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Jersey Shore Elementary celebrates advisory council

This year, Ms. Adrienne Johnston, principal, and Mrs. Jennifer Berry-Propst, assistant principal, were determined to initiate a Student Advisory Council at Jersey Shore Area Elementary School. The idea had been brewing for four years, an inspiration based on the idea of encouraging student leaders. Three teachers have stepped up to lead the advisory council including Samantha Moon, Alison Tripoli and Sara Smith.

A kick-off event was planned and students in fourth and fifth grade signed up at the beginning of September to be a part of JSE’s Student Advisory Council. Students voted on their class representative and the first meeting was held on Oct. 1.

We are very proud of our “founding” student representatives: Jemma Kowalchick, Parker Peters, Brynlee Nichols, Riley Bowmaster, Asha Dallen, Dominic Dincher, Tanner Stroup, Kenna Notevarp, Zander McDermott, Riley Barner, Adalynn Cupp, Ava Knipe, Emily Shemory, and Wyatt Stroup. SAC kicked off the year with a door decorating contest to promote positive school culture.

The Student Advisory Council introduced their first community service project to the student body in October, DWELL Orphan Care. Located in Wiliamsport, DWELL supports foster and adoptive families in Lycoming County. Support is offered through:

• The Hope Chest, Dwell’s foster closet, offers clothing, shoes and necessities

• Parent Care Groups, fondly referred to as The Dwelling Place.

• Care packages for new foster placements

• Trauma Informed Training for caregivers to support at-risk children placed in their home

• Adoption grants

Jersey Shore Elementary students could support the DWELL Community Service project in two ways, either by donating items for the care packages, such as school supplies, art materials, and Legos or, they could participate in the Coin War by donating coins in their grade level bin.

We are proud of the efforts of our students and families.

The student body donated 784 items and $237.61.

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