By: Christie Baldwin/Senior Writer
Two of Blue Ridge’s Elementary Teachers received educational support grants from the Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) at the Blue Ridge School District board meeting on December 3, 2019.
The grants were presented by Ellen Holdredge the PASR Education Support Chairman and John Manchester the Chapter President.
Robin Orner, a first-grade teacher is planning to use the grant to help her students become more organized and responsible within the classroom. Since Orner’s students sit at long tables there is limited room for their materials. Therefore, Orner’s grant will be used toward pockets that will be located on the back of their chairs. The pockets will contain a writing journal, research folder, and books that they are reading currently.
Trudi Hepler, a second-grade teacher is planning to use the grant for her themed units and the many projects that go along with the themes. One of the units is on bugs, mainly honeybees. An apiarist visits after the students have finished their research on the topic and the books that they’ve hand-made about the subject. Towards the end of the year, there is a unit on community helpers. However, some of the projects include costumes which the grant will help to enhance the quality of. This also includes poster boards, incidentals, and plastic sleeves that hold the student’s insect books.
Blue Ridge benefits tremendously from these generous grants that will help students actively learn in the classroom to better their education.