The National Farm to School Network has announced that Southern Columbia Area has been awarded a $5,000 Seed Change mini grant aimed at expanding the District's emerging farm to school activities.  Seed Change is funded through the National Farm to School Network with the generous support of the Walmart Foundation. The District was among 100 schools in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania to receive this competitve grant.
 
The District's successful grant application, Using Garden-Based Learning to Increase Achievement and Enhance Nutritional Literacy, will be used to purchase materials needed to expand and maintain the outdoor garden created in the High School/Middle School courtyard. The garden has been incorporated into the High School Environmental Science/Ecology curriculum. Students in those classes will maintain the garden, joined by selected First Grade and Fifth Grade Science students who will pilot farm to school activities for G.C. Hartman Elementary and the Middle School. Grant funds will also be used to purchase the farm fresh foods featured in the menus of Fresh Food of the Month days. "Communities across Pennsylvania are ready and eager to get started with farm to school or grow their existing activities, but schools need support to establish strong and sustainable programs," said Sara Tedschi, Seed Change Program Manager for the National Farm to School Network. " "Seed change is delivering resources and technical assistance directly to the schools ready to do the hard work and reap the benefits for their kids, farmers and communities."

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Parents and other school community members are encouraged to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly those concerning digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools, by participating in the Speak Up Project for Digital Learning, facilitated by Project Tomorrow.  The annual national research project gives education stakeholders the opportunity to ensure their voice is heard not only at Southern Columbia, but at the state and national level as findings are summarized aLearn More

Click here to read a report presented to the Board of Education on November 12, 2018 which reviews bullying data collected by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The report provides data on the frequency and types of bullying behavior being reported by Southern Columbia Area students as well as a look of how this compares to reports of bullying at other schools statewide, and in Columbia County and Northumberland County schools.Learn More