During a state House Education Committee meeting last Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Education Association President Dolores McCracken shared suggestions from educators and support professionals aimed at making Pennsylvania’s public schools safe from violence.
With lights flashing and sirens blaring, officers from the Macungie Police Department escorted the Keller family from a Fogelsville hotel back to their Macungie residence March 9 after the family’s week-long absence to allow volunteers to renovate portions of their home to better accommodate the needs of their five-year-old son Niko.
Executive Director Stephen Repasch announced at the March 8 board meeting progress continues in the ongoing legal drama of the authority’s wind energy program. The planned construction of maybe dozens of giant turbine towers and the studies to determine their effectiveness or environmental disruption in rural Carbon County have been opposed by some local residents for the past year.
The case is not going their way.
Valley Youth House’s Camp Fowler Festif 2017, presented by Highmark Blue Shield, raised over $56,000 for the camp thanks to the generous support of their donors.
Festif is a family fun event that combines cycling, trail running, entertainment, food, and fun.
Rides ranged from family friendly distances to a quad burning 52 miles or a 5K trail run through the beautiful 43 acre camp.
Experts and administrators of the Charter HS for the Arts met March 14 for a public panel discussion on school security. It was not coincidence that the day began with a nationwide 17-minute school walkout by teens seeking to move the debate on school shootings and gun violence.
The United States is no stranger to mass protest marches. One need only think of all the marches against the Vietnam War, the Women’s marches in Washington, The Million Man March to unite the black community, the annual March for Life, and countless others. But the nationwide marches that took place March 14 were different: participants were primarily high school students.
In the wake of yet another school shooting, this one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS a month ago, students in nearly 3,000 schools across the nation left their classrooms to send the nation a message.
Judge Stephen G. Baratta swore in new city council member Dr. Paige Van Wirt in a brief ceremony at the beginning of the regular meeting of the Bethlehem City Council Tuesday. Van Wirt was accompanied by Council Vice President Olga Negron. Dr. Van Wirt was appointed to replace Eric Evans, who resigned his council seat to be the new business manager for Bethlehem; Van Wirt took her seat immediately following being sworn in.
Physical Education teachers Philip Russell and David Jost spoke to the school board in the hope of gaining their support for the implementation of rock climbing walls at the Saucon Valley MS gymnasium.
The proposal is to construct two rock climbing walls that would be 30 feet high and 6 feet wide. Students would utilize all the necessary gear including ropes and safety harnesses. Teachers would receive training and would be re-certified on a regular basis.