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Norwin students share inspiration for quilt

Norwin School District
Norwin High School life skills teacher Anne Grimes-Essay, left, speech pathologist Denise Knedeisen and students David Ranich and Paige Thornburg show a quilt to superintendent William Kerr. Students made the quilt to recap a trip they took to Buttermilk Falls.

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Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 2:46 a.m.
 

Norwin High School life skills students presented district officials with a quilt they made to recap a trip to Buttermilk Falls in Armstrong County.

David Ranich and Paige Thornburg presented the quilt at Monday night's school board meeting.

Buttermilk Falls is a campground owned by North Huntingdon Township residents Marsha and Gene Rayman. Students in life skills teacher Anne Grimes-Essay's class traveled there in September and learned about nature. The quilt features memorable moments from the trip.

“It was a way for them to represent their experiences,” said speech pathologist Denise Knedeisen.

David said he had a great time; his section of the quilt features a deer because a deer ran across a trail at the site.

Other students who participated in making the quilt are Lydia Bichsel, Annabel Guffey, Michael Maddas and Kyle Parker.

Superintendent William Kerr presented students with a letter of congratulations, and was impressed with the craftsmanship.

“Our life skills students did a wonderful job in creating that,” Kerr said. “We are very proud of their accomplishments in and outside of the classroom. I thank them for being here and I also thank them for their hard work in listening to and learning from their teachers. They're very special kids.”

School director Becky A. Gediminskas was recognized for being named to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association's Honor Roll of School Board Service for her 12 years on the Norwin board.

School director Donald W. Rhodes Jr. received similar PSBA honors last month for his eight years of service.

District officials recognized school director Jerry P. O'Donnell for his four years of service. He will be completing his term at the end of the year.

All motions made at Monday night's meeting passed unanimously.

The board accepted the resignation of Audra Bobbs as certified paraprofessional and Margaret Mannerberg as cafeteria monitor. Dayna Shusteric, Jane Hocklinski and Kelly Spiering were approved as general cafeteria workers.

Lynn Clark was approved as a volunteer to assist the head varsity cheerleading coach. Michael Shanahan was approved as the boys basketball scouting coordinator. Neal Nanassy was approved as assistant varsity wrestling coach.

Michelle Milvet was approved as junior varsity softball coach. Jason Eddy was approved as volunteer to assist the head varsity wrestling coach.

All approvals are pending receipt and review of all required credentials and clearances.

Prior to the regular meeting, board vice president Thomas Sturm said he would like to see the district return to calling the December break Christmas break. It currently is called winter recess.

District Solicitor Alfred Maiello cautioned that move because there are groups “patrolling” for any conflict regarding the separation of church and state.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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