South sends donations to Harvey

Hurricane Harvey survivors were on the minds of elementary students in South Williamsport Area School District.

Kathy Furman, Central Elementary School principal, said a service project over three days brought in a little more than $1,050.

Furman made the announcement at the school board meeting Monday night.

Each of the children, if they wanted to, was asked to donate $1, Furman said.

Staff also contributed, she said.

The donations were turned over to the American Red Cross.

The service project taught the students about the need for donations for such agencies and caring for neighbors in southeastern Texas.

In the board meeting it was noted Emily Wagner, a newly hired guidance counselor, has been able to procure a $5,000 grant toward helping students to determine their career pathway.

Wagner was credited with having a positive interaction with parents and students.

Dwight Woodly, director of innovative services, gave an overview of a recent tour of the district by the Class of 1967.

The class tour participants shared their thoughts in a single letter saying it was impressed with renovations.

Some 50 or 60 who took the tour said the district and its staff are providing a foundation for the world’s outstanding and incredible graduates, Woodly said.

In other business:

• Teachers and administrators were invited to have lunch in the cafeteria. The menu items are online.

• Board member Nicholas Fiorini asked if there is a cap on the number of students, focusing his concern based on a constituent question, on kindergarten class. At this time there is no cap and that presents a challenge when there are between 81 and 101 students of this age group, according to Dr. Mark Stamm, superintendent.

• Board member Gregory Anthony noted the number of parents attending the recent open house with teachers. However, he also chided those individuals who failed to attend the opportunity to interact with teachers.