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HAJHS sets testing for new students

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg Area Junior High will conduct testing and orientation for students new to the district from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16 in the junior high auditorium.

This event is for students new to the district, entering grades seven, eight or nine in the fall of 2021.

The session will include discussion of curriculum with a guidance counselor, a brief tour and testing.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend with their child. Please take current report cards and standardized testing results. Call the junior high guidance department at 814-695-4426, ext. 6520, with questions.

CH seeks donations for biking program

CARROLLTOWN — All Kids Bike is a national program on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike. They are working to bring the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program to Cambria Heights Elementary School.

The program equips schools with everything they need to teach children how to ride; teacher training and certification, a structured eight-lesson curriculum, a fleet of Strider 14x Bikes, Pedal Conversion Kits, fully-adjustable helmets and a five-year support plan.

Launched in March 2018, there are already 342 schools in 42 states with All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Programs.

Principal Hilary Yahner, who applied for the program, said, “Physical education has become more than what is portrayed in TV or movies. PE teachers are given the task to teach our students the skills to be physically active for a lifetime. In order to do that, students no longer play dodgeball or have a PE philosophy of ‘roll the ball out and play.’

“Instead, students are taught skills of lifelong sports such as pickleball, anaerobic and aerobic activities, basketball and running, among other activities in an enjoyable, safe and supportive environment. All these sports can be played for the remainder of the students’ lives. Riding a bike is also one of these fundamental, lifelong activities.”

The Kindergarten PE Program is designed for children of all abilities and hopes to instill healthy habits at a young age. “One of the best ways to get kids active is to get them excited about bicycles,” says All Kids Bike board member Ryan McFarland, “It’s a skill that is going to serve them in life.”

To learn more about the program or make a donation, visit: https://support.allkidsbike.org/cambria-heights-elementary-school.

Teachers to apply for MAC Grants

Local McDonald’s restaurants are offering MAC Grants to help area middle school teachers “Make Activities Count” for their students.

The MAC Grants program provides financial support so teachers can supplement regular classroom curriculums with activities that the school’s budget may not allow. Since the program’s inception, McDonald’s restaurants have awarded more than $2.9 million to local teachers to support hands-on learning activities in their classrooms.

Fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teachers may apply for grants of up to $500 for interesting and educational projects. Applications are available at www.macgrants.com and must be submitted by Aug. 13.

Teachers can use grant money for funding their creative learning ideas such as energize a science lesson by building robots to test the earth’s soil, construct greenhouses to learn about the life cycle of indigenous plants or solve mysteries in their very own crime lab. Because McDonald’s is soliciting ideas from teachers, project ideas are limitless.

“MAC Grants allow teachers to revitalize their classes with fresh and innovative teaching methods,” said Dan Delligatti, president of the local consortium of McDonald’s owner/operators.

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