from kindergarten to fifth grade, this fun, entertaining and educational interactive program was led by Jaclyn Hoimes, director of youth services with the library.
It was “Shark Day” at Jaindl Elementary School as Hoimes read “The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark” to the children.
They then set about crafting their own sharks using clothes pins.
Eric Gopen, a Parkland High School teacher, has received a $2,000 grant as part of 2018 Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition.
Voya Financial Inc. is a leading provider of workplace retirement solutions.
Gopen’s innovative teaching idea, “Emergency Medical Technician,” focuses on providing students with the opportunity to earn a national registry EMT certification that can be used to work on an ambulance anywhere in the country.
With the Voya grant, students will learn about the human body and how to handle medical and traumatic emergencies.
Sixteen high schoolers and five leaders from Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, traveled to Houston this summer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America National Youth Gathering.
They joined more than 30,000 other young people and leaders from around the country at the event held in the NRG Stadium.
Worship was led by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Bishop of the ELCA.
The contemporary Christian group, 10th Avenue North, performed in concert.
Thursday, Sept. 13: M.S., H.S.: Chicken fries, hot dog on roll, pierogies, baked beans. Elem.: Cereal meal and salad bar, also. No pierogies
Friday, Sept. 14: Elem.: Mini burger sliders, chicken patty sandwich, salad bar, dinner roll, cereal meal, Tater Tots, steamed corn. M.S., H.S.: Cheese steak on roll, chicken patty sandwich,Tater Tots. M.S.:Steamed corn, also.
Monday, Sept. 17: M.S., H.S.: Mini corn dogs, cheddar cheese meatloaf, sandwich on a roll, mashed potatoes with gravy. Elem.: Pizza, cereal meal, also.
Thursday, Sept.6: M.S., H.S.: Mozzarella sticks with sauce, cheeseburger on roll, dinner roll. M.S.: steamed vegetable, also. Elem.: Pizza, cereal meal, steamed vegetable, also.
Friday, Sept. 7: Elem.: Soft shell taco with taco fiesta black beans, chicken nuggets, pizza, cereal meal, steamed brown rice. M.S., H.S.: Walking taco with taco fiesta black beans, chicken nuggets, steamed brown rice.
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