HOUTZDALE — Moshannon Valley Jr./Sr. High School students are helping their fellow students through a new program.
Rachel’s Locker opened Monday at the school with a mission of supplying seasonal garments such as coats, hats and scarves, clothing, shoes and school supplies to students who need them.
Students who require items can apply anonymously to receive them through the school’s website by clicking on the Rachel’s Locker icon and then filling out a form that will only be seen by school staff. Members of the staff will assist the student in visiting Rachel’s Locker so they can choose from available items.
Members of the school district’s Friends of Rachel organization will help keep the space stocked, neat and tidy.
The school’s President of Friends of Rachel Abby Wilson, said the idea for Rachel’s Locker was a spinoff from a program Rachel’s Challenge that Moshannon Valley students attended last year at West Branch Area High School. Rachel’s Challenge is a nationwide organization that works to reduce bullying and violence through programs that emphasize kindness and understanding.
Wilson said a brainstorming session was held during the program at West Branch where students thought of events and programs that could help their fellow students.
“Things that would get others involved and meet a need,” Wilson said.
Wilson said Rachel’s Locker “has a little bit of everything” including clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies. “Anything kids might need for school,” she said. The district has received a number of sizes of clothing and items for girls but is still in search of items for boys.
Vice President Austin Beirlair said, “Moshannon Valley needs this type of a program. Members saw the need, we collaborated and came up with a way to help.”
Beirlair said approximately 15-20 students have been working since the start of school to prepare the space that was formerly used to serve breakfast in the high school wing and create inviting colorful displays of items available for students to choose from.
Family and Consumer Science students sorted, laundered, and folded clothes to prepare them to be displayed at Rachel’s Locker. Learning support students will be keeping an inventory of merchandise and records for the store. Instructor Tina Lewis said the hands-on learning will benefit students when they leave Moshannon Valley.
“This type of skills are transferrable and are ones students can take with them after they graduate.”
Friends of Rachel Co-Advisor and Instructor Dorothy Benjamin said, “I am proud of the way the students have taken over and taken the lead in this project. This positive act of kindness will start a chain reaction here. Hopefully this can help someone at Moshannon Valley and it will multiply.”
Co-Adviser Abby Houston said, “I think this is great that students are helping students. The members are very passionate about this,” she explained.
Assistant Principal Justin Fye said, “I have to commend the students involved with putting this together for the school.”
In addition to the Friends of Rachel members and various classes that have assisted with setting up and operating the program, he spoke about the district’s instructors who have offered donations, residents of the school district community and some from outside of the community who have made donations.
He also thanked the custodial staff for helping to clear out the room and Information Technology Instructor Rudy Kowalcyk who helped students create commercials for Rachel’s Locker that are broadcast with morning announcements.
“This is just one of the projects that Friends of Rachel has planned this year. They have a lot of ideas about creating a culture of kindness here and allowing others to take part,” Fye said.
Fye said although Rachel’s Locker is currently stocked with cold weather attire, he would like to see it’s offerings be seasonal with clothing changed out ahead of warm weather months and possibly adding some more formal attire appropriate for concerts or prom.
Anyone who wants more information or is interested in donating items or funds to the project may contact Fye at 378-7616, extension No. 2002 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A color run 5K race is planned at the end of the year to raise funds for Rachel’s Locker and to get students involved in the Friends of Rachel program.
CURWENSVILLE — Four new directors and a returning one will be seated next month when the Curwensville Area School Board holds its annual reorganizational meeting.
Beth Caldwell, Robert Deluccia, Lois A. Richards, and Gary Witherow will be joining incumbent Laura Marie Pentz at the table in December. Richards, who cross-filed, received the most votes in Tuesday’s general election with 1,243; Caldwell, a Republican, was next with 1,160; Pentz, a Republican, 1,118, Witherow, who cross-filed, 1,090; and Deluccia, a Republican, 1,085.
The five were chosen by voters in Curwensville and Grampian boroughs and Ferguson, Greenwood, Penn and Pike townships.
Incumbent Democrats Melissa Maines-Sopic and Carrie A. Warren, and newcomer Nick Kolesar received the lowest vote totals with Sopic receiving 652, Kolesar, 629, and Warren, 574. There were 56 write-in votes cast in the contest.
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CURWENSVILLE — Four incumbents and a previous member will be returning to Curwensville Borough Council in 2020 based on unofficial results from Tuesday’s general election.
Borough voters chose incumbent Democrats Harriet L. Carfley, David P. Donahue and incumbent Republican Keith Allan Simcox, who served on the board several years ago to fill three four-year seats on council. Donahue received 280 votes, Simcox, 273; and Carfley, 222.
Incumbent Rhonda Carfley will not be returning to council. She received 191 votes.
Incumbent and Democrat Thomas Edward Carfley was elected to a two-year position with 222 votes.
Several borough residents had announced prior to the election that they were running write-in campaigns for council. There was a total of 273 write-in votes received in Tuesday’s election for the four-year terms and 102 write-in votes for the two-year term.
Those votes will be counted beginning Friday and will be certified by the Clearfield County Election Board once all write-in votes have been tabulated. Anyone who received enough votes to be elected to council will receive notification from Clearfield County’s Department of Election and Voter’s Registration.
COALPORT — A glitch with a voting machine in Coalport Borough caused a snafu Tuesday night in posting Clearfield County election results from the general election.
County Director of Elections Dawn Graham told The Progress on Wednesday that an electronic voting machine used in Coalport’s precinct failed to close properly and did not report vote totals.
“By the time we knew about it Tuesday night it was too late to go and get the machine. (Information Technology Director) Adam Curry went early this morning and retrieved the machine and recollected the votes from the terminal. A 70 of 70 precinct’s vote total was posted on Clearfield County’s website before 10 a.m.”
The totals recovered from the machine did not change the outcome of any races in the election, Graham said.
Graham said although votes for the Clearfield County Commissioner’s race between Democrats David S. Glass and Lisa A. Kovalick was narrow with only 50 votes separating Glass — who was declared the winner with 6,425 votes over Kovalick’s 6,375 — there will not be a recount of results unless one is requested.
Glass released the following statement to The Progress yesterday.
“Congratulations to Commissioners Sobel and Scotto on their re-election and my thanks to Lisa Kovalick for running a clean, issues-focused race. She was a very strong candidate and remains an asset to our county.
“I’m honored and humbled that over 6,400 voters chose me to serve on the Board of Commissioners. I promised to bring transparency and accountability to the office and I will work hard to fulfill that promise.”
Graham said when a repeat tabulation is called for, it is often by the opposing candidate. She said anyone requesting a count be performed a second time must file a form and pay the accompanying fee at the Clearfield County Prothonotary’s office.
“It’s a process,” Graham said, adding a recount in most cases is not relevant. “In all likelihood, the vote totals would not change since the tabulation is done electronically,” she said.
Graham said Friday, Nov. 8, the county’s election board will begin tabulating write-in votes from Tuesday’s election.
“We will work until we are done going through the votes. It generally takes about two weeks until we certify the votes,” she explained. All vote totals from Tuesday’s general election are unofficial until they have been certified by the county’s board of election.
Graham said because someone whose name is written in for a position can win with as little as one vote if no other votes are received, all write-in votes will be reviewed.
“We have to look at everything in the fall,” she noted.
Anyone who is elected to a position within the county, whether through write-in votes or receiving the highest totals on the ballot, will be notified by the Clearfield County Department of Elections and Voter’s Registration.
“When winners are declared, they will receive paperwork. Those receiving paperwork are required to acknowledge it,” Graham said.
CURWENSVILLE — The location for Curwensville-Pike Township Historical Society’s veteran’s appreciation ceremony set for Saturday, Nov. 9 following the Home for the Holidays parade has been changed because of the temperatures forecasted. The ceremony will now be held at the Curwensville Presbyterian Church, 430 Locust St., Curwensville.