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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.
We have included
all the information and forms to fill out on the left navigation bar of the main
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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.
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 www.InternetEssentials.com.
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. Theres 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.
diploma offered at LCCC
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
be held at the Colleges 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.
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
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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.
Im glad we did, Yanus said. And everyones
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 Im 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 bullyings deadly
GNA students hear about tragic consequences of physical, online
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 cant 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, Halligans 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 ryansstory.org
and they personally respond to emails to try to help wherever
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 Ryans story as pictures
of his son and family flash on a screen behind him. Halligan then
tells the story of his sons tragic journey that began in the
fifth grade and ended at the start of eighth grade.
Halligan talks about the his sons 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 familys attempts to resolve the conflicts
in Ryans 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 sons 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,
That and an untrue rumor Ryan was gay that spread like wildfire
in school, and on the Internet, eventually pushed Ryan to his unfortunate
There is no greater pain than that of a parent who has lost
a child, Halligan said. All of you are loved beyond
belief. Dont ever believe for a second that you dont
Halligan said there are no perfect families; that there are people
in everybodys life who truly care.
Ryans death was the result of a disease called depression,
After Ryans death, the boy who was the main bully was still
spreading untruths about his son, Halligan said. He went to the
boys 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 sons life, Halligan said. I told him there
is no do-over here; my son is gone forever.
Halligan said he hasnt spoken to the bully since that day
and he just wants to tell Ryans story to as many people as
he can with the hope that some will listen and change their ways
or their intentions.
Dont be a bystander, he said. Be an up-stander.
This is not about throwing punches; its about throwing words.
Be a friend.
Halligan said he and his wife still struggle with Ryans 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 Ryans story takes its toll on him. By
the end of the school year, Im 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.