Mo Valley Elementary rewards positive behavior
FLINTON -?The Moshannon Valley Elementary School held its annual ice cream social and spaghetti dinner on May 14 and 21.
The dinner was held to reward students for positive schoolwide behavior in the classroom and throughout the school building.
Students in Mrs. Cooper’s kindergarten class at Moshannon Valley Elementary School recently created STEM projects. STEM seeks to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. The students were given a task to create a freestanding letter of the alphabet without any directions, using only certain materials, and the letter had to meet specific criteria.
For the second consecutive year, Marina Coley, a 12th-grade student enrolled at the William P. Kimmel Alternative School, recently received the Project Wisdom Golden Rule Award. Presenting the award is Mary Kimmel. To qualify, a student must consistently demonstrate honorable behavior with adults and peers; demonstrate honesty, integrity, courtesy and kindness; demonstrate respect of self and others; serve as a role model to peers while being well-liked and respected; and maintain excellent conduct. This is the 13th year Kimmel students have taken part in Project Wisdom, a program which links character and academics.
To earn this recognition, students had to achieve a "Top Hat" or Principal's Award at least two out of the first three marking periods.
Students received invitations to the dinner and were allowed to bring parents, family and friends.
The ice cream social was for students in kindergarten through third grade. This event was sponsored by Sez Sew Stitching and Jimmy's Corner. More than 400 students, family, friends and staff were in attendance for the social.
The spaghetti dinner was sponsored by George Pry from Horrace Mann Insurance. This dinner was for students in fourth through sixth grades. Approximately 250 students, family, friends and staff attended.
These events included prizes such as: a trip for four to New York City from Fullington Bus Co., a bowling party from Moshannon Valley Super Bowl, ride and slide passes from DelGrosso's Amusement Park and Lakemont Park, free movie rentals from Videos Unlimited in Houtzdale and pizza from Lia's Pizza in Houtzdale.
Other sponsors included the Moshannon Valley PTO, Dan Rebar Contracting and Moshannon Valley Floral.
Student gets scholarship to attend Enterprise Week
Abdul Pearson of Altoona and a sophomore at Altoona Area High School, was granted a full scholarship to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2014's Aug. 3 to 9 session on the campus of Lycoming College, Williamsport.
Pearson is the son of Tiffeny Newman of Altoona.
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is a weeklong economic education program that offers students an inside look at the private enterprise system and the way the free market functions.
Teachers and counselors recommend the candidates who are then reviewed by the PFEW staff.
Admission is based on motivation to learn that is demonstrated through essays submitted by the applicants. Those accepted are awarded scholarships, which cover all program costs, excluding a registration fee and transportation.
Students are housed in dormitories, where they experience a taste of college life.
During the week, student "companies" simulate the actual operation of their own businesses for the equivalent of three years. Business volunteers serve as company advisers who mentor the students as they face many of the same decisions real executives confront.
The companies compete against each other in management skill, return on net assets, a marketing and advertising campaign and a presentation to stockholders.
Company advisers do not make decisions, but suggest available options and share their own experiences and challenges.
Scholarship winners learn the value of teamwork, cooperation and leadership.