Pleasant Hill is home to the Pleasant Hill Elementary School, whose students come from all around this western edge of Cumberland County. The enrollment of 624 is double what it was in 1990. Many parents and Pleasant Hill adults help out at the school as aides, tutors, in the music program, and with its many activities. They love to attend the home basketball games.

Volunteer tutors are needed for the After School Tutoring Program on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Call Darci at 277-3677 if you can help.

The school donated over 625 boxes of macaroni and cheese to the Second Harvest Food Drive. Collections of spent computer ink cartridges, Box Tops for Education, and Campbell food labels help the school purchase some extra items for the students.

Last week family, friends, and children had a grand time at the school’s Fall Festival sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. There was a haunted house in the gym, a hayride and petting zoo outside, a yard sale, cakewalk, many fun games, and things to make as well as food to eat.

Next Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. there will be a pancake breakfast at the school. This benefit is sponsored by the Relay For Life team and the Lady Hornets basketball team. There is no doubt that the elementary school is a great community asset in Pleasant Hill.
The Pleasant Hill Town Council at its November meeting passed the first reading of “an ordinance regulating the use by and with animals on the public streets, sidewalks, pathways, and trails of Pleasant Hill and establishing penalties for the violations thereof.” (Better clean up after your pets!) The town hall parking lot has been striped for parking spaces and no-parking areas. The residents of the Woods neighborhood expressed written appreciation for the paving of Hickory Hill Road.

The Community of Character focus for the month of November is “manners.” The town council is looking forward to having a Cumberland County Sheriff substation in the building formerly occupied by the Pleasant Hill Enrichment Center at the corner of Main and Clearview streets. The council affirmed willingness to help with overhead expenses. A private citizen has offered to patrol Pleasant Hill streets on Sunday mornings when most people are attending church services to report any suspicious activity to the sheriff’s department. 
An Alternative Christmas Fair has become a tradition in this community for the last eight years as a way of giving gifts that are more meaningful and help support nonprofit very worthy organizations. By buying a fair traded product, donating to an organization, or obtaining a membership the gift is doubled in value. There will be 22 groups participating in this year’s fair, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Blue Barn next to Wharton Nursing Home on Lake Street in Pleasant Hill. Some of the groups are local like the Pleasant Hill Historical Society, some are county-wide like Creative Compassion, Inc. and some are international like Heifer and Habitat, but all provide important services. 

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