Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 16, 2013

PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Large turnout at PH PTO night

By Jean Clark
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The Pleasant Hill Elementary School PTO was gratified with the large turnout at the Aug. 28 annual Open House and Orientation Night. Perhaps, this was due to the simple meal that gave parents a night off from cooking. “If you feed them, they will come!” as the saying goes.

New safety rules require all school football teams to send their helmets in to be inspected and safety certified. PHS sent 32 helmets for inspection and none of them passed. All had to be replaced. This left their sports' budget grievously depleted. The Booster Club is undertaking fund-raising events to help remedy this situation. Last Saturday’s well received pancake breakfast began their drive. The Hornet football team members are also selling Crossville and surrounding area smart cards. These discount cards offer a really great value for $10. If you would like to purchase a card, you can contact the school.

PHS homecoming activities will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Eighth-grade athletes in football, varsity cheer, middle school softball and volleyball will be honored. Immediately following these festivities, the Hornet football team will take on the North Patriots at 4:30 p.m.Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a fun filled afternoon of football and delicious food. Other homecoming activities that week will include Mix and Match Day, Friday, Sept. 20;  Camo Day, Monday, Sept. 23; and School Spirit Day, Tuesday, Sept. 24 (wear green and gold). Friday, Sept. 20 will be Fall Picture Day at PHS. Pictures will be taken of individuals, football players and cheerleaders. All in the Pleasant Hill area are encouraged to continue to clip BoxTops for Education, Campbell Soup Labels, used printer ink cartridges and bring them to the school or to Heritage Hall in Uplands Village. There is presently a food drive to help supply the Harvest Food Bank.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 at Pleasant Hill Elementary School. Don’t miss the Cumberland Hispanic Festival, which will be an all-day festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in and around the Cumberland County Playhouse on Oct. 12. Featured will be the food, crafts, music, dance and heritage of the world’s Hispanic peoples.

The school is not the only facility that plans daily “spirit participation” events, Fletcher House of Assisted Living in the Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill had their own week-long celebration to mark National Assisted Living Week during Sept. 8-14. On Monday, they wore mismatched clothes; Tuesday was All American Day; Wednesday, Blue Jeans Day; Thursday, Crazy Hat Day; and Friday, Hawaiian Day. Ah – yes, forever “young in heart.” A highlight for the residents is to check the white bulletin board in the dining room every morning. Caregivers Melissa Carter, Kim Dunn and Valerie Duncan take turns drawing artwork for special days, birthdays, themes, etc.

At the September Pleasant Hill Town Council, Vice Mayor Diane Savage, who is a kindergarten teacher at PHS, enlightened all about Buzz Bucks. She explained that these were distributed to the students to reward good behavior, special kindnesses or helping behavior. They can redeem them at the school store for trinkets or certificates for “lunch with the teacher or principal.” These are very popular and the children love to receive them, and it helps them improve their behavior. The town council was so enamored of the concept that they voted to contribute $100 to help keep the store supplied. By the way, why are they called Buzz Bucks? For the Pleasant Hill Hornets, of course. Everyone should make note of the brand new American flag flying in front of the Town Hall on Main St.