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Town Council receives school projects update

August 06, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Elementary School Principal Karen Stroup updated the Town Council on several ongoing projects during Monday night's meeting.

Stroup, who has been principal for the past year, said she is committed to improving the students' test scores in reading and math.

The school received a Reading is Fundamental grant for $1,188 that provides low-cost books for the elementary school, Stroup said.

Through the program each child would receive at least three books to keep, she said.

Stroup asked the Town Council to pay $400 to match a portion of the grant and the council voted to do so.

The elementary school also received the "Family, Fitness and Fun" grant, which provides money for fitness activities. Stroup said she will use the grant to buy supplies for afterschool events such as a student/parent volleyball night, crafts and a book club. The amount of the grant was unavailable.

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"We need to provide things for families to do together," Stroup said.

Stroup also informed the council about projects related to the elementary school building.

The school parking lot is poorly lighted and is a haven for older teenagers to park and drink, Stroup said.

Stroup has asked for better lighting in the lot to deter criminal activity.

Stroup said the entryway construction project, which includes rebuilding the front steps, installing new curbs, pavement and a handicapped-accessible walkway is continuing.

The school will host a picnic on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. for teachers, students and parents to socialize, Stroup said.

The event is sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization.

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