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This is a reminder to parents whose children are attending GNA.
We do not carry medical insurance on students, but do provide parents with the opportunity to select a primary excess group insurance plan for students.
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Low-income can get online for less
Comcast is offering new program for low-income households that would save $31 off regular price.

Hundreds of low-income families throughout Luzerne County are eligible to sign up for a new program offered by Comcast that would mean monthly Internet bills of $9.95, a $31 savings off the regular service price.
Though Comcast serves a geographic majority of Luzerne County, it does not serve the greater Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton or Mountain Top areas. It does serve most of the West Side, the greater Pittston area, the greater Nanticoke area and much of the Back Mountain. To see if your home is in Comcast territory, call 1-855-846-8376. You can learn more about the program at
Called Internet Essentials, the program offers low-cost access to the Internet and even fully-installed netbook computers for families in Comcast Internet territory who have children eligible to receive free lunches through the National School Lunch Program. The program launched earlier this summer and was a condition of the Federal Communication Commission for Comcast to secure federal approval to purchase NBC Universal. As part of the merger, Comcast agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households.”
The Internet Essentials program meets that requirement.
Anthony Perrone, superintendent of the Greater Nanticoke Area School District, said the program comes at a good time, because of the difficult economy.
With many families dealing with unemployment and children affected by their parents’ loss of income, the Internet can become an unaffordable luxury. But the lack of Internet service at home could negatively impact a student.
“I know how important they (computers) are,” Perrone said. “There’s a reason we have them in every classroom.” He said letters will be sent home to all families with students in the district, along with school bus schedules, detailing the program and information on eligibility and how to sign up.
Perrone said 43 percent of the 2,250 students in his district are eligible for the free lunch program, and all districts include families living in poverty and suffering from economic hardships.
Comcast spokesman Bob Grove said the company has known there is “a digital divide in this country and we see this as a way we can help to bridge that divide.” He added that research has shown that there are three barriers to people getting on the Internet: cost of the computer, cost of the service and a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful. He said this program “addresses all three.”
In addition to the affordable internet, the program offers the opportunity to buy a netbook computer for $149.99 plus tax and access to free digital literacy training in print, online or in person.

Paraeducator diploma offered at LCCC

Luzerne County Community College will offer a new Paraeducator Diploma for individuals wishing to obtain a Special Education Paraeducators Credential in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for employment as a paraeducator for kindergarten through grade 12. The completion of the 16-credit diploma program provides students with the training and documentation to apply to the Commonwealth for the Special Education Paraeducator Credential.

Classes will be held at the College’s main campus in Nanticoke and evening sections are available for most classes. If a student decides to continue study, the 16 credits articulate into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education at LCCC. LCCC was able to make the Paraeducator diploma program available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education State Personnel Development Grant: “Improving Student Results: A Focus on Highly Qualified Special Education Personnel.”

For more information, call LCCC at 740-0522 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 7522.
Football players raise $9k for cancer fund
‘Rush for the Cure’ a big winner for 4 Nanticoke athletes
Jon O’Connell

Four Greater Nanticoke Area High School football players raised more than $9,000 selling T-shirts, hats, socks, shoelaces and cupcakes, all part of their senior project, and presented the check to Dr. Bruce Saidman and Dr. David Greenwald on Thursday afternoon.

The Greater Nanticoke Area vs. Lake-Lehman football game on Oct. 18 might have been a bust for the Trojans, but four GNA players left the stadium victorious.
The game ended with Lake-Lehman winning 62-13, but Nanticoke seniors Joe Shimko, 17, Frank Marcinkowski, 17, Brad Yanus, 18, and Tyler Myers, 17, cleaned up that night by covering the stands with pink.
For their senior-year projects the students pulled off a record-setting fundraiser feat for their high school, collecting $9,181 selling T-shirts emblazoned with sponsor names and the slogan “Rush for the Cure.”
The money they raised was turned over Thursday to the Medical Oncology Associates’ Prescription Assistance Fund. The fund is managed by the oncology clinic and assists cancer patients in paying for prescriptions and nutritional supplements.
The students were carrying on a tradition that started two years ago when player Christian Stevenson decided to raise money for cancer to cap his high school career, Shimko said.
Yanus said he never expected they would succeed like they did.
“I’m glad we did,” Yanus said. “And everyone’s pretty proud of us. We thought we would make about $5,000, but no where near what we did.”
The guys solicited donations from past contributors in Nanticoke for seed money. They printed a first round of T-shirts to sell in the school hallways and during football games. Then they printed a second batch, then a third until they lost count of just how many T-shirts they printed.
“At one point, it was around 500,” Marcinkowski said. “But I’m sure it went farther than that.”
They sold pink shoelaces and pink ball caps, and during the pink-out game they had pink-frosted cupcakes and cookies — anything pink that they could swap for a couple bucks.
Yanus said the selling started slowly, but the deadline approaching started breaking down the inhibitions for hard selling.
“In the beginning, we had a little trouble selling,” Yanus said. “But once it came closer to the deadline, we started selling them at the football games.”
They sold from September through October, but the blitz began just before the Lake-Lehman game, Shimko said.
“We really pushed it two weeks before the game,” he said.
Marcinkowski said that for him the fundraiser meant a little bit more than earning credits for graduation.
“After I agreed to doing it, my grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Marcinkowski said. “So it kind of motivated me more to do it, because I knew how it felt.”

