Project pairs Greencastle school board members with kids

February 08, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Two administrators in the Greencastle-Antrim School District have started a project aimed at creating opportunities and relationships between school board members and students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Project S.H.A.R.E. (Sustaining Harmony in Academics and Relationships within Education), which was first presented to the school board in October, pairs each school board member with a student. Additionally, Acting Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover, Acting Director of Secondary Education Mary Frey, Director of Secondary Education Robert Crider and Business Manager Richard Lipella were each paired with a student.

"It's to provide opportunities for relationships between a student and a caring adult," said Angela Singer, principle of Greencastle-Antrim Primary School and one of the administrators that began the project. "To keep at the forefront of the administrators' minds (the) students that are impacted by the decisions they make."

During the Jan. 3 school board meeting, the students and school board administrators interacted with a focus on language arts.


Students were asked to bring in a piece of art and reading material to share, said Chad Stover, principle of Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School and the other administrator heading the project.

The students will attend two more school board meetings - one in March, where math will be the focus, and one in May, where Character Counts will be the focus.

During the first interaction in October, students and school board members interviewed one another and drew each other's pictures, Singer said.

"Mrs. Singer had the idea and I helped develop it," Stover said.

"All the buildings are assigned to do pre-sessions (at school board meetings)," Singer said. "I knew I wanted it to involve kids."

Pre-sessions are the 30 minutes before each school board meeting begins.

Hoover, who was paired with first-grader Ethan Murr, said the project is going well.

"The idea was for the board members to see the progress that their student is making throughout the year to give them an indication of how everyone is progressing," Hoover said. "For the students, it gives them another adult that is showing interest in their education. I think everyone wins, but especially the board members."

School board members also are asked to interact with their students in the classroom, Stover said.

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