Canon-Mac Spotlight: Blessings in a Backpack Program Extends to South Central Elementary School
A group of volunteers gathered in South Central Elementary School’s auditorium, formed an assembly line of sorts, and began working their way down a long table filled with boxed and canned foods, stuffing items into backpacks to send home with some of the pupils at the building.
The school is the second in the Canon-McMillan School District to benefit from a program called Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization that is designed to feed elementary school children over the weekend, so they can return to school Mondays ready to learn.
The local arm of the national nonprofit began distributing food to pupils in First Street Elementary School last year, and branched out to South Central this school year.
School administrators and other distinguished guests joined Blessings in a Backpack organizers and volunteers recently at South Central to celebrate the launch of the program there.
The nonprofit’s fundraiser, Carolyn Gentile, explained that families of children who may be eligible for the National School Lunch Program may also take advantage of Blessings in a Backpack.
She said for as little as $80 per eligible pupil, the program can fill a backpack full of food that will help supplement and complement their family’s pantry items over a 38-week period.
The group, which deals directly with Walmart in Trinity Pointe in Washington to order the food, works throughout the week to order, pick up, sort and pack it into backpacks that are then distributed to the children through their teachers each Friday.
Louise Carmichael, chair of the Blessings in a Backpack program, addressed the crowd at the South Central kickoff event, thanking volunteers, donors and supporters, and explaining that nearly 70 percent of U.S. school children qualify for the National School Lunch Program. For many of those children, she said, these school meals are their main source of nutrition during the week.
And the program, Carmichael added, realizes noticeable results – she said increased attendance, decreased school nurse visits, positive behavior and better test scores have all been attributed to the success of the program nationally.
First Street Elementary Principal Shannon Balch said the program has been well-received at her building.
“It’s a great way to help our students,” she said. “You never want a child to go hungry.”
South Central Principal Michelle Tomicek said, “Blessings in a Backpack is a wonderful organization that I am pleased to be part of this year at South Central. The efforts are 100 percent child focused."
Both Gentile and Carmichael said Blessings in a Backpack is actively seeking volunteers to help with everything from picking up food to packing it, and organizers added that financial donations are always welcome.
Want more information? Visit the nonprofit’s website at Blessingsinabackpack.org. Want to get involved? Call Carmichael at 724-344-5471. Need to know where to send donations to benefit our fellow Canon-Mac students? Here it is:
Blessings in a Backpack
P.O. Box 133
Venetia, PA 15367
Canon-Mac Spotlight: 10th Annual Jack-o-Lantern Jog Slated for Oct. 25; Proceeds Benefit Community Scholarship Foundation of CM
The Community Scholarship Foundation of Canon-McMillan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to awarding scholarships to Canon-Mac seniors continuing with post-secondary education, will host its 10th-annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at Central Van & Storage located at 595 Meadowlands Boulevard.
The Jack-O-Lantern Jog benefits The Community Scholarship Foundation of Canon-McMillan’s Dollars for Scholars program. All proceeds will be awarded as scholarships to deserving graduating students of the Canon-McMillan School District.
In May, the foundation awarded scholarships totaling $77,450 to 84 graduating seniors.
The 5K race is professionally scored by Miles of Smiles and is U.S. Track and Field sanctioned.Individual and team medals will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers.All 5K finishers will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal.
A one-mile stroll – or fun walk – is an untimed, unscored, family-friendly event, will also take place.
All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt, goodie bag and raffle tickets for both the basket raffle and grand prize drawing. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event, and prizes will be drawn promptly at 9 a.m. The grand-prize drawing will be drawn at the end of the race. Winners must be present to claim all prizes.
Pre-registration for the race is $23 and day-of registration is $25.
Participants can register on line at www.active.com.
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Canon-Mac Spotlight: Meet the CM High School Homecoming Court!
Canon-McMillan High School’s homecoming court has been announced!
This year’s king and queen will be crowned at the homecoming game this Friday, Oct. 10, against Upper St. Clair.
The homecoming dance will be held Saturday at the high school.
(Left to right, top row)
Jonathan Weese, Jared Hladycz, Josh Kruczek, Ethan Marra not pictured is Ethan Linderman.
(Left to right, bottom row)
Adriana Sciulli, Anna Chelli, Emma Engel, Elizabeth Beachy, Mackenzie Klutch.
Canon-Mac Spotlight: National Anthem Anniversary Celebrated at Cecil Intermediate School
A celebration was held recently at Cecil Intermediate School to honor and observe the 200-year anniversary of the penning of our National Anthem.
Participants gathered around the flagpole in front of the building Sept. 12 – where 11 sixth-graders read a brief history of the War of 1812, and the events that led Francis Scott Key to write the poem that would become our National Anthem.
Those students included: Madison, Caroline, Mallory , Owen , Hayley , Carrera , Ty , Sarah , Braiden, Liz and Alexis .
The event concluded with a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by four students from the Canon-McMillan High School ensemble - Bella – who sang the anthem a cappella. Those students included: junior tenor Drew , senior alto Amber , senior soprano Brianna and junior bass Nick . Their director is Ms. Maggie Sisson.
Cecil Intermediate music teacher Cheri McIlvaine said the event reinforced what her sixth-graders have been studying: Not only our National Anthem’s history, but also its lyrics and how to sing the tune accurately.
The mission of the Canon-McMillan School District, in partnership with the community, is to invest in our greatest resource, our students. We strive to teach, challenge and support all students to prepare them for college and careers with the information and skills necessary to compete, achieve and serve as leaders in a global economy as ethical and responsible citizens.
The vision of the Canon-McMillan School District is to graduate all students with the ethical and effective communication, critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in an evolving global economy.
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