Weather held up the start of two of Solanco School District's major construction projects, business manager Sandra Tucker said last week.
School project to start this summer
Expanding and renovating Clermont Elementary School and Swift Middle School will cost less than Solanco School District officials estimated.
The work in the two schools will cost $16.5 million, well under the estimate of $17.3 million the district's architect anticipated.
"We were very pleased that we had the number of offers we did. It was a nice selection," said Solanco School District business manager Sandy Tucker.
Clermont preps for 25th anniversary
When school opens in late August, students, teachers, and parents will be putting the final touches on a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of Clermont Elementary's opening.
Clermont gets a new playground
Clermont Elementary School's wooden replica of Robert Fulton's steamboat was getting old and not aging gracefully.
"It was falling apart and it only had one sliding board. It was more of a playhouse than a playground. We needed something with more bells and whistles," said Katie Neff, president of the school's parent teacher organization.
Students at Clermont Elementary School spent Friday reading from Dr. Seuss books and taking part in other activities as the school celebrated Read Across America. Click read more to view photo gallery.
Twelve days of Christmas food drive
Members of Clermont Elementary’s student council have been running the school’s annual 12 Days of Christmas food drive. By Thursday afternoon, December 17, the school’s students had donated 5,881 items. The drive won’t end until Tuesday, December 22, and organizers hope they will reach this year’s goal of 8,000 items. The non-perishable food items will be taken to the Solanco Food Bank at the end of the drive. Last year, the school’s students provided 6,000 items for the food bank.
Hundreds of Clermont Elementary School students raced around a rectangular course on Friday, October 3, to raise money for school programs.
This year's event had a Wild Safari theme, highlighted by stuffed tigers and lions on two course turns, a safari Jeep, and volunteers wearing safari hats.
There were prizes for the most laps recorded by a girl and by a boy at each grade level. All participants got an apple from Musser's Market and a bag of chips from Herr Foods.
The school's Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the annual Race for Education.
By last Friday afternoon, drivers entering Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222) from Swift Rd. had a better chance of avoiding an accident.
Fulton Township's crew, assisted by workers from Little Britain Township and excavator Andrew Jackson, worked throughout last week to make the intersection less dangerous.
The crews used loaders, dump trucks, and a grader to remove an embankment that blocked the view of drivers trying to pull out on Rt. 222.
He doesn't know what the prize is, but Solanco Food Service Director Matt Kirchoff wants the district's schools to win the state's latest competition.
"We've entered each school in Pennsylvania's school breakfast challenge," he said last week.
To meet the state's goal, each school has to increase the percentage of students eating breakfast 30 percent.
Students at Clermont Elementary School collected enough food this month to fill a box truck.
The students, who began donating items December 3, wrapped up their drive Wednesday, December 18. The items were then taken to the Solanco Food Bank.
By the time they were finished, the kids accumulated 5,855 items, ranging from Pop Tarts and cooking oil to canned vegetables and granola bars. They also donated personal care items, including shampoo, toothpaste, and dish soap.
Clermont Elementary u-Knight-ed for a cause
The sun burning through Friday, October 4's early morning haze was hot enough to make Jeff Craig sweat.
Craig was taking the first shift in a suit of plastic armor, helping Clermont Elementary students focus on their Race for Education's theme - We are United.