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C-K Elementary raises money for St. Jude’s

CLAYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School kicked off its second annual coin drive for St. Jude’s Sept. 6 with a toboggan “hat day.” The students wore knit hats to show their support for children who have experienced hair loss resulting from treatment for cancer or other devastating illnesses.

The entire student body attended an informative assembly with Kendra Myers from Chili’s Restaurant in Altoona, who explained how this national chain hosts an annual fundraising effort in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

The students were challenged to bring in coins to help Chili’s Restaurant in this endeavor. Chili’s offered a free lunch reward, delivered to the school, for the entire homeroom who accumulated the most money for St. Jude’s during the following week. They were further challenged by Mr. Hall, elementary principal, who agreed to being hit by water balloons from the students from that winning homeroom.

By the end of the week, the CKE students pulled together, 98 rolls of quarters, 138 rolls of dimes, 127 rolls of nickels, 415 rolls of pennies and miscellaneous change and paper bills for an amazing total of $3,170.55 from their coin drive.

The faculty and staff added an additional $345.86 from a “dress down day,” for a total contribution of $3,516.41 toward Chili’s national goal for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s total exceeded CKE’s 2018 contribution by $1,463.77.

Two homerooms were very close in competition: Mrs. Shaw’s fourth-grade class and Mr. Hartman’s kindergarten class. Chili’s agreed to reward both homerooms with lunch and Mr. Hall agreed also to being “water ballooned” by both classes during a check presentation assembly Oct. 4.

Glendale sixth-graders tour mummy exhibit

FLINTON — On Dec. 6, the sixth-grade classes of Suzanna Coakley, Jenny Williams and Stephanie Kasaback traveled to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh as part of a field trip funded by “Challenge Grants for Teachers” program of the Glendale Education Foundation.

The 70 total students had been studying ancient Egypt and mummies in their social studies classes, and the traveling mummy exhibit at the museum appeared opportunely for these students to experience a real life exhibit.

The “Mummies Around the World” exhibit featured human and animal mummies, as well as many artifacts found in tombs and burial places from around the world.

Back in the classroom, students are utilized information gathered from the exhibit, as well as material they explored in the classroom to write informational essays about what they experienced and learned.

In addition to touring the exhibit, students were able to experience several other displays encountered throughout the museum — including those on water, weather, robotics, inside the body and trains. Additionally students enjoyed being able to climb, jump, play and soar on the various equipment at the Carnegie Sports Center annex.

The students and teachers expressed their thanks to the Glendale Education Foundation whose grant funding made this educational trip possible.

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