(04/28/2009)
Submitted by Tami Allen

Development Committee meets at Arnoldsburg Elementary

Principal Bryan Sterns welcomed the Glenville State College Professional Development Schools Committee group to Arnoldsburg school April 8.

After a tour of the Arnoldsburg facility, Chairman Kevin Cain a professor at GSC called the meeting to order.

Arnoldsburg Elementary gave a report on the Action Research Grant they received through the committee. The school received $3000 to provide an after-school Acuity tutor to provide instruction in 21st Century Learning to approximately 20 students per week. Glenville Elementary, Burnsville Elementary, and Lewis County High School also reported on grants they have received.

The committee, which includes teachers from all over the region, were quite impressed with Arnoldsburg's use of technology and the school's new lockers.

Chastity Bunch, special education teacher at Arnoldsburg, serves as the school's representative on the PDS Committee.

Book Fair, huge success

Title 1 held their annual spring book fair the last week of March. They had a total sale of $2,370.89. The book profits were $1,649.45. These books will be given to the school library, and each student will receive three books in May.

Title 1 would like to thank everyone who supported the book fair, including 17 parent volunteers who came in and helped students select books and make purchases. Also, they would like to thank the Y Restaurant for allowing them to place a donation jar in their establishment.

Safety Day Arnoldsburg Elementary student's participated in "Safety Day," April 23. They were visited by Smokey Bear, Calhoun Emergency Services, and Volunteer Fire Departments. Students also learned about hunting, ATV and gun safety as well as when and how to call 911.

Parent Workshop

Title 1 and the Parent Educator Resource Center (PERC) hosted a parent workshop April 24. "Helping Children Eat Right and Be Active" was the topic. Presenters, Patsy Kisner and Lisa Groves shared the benefits of exercise and healthy eating. Five parents were in attendance.

Some keys to motivating family exercise: Find out what your children like to do and make this a focus of family activities; Promote "play time" not exercise; Limit television, computer and video games; Buy toys and gifts that promote physical activity.

Tips for healthy eating: Eat regular family meals; Have a variety of healthy foods and snacks available; Adults should be role models by eating healthy; Avoid battling with your kids over food; Allow kids to help with meals.


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