The District's farm to school and STEM efforts received a major boost thanks to a $19,961 competitive grant, awarded by the Merck Office of Corporate Responsibility and Merck Foundation which views "philanthropy as an important component of the company's commitment to corporate responsibility and their efforts to strengthen communities where their employees live and work."The Merck award will allow for the creation of an elementary garden and the purchase of learning stations which will provide students with year-round learning experiences that require them to plan, investigate, collaborative, and communicate. The grant will fund the purchase of two greenhouses, an aquaponics system with a 200 gallon fish rearing tank and aquaponic bed, raised bed materials for the elementary garden (lumber, soil, fertilizer, compost, seed/plants) and a 6 ft. chain link fence to enclose and protect the new 30' x 30' elementary garden from deer and other animals. In addition to providing more students new learning experiences, the grant award will allow garden-based learning to continue year-round, even during the winter months!
 
 

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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