WCASD Superintendent Leaves Holiday Message
Dr. Jim Scanlon reflects on dealing with tragedy and the importance of making a positive impact.
The following is a press release from the West Chester Area School District.
To all in our WCASD Community,
I know the past week has been very stressful for everyone. The displays of strength, patience and perseverance on the part of our staff, students, and parents have helped keep things as normal as possible within the district. Although we all still feel the emotional impact of the tragic events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, there are many wonderful things happening that should be celebrated as we try to move forward with a hopeful attitude. A great many have been quietly helping those in need this holiday season. In every building our staff and students have contributed to help families and children who are less fortunate. Our community is very lucky to have such dedicated professionals and caring young people in our schools who want to make a positive difference. Please take a moment to reflect on the great things that are being done by so many generous people making lives better in our area, and please have a safe, restful and happy holiday!
West Chester Area School District
484-266-1018 – office
484-883-0648 – cell
WCASD Shares Joy with our Community this Holiday Season
- Nearly every one of our schools had some sort of giving tree/donation/collection that provided gifts, grocery store gift cards, food, coats, clothing, and other necessities to less fortunate local families. One school even purchased beds for a family whose children were sleeping on the floor. Students, staff and parents all contributed in a variety of ways.
- East high school students traveled to Washington, D.C. to decorate the graves of our fallen heroes with wreaths. More than 10,000 wreaths were placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
- Peirce Middle School Student Council collected stuffed animals for the 16th Annual Bear Fair sponsored by West Chester University. The bears are given to youth living in shelters, children in hospitals, and kids in need of presents during the holiday season.
- The East Bradford English Language Learners department gave books to the ELL children who do not have books at home. They are also lending Spanish-English picture books to the parents so they can read with their children.
- Several schools adopted families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Several schools assisted with Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts, raising thousands of dollars.
- Many of our schools held food drives for local food pantries, collecting hundreds of pounds of food.
All of our schools are making a difference for our community. The spirit of giving is alive in West Chester!