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Students helping other students

By Staff | Dec 11, 2012

Myers Elementary School held a thank-you luncheon for the Muncy High School Honor Roll students on Friday. They assist the elementary grades with reading and math lessons during their activity periods. Left to right seniors are: Billy Kolletzr, Ammar Sabanovic, Mikey Fornwalt, and Taylor Kuntz.

MUNCY – Elf on the Shelf! No, this is not a runaway elf but a Christmas story written for young children. It was read to the kindergarten class at Myers Elementary School by some of the honor roll students from Muncy High School.

Several times a week the students would visit from the high school to assist with the younger grades helping them with reading and math according to Bonnie Wisowaty Title I coordinator for Muncy School District. For the past eight years, Mrs. Cathy Henne, advisor for the honor roll class, has assigned the students to the younger grades. The program is federally funded to work with basic students to bring them up to performance levels. “We are focusing now on grades K through third,” said Mrs. Oden, Title I support aid instructor.

“We help them read and work with them in English class and prep them for their PSSA’s,” said Abby Devore, high school honor student at Muncy. “We alternate English and Math and help whichever kids need help the most,” said Mikey Fornwalt. Taylor Kuntz, another honor student said, “We are helping the teachers as aids. Sometimes we correct papers and make copies for them.”

On Friday afternoon, a thank you luncheon organized by Wisowaty was given for the honor students and other community volunteers who also come to the school on a regular basis to work the younger students. In appreciation for their volunteer time, young talented performers of the elementary band and chorus performed a brief recital after the luncheon under the direction of Mrs. Sherri Doebler, instrumental director. The first graders recited a poem they wrote together and the second graders sang “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” under the direction of Brandy Fessler.

The holiday band concert also performed on Thursday night, December 6 for the parents and the public at 7 p.m. at Myers Elementary School in the ‘cafetorium.’ On Friday afternoon, the fifth and sixth grade band students and honors chorus boarded a school bus around 12:45 p.m. destined to the Lycoming Mall where they performed a concert in front of the Festival of Trees before the auction that evening.

Tonight, the Elementary Chorus will be having their concert at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

This program is held every year. “We so look forward to it,” said Carol Morgan, a volunteer from Muncy who comes during her lunch hour from Kellogg’s. “It’s a good time to come and see the kids you worked with,” added Louise Fulmer, another volunteer from Muncy.