The Office for Safe Schools at the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded the District a $10,000 grant to support its violence/bullying prevention efforts. In October, the District’s Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12 attended a Start with Hello program presented by PDE and Sandy Hook Promise, providing them with tips and training on how to break down social isolation and reduce school violence and bullying situations. This training was a prerequisite to receive grant funding. The grant award will be split evenly between the two schools and will support SPARK (High School) and Kindness Club (Middle School) activities including the groups’ incorporation of unique Save Promise Club activities and goals into their own organizations. We thank PDE for the financial and professional development support they are providing as well as our SPARK and Kindness Club members for their efforts to ensure our schools are a safe and inviting place for all.

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Southern Columbia is engaged in a yearlong initiative to Soar into Space in hopes of being chosen as a downlink site for a live feed emanating from the International Space Station. If chosen, students and staff will be afforeded the unique opportunity to speak with the astronauts currently on the space station sometime in spring 2020. To help the District's application stand out among the rest, Literacy Specialist Lindy Novak and Library Manager Amanda Noblit, have created a set activities and events.Learn More

The Take 5 to Save Lives program outlines 5 things that we can all do to work together to prevent suicide.The campaign encourages everyone to take five minutes out of their day to complete five prevention-focused action steps: 1. Learn the Signs: Take a few minutes to learn the warning signs of suicide. 2. Know How to Help- Know what to say and do if someone you know is struggling.3. Practice Self-Care- MLearn More