|Father tells of bullying’s deadly toll
GNA students hear about tragic consequences of physical, online taunting

Speaking before hundreds of Greater Nanticoke Area students in eighth through 12th grades, John Halligan emotionally told the story of his son, Ryan, who committed suicide in 2003 at the age of 13.
He detailed the story of physical and cyber-bullying his son went through that ultimately led to him taking his own life.
“I can’t fix everything with a speech,” said Halligan, a nationally touring speaker. “But my hope is I can help at least one of you.”
Despite a few problems with the sound system, Halligan’s message seemingly came through loud and clear to the students. Many asked questions after the presentation and several remained to have one-on-one teary conversations with him.
Halligan and his wife, Kelly, have a website — — and they personally respond to emails to try to help wherever they can.
“This community, this school, has lost a few kids in recent years,” Halligan said after his presentation. “A lot of the students are having a difficult time finding their way through the experience of losing a friend. They asked me for advice on how to move on after the loss of somebody.”
Halligan will be in Luzerne County for three weeks speaking to students in all its school districts and to parents groups. The former IBM worker from New York has dedicated his life to trying to eradicate bullying and to prevent suicide, especially among young people.
Personal story shared
Standing alone on stage, Halligan relates Ryan’s story as pictures of his son and family flash on a screen behind him. Halligan then tells the story of his son’s tragic journey that began in the fifth grade and ended at the start of eighth grade.
Halligan talks about the his son’s innocence — his autism, his awkwardness, his failure in athletics and his struggle to fit in with “the cool kids.” The hour-long presentation takes viewers through the family’s attempts to resolve the conflicts in Ryan’s life, the guilt that followed his death and the forgiveness of those who directly impacted Ryan and influenced his decision to end his life.
Beginning with the frantic phone call Halligan received from his wife informing him that Ryan committed suicide to struggling to answer the question, “Why?” Halligan painted a clear picture of his son. There was the difficulty in accepting what had happened and the self-blame for not being able to do whatever it would have taken to prevent it.
Among their considerations: self-defense lessons, possible home-schooling, counseling, confrontation and computer safeguards.
Halligan said one his son’s supposed friends proved to be untrue — she led Ryan to believe she cared about him as a friend, when in reality she was talking behind his back. When she called Ryan “a loser” in front of her friends, Ryan was distraught, Halligan said.
Internet rumor
That and an untrue rumor Ryan was gay that spread like wildfire in school, and on the Internet, eventually pushed Ryan to his unfortunate end.
“There is no greater pain than that of a parent who has lost a child,” Halligan said. “All of you are loved beyond belief. Don’t ever believe for a second that you don’t matter.”
Halligan said there are no perfect families; that there are people in everybody’s life who truly care.
“Ryan’s death was the result of a disease called depression,” Halligan said.
After Ryan’s death, the boy who was the main bully was still spreading untruths about his son, Halligan said. He went to the boy’s home and sat with him and his parents. “I looked at him and told him he had no idea the amount of pain he had brought into my son’s life,” Halligan said. “I told him there is no do-over here; my son is gone forever.”
Halligan said he hasn’t spoken to the bully since that day and he just wants to tell Ryan’s story to as many people as he can with the hope that some will listen and change their ways or their intentions.
“Don’t be a bystander,” he said. “Be an up-stander. This is not about throwing punches; it’s about throwing words. Be a friend.”
Halligan said he and his wife still struggle with Ryan’s death, as do their two other children: Megan, now 27, and Conor, who is in the 11th grade.
Halligan, who has spoken at hundreds of high schools across the U.S., said telling Ryan’s story takes its toll on him. “By the end of the school year, I’m physically and emotionally exhausted,” he said. “Sometimes I wonder how much longer I can do this.”
For now, his mission to prevent further family and community tragedies continues. “These are all good kids,” he said. “They just need to have the courage to talk to somebody.”

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