Norman Rockwell would have probably painted a scene from our school, Howard Elementary, if he had the opportunity to visit our town. Our school is located within the town, and parents often walk with their children to and from school. Other children ride their bikes and scooters to school, and then back home for a quick lunch. They return to play on the expansive playground with their friends; the older children often including the younger children in their games. If you would compare Rockwell's Painting--Howard School was built in 1922 and has had several renovations--to now, you would not find any changes in the positive impressions associated with our school.
Howard Elementary is a family and community centered school. High regard is held for the educational standards set for each student. Presently we help to educate one hundred very energetic and motivated children from kindergarten through fifth grade. These are students who yearly score high marks on achievement tests and the Pennsylvania State Assessments. These are students who are also very involved with the extra curricular activities offered within the school such as the music programs, tutoring, and Parent-Teacher Organization (P.T.O.) events. And, these are students who are participating in their community organizations, such as the Scouting programs, helping with fundraisers for the local fire company, and religious affiliated activities.
The P.T.O. meets the third Monday of every month at 7 P.M. in the school's library. Like their children, the parents and teachers hold many family events throughout the school year, such as a Fall Festival, Holiday events and a Spring Fair. Funds are raised to purchase learning materials for classroom use and books for the school's library. These funds are also used to purchase material for the computer lab or for the computers in each classroom in the building. Field trips related to the curriculum are also sponsored by the P.T.O.
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think."