Thursday, October 31, 2013

REA Safe Night Collects for Food Pantry

On the tails of filling an entire school bus with food for North Coventry Food Pantry on Friday October 25th's Make a Difference Day, 842 children and 573 adults came to the high school bearing more non-perishable food to help hungry families get through the winter. The North Coventry Food Pantry will benefit from the generous spirit of our families and the good planning of the Roberts Education Association.

Teachers, students, school board members and community groups came together to rally for the food pantry and keep kids in a safe environment on Halloween. Pictured below the high school honors stage choir , the 7-ups, stroll through the halls of the high school entertaining families with their awesome show tunes.

Although there was not shortage of candy, there was plenty to offer children other than sweets. Animal Studies students had a "petting zoo" and some of the animals even wore costume. East Coventry Girls on the Run presented a Ghouls on the Run relay activity. The Championship Wildcat Wrestling Team let kids get their hands gooey in cauldrons of slimy science experiments. About 50 groups representing each of our 7 schools participated.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Safe Halloween Event Tonight

Owen J. Roberts Teachers Transform High School into Halloween Extravaganza

Children to Walk the Halls Not the Streets at “Safe Trick-or-Treat Night”
Pottstown, PA:  In many rural parts of Pennsylvania, where sidewalks are not common, trick or treating could pose safety and logistical issues for communities.  Presented with this scenario, teachers and members of the Roberts Education Association (REA) decided to bring trick-or-treating inside, providing a safe and fun environment for children in the community.

On Wednesday, October 30th from 6 -8 p.m., Owen J. Robert High School (981 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465) will be transformed into a Halloween extravaganza.  Children will walk the halls of the high school and collect candy given by teachers from all district buildings, High School and Middle School clubs and sports, OJR School Board members and community organizations.  In addition, there will be many fall and Halloween themed activities such as relay races, mazes, games, a petting zoo, and a leveled reading area.  There will also be information stands such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation, and Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

We wanted to provide a fun night for our elementary students,” said Karin Suzadail, an Owen J. Roberts teacher and one of the organizers of Safe Trick-or-Treat Night. “They can get the experience of trick or treating in a safe environment.  

“I remember growing up here and my parents had to drive me around to go trick or treating,” said Mark DeFusco an OJR alumnus, teacher and parent.  “We walked in the road because there aren’t many sidewalks in the district.  We felt this event is a great way to support our children and our community.” 

REA teachers ask each person to bring a minimum of one can of nonperishable food per child for admission.  The collected food will be donated to the Coventry Food Pantry which has served families in the Owen J. Roberts School District for 30 years.  Last year the Pantry served 122 families in the school district.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Students Share Service Opportunities

As part of the Superintendent’s Report to the Board of Directors at the Regular Business Meeting on Monday, October 28, 2013, Dr. Michael Christian introduced representatives from three student groups who described their dedication to community service.

Wildcat Ambassadors
The purpose of Wildcat Ambassadors is to help integrate new students into the friendly Owen J Roberts community and volunteer services wherever needed to maintain a warm, inviting culture.
Key initiatives include helping at Cavalcade, Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Senior Citizen Concert and Tea. Ambassadors have ongoing interactions with eighth graders to help them transition comfortably into high school. The club has about 40 selective members who are willing to represent Owen J. Roberts and participate in ways that demonstrate hospitality.
Recently, Wildcat Ambassadors served the community by helping with Halloween Safe Night and conducting a tour for the Class of 1993.

Key Club
Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. There are approximately 90 members of Owen J. Roberts Key Club who continue to contribute to our community. Key Club members often tutor to students of all ages. Some of the events Key Club helps with are the OJR Education Foundation Clothing Sales, K-Kids dinner and the Philabundance Great Food Fight. (Owen J. Roberts is a defending champion for two consecutive years in this giant effort to feed the hungry in our region.)

Many students choose to make a contribution to a community service or charity to learn and apply the principles of the numerous components of marketing management. Students are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating a community service project through DECA.

Spencer Miller & Shannon Harris representing Wildcat Ambassadors

Parth Dadhania and Alex Buruschkin representing Key Club

Noah Edgecliffe-Johnson describes how DECA provides opportunities for service learning