Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

May 14, 2012

PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Volunteers add richness to Pleasant Hill Elementary

CROSSVILLE — Volunteers add so much richness and needed support to the educational program of the students of the Pleasant Hill Elementary School. The fourth-grade teachers organized and carried out this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Tea honoring the 61 volunteers that have helped at the school. The school year’s theme was “Planting the Seeds of Knowledge” so the volunteers were given certificates, seeds and flower pots with the inscription, “Planting the Seeds of Kindness.”

Goldie Schneider, who has spent 21 years at the school, eight of which as a substitute teacher and the rest as a volunteer, facilitates the volunteer program. She seeks out helpers for any of the teachers who ask. The volunteers live in Pleasant Hill, Fairfield Glade and Crossville. Eleven of the 61 volunteers are parents of PHS children. Pre-K, all three kindergartens, all four first grades, all three fifth grades, one seventh and one eighth grade utilize volunteers. The guidance counselor and the librarian also have helpers.

Most of the volunteers work during school hours. They deal directly with the children either tutoring one-on-one or reading, except for Will Rabert, who presents literary characters in a monologue portrayal. Kids on the Rise supplies eight mentors who tutor after school and often take their mentees places outside of school. Theresa (Darcy) Bernabei, assistant principal of the Pleasant Hill Elementary School, notes that if folks want to volunteer, they must complete an application that can be picked up at the school. This is approved by the Cumberland County Board of Education and then the individual may volunteer at the school.

The school is winding down with end-of-the-year activities. The teachers were feted during Teacher Recognition Week, May 7-11. Kindergarten Recognition and all honors programs for first through eighth grades were held Friday, May 11. Pre-K and kindergarten registration for next year was Monday, May 14, with eight grade graduation in the evening. Pre-K recognition is being held May 15.

The fifth grade science fair will be held in the gym Wednesday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Field day for the lower grades will be held Thursday, May 17 in the morning. The ever popular Wax Museum will entertain Friday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The last full day for students will be Friday, May 18 and final dismissal Wednesday, May 23 at 10 am.

Many positive comments were shared at the Pleasant Hill May town council meeting about the Spring Festival held May 5. The festival depended on so much work by so many people that it was gratifying that over 350 people enjoyed the day. Councilman Ox McDermet was pleased to announce the receipt of a check for the recycled paper. Jim Blalock and Jack Martin gave an update on Cemetery committee doings.

There will be a workday at the old Pleasant Hill Cemetery May 19 starting at 8 am. Work continues with cleaning old tombstones, raising buried makers, replacing unmarked stones with granite markers to indicate a grave, removing trees, and general maintenance. The Cumberland County Medical Center will give financial support to the committee to create a more fitting memorial for Dr. May Cravath Wharton’s gravesite honoring the founder of the hospital. The Committee is planning a short service of remembrance for all at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27 at the old cemetery.

Alarm was expressed at the illegal removal of traffic and road signs in Pleasant Hill. The safety of the public and the cost of replacing the signs are of utmost concern. “Trash talk” continues as the council fine tunes the wording of the brush code with suggestions on ways of identifying households who contract for garbage and brush pick up.

Correction

In last week’s column about Boy Scout Troop 170, I mistakenly identified the holder of the Troop 170 Charter. It is held by the Pleasant Hill Area Citizens’ Scouting Association. Also, religion is not dealt with at Troop meetings, but is one of the scouting awards available from a scout’s faith community.

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