By Jean Clark
A veteran benefits program, sponsored by the Association for Wartime Veterans in Adshead Hall of Fletcher House enabled several Uplands Village residents gather useful information to help them plan for their future by learning about benefits that they qualify for through their service to this country. Over 13 veterans or widows were honored with a certificate of appreciation, pins and roses for their service. Alan Kirby and his wife presented a PowerPoint program describing benefits available to those who had served in foreign wars.
The Pleasant Hill Elementary School is back in session after a well-earned summer break by teachers and students. Goldie Gurley Schneider, long-time substitute teacher and volunteer, shares with townspeople an annual report of the fantastic activities that happened this past school year.
The Town Council of Pleasant Hill contributed $2,000, which allowed children to have sports programs after school. The own recognized teachers and support staff with a framed thank you and gift certificate during the year. PHS’s share of the $50,000 21st century state grant was used for after and before school programs to help supplement classroom teaching. It also provided a little extra income for staff members.
The noon Rotary Club provided more than 70 dictionaries to the third graders. Also, 24 children received a new pair of jeans at Christmas. During the school year, Rotary also sponsors poster contests. The winners are always very pleased when they receive their prizes.
The Relay for Life pancake breakfasts garnered $2,200 for cancer research. The Lions Club provided more than $95,000 for screenings of children for hearing and vision problems throughout the county. The Cumberland County Playhouse received a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, which brought the Koresh Dance Company to PHS at no charge. In addition a benefactor provided free tickets for 25 sixth graders to attend Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
Seventy-five percent of PHS children participated in the free breakfast and lunch programs sponsored by the government. Second Harvest Food Bank comes to the school from Knoxville to provide food which some of the families receive. Last year, the program served 1,465 children in the county. Kroger will be teaming up to help raise funds for this group in the fall.
PHS is still collecting Campbell's labels, Box Tops for Education and computer cartridges. Box Tops garnered $275 and printer cartridges brought in $350. The PTO selects supplies from catalogs for the entire student body. The Grab gave three outfits and school supplies to over 120 children at the beginning of last school year and five free outfits this year.
Pioneer Hall Museum docents led fourth graders on a tour of the museum. The East Tennessee Historical Society presented a program about "How Schools Can Use Museums" to the teachers and some Pleasant Hill Historical Society members. Pleasant Hill residents enjoy supporting the various activities at the elementary school and supply many volunteers as teachers' aides and tutors. When the Halloween and Christmas parades bring the children along the streets of the town and to the assisted care and nursing homes, the elders love seeing the various costumes and antics of the students.