Marion-Walker students recognized at board meeting for work with various projects, including one inspired by a neighbor of the school
Students at Marion-Walker Elementary School helped a neighbor of the school check something off her bucket list after participating in what they called a Gettysburg Address project. Because of that, they were honored at a school board meeting on March 29 that highlighted more details of the project.
Principal Karen Krisch said