Association supports Project SOAR
Members of the Altoona Area Education Association recently presented Altoona Area School District's Project SOAR program with a check for $334.
The monies were raised at the annual AAEA Variety Show that included performances by Altoona Area School District teachers, as well as a guest appearance from Felix and the Hurricanes.
Members of the Altoona Area Education Association recently presented a check For $334 to Project SOAR, a structured orientation and mentoring program at the Altoona Area School District designed to assist students in achieving their post-secondary education goals. Taking part in the check presentation were (from left): Doug Rosenberry, AAEA president/AAHS teacher; Breanne Venios, AAHS teacher; Dan Reed and Stephanie Pardee, AAHS students, and Kathy O’Rourke, Project SOAR director.
The variety show featured dance, music and dog show performances. The evening concluded with a special guest performance from Felix and the Hurricanes, which included AAHS English teacher Steve Oswalt singing vocals.
"As an organization we wanted to support a project that most directly affected our students," said AAEA President Doug Rosenberry. "Project SOAR is a perfect fit. We know these funds will be used to assist students with their post-secondary education expenses."
Project SOAR (Study, Overcome, Achieve, Reward) is a structured orientation and mentoring program designed to assist students in achieving their post-secondary education goals. Tax-deductible contributions to the program may be made to the Altoona Area School District Foundation, 1415 Sixth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602. Write Project SOAR in the memo line.
Shawnee to hold kids fishing derby
SCHELLSBURG -?A free kids fishing derby for carp and catfish will be sponsored by the Friends of Shawnee State Park from 7 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Participants must be 15 years or younger, and all fish must be caught from Shawnee Lake.
Participants must register by calling the park office at 733-4218. Weigh-ins will be held at regular intervals near Lil Joe's Boat Concession, and trophies will be awarded.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, the park will present "Pennsylvania's Geologic Rock and Roll." This geologic adventure explains how the sliding, colliding and tearing of the earth's plates produced today's area landscape.
During the presentation, participants will hear of Pennsylvania's "lost mountains" and dinosaurs in Bedford County. There is no charge for this program, which will be held in the Historic and Interpretive Center located at the main office.
For more information, stop by the park office at 132 State Park Road, Schellsburg, or call 733-4218 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. For additional information, call Ron Barlick at 733-4892.
If you need accommodations to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Shawnee State Park office at least three days before your visit.
StrongWomen forming in Huntingdon
HUNTINGDON -?Ready to get back into a regular routine of physical activity? Consider joining the StrongWomen program sponsored by Penn State Extension and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital.
It is a safe, motivating, highly effective weight-bearing physical activity program that includes food, health and nutrition education information.
The 12-week StrongWomen session begins on Sept. 22 and ends Dec. 15. Classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the J.C. Blair Education Center, 860 Bryan St.
The program is based on years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improves the health of women of all ages. The program is targeted to both sedentary and active women.
For more information or to register, contact Sharon McDonald at 940-5989 or visit extension.psu.edu/health/strongwomen/events.
The early bird registration fee is $75 for the 12-week session. After Sept. 8, the fee is $80 with a deadline of Sept. 15.
Juniata Civics to meet Sept. 2
The Juniata Civic Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Juniata Pavilion.
At the August meeting, the association held a corn boil. Vice President Cam Pickens called on Sports Chairman Don Beichler to give an update on the future of the Memorial Park and the Juniata Sports Complex.
This discussion will continue at the September and October meetings as the association must consider some changes to be made at these facilities.
A large attendance is urged as many projects are being planned for the fall and winter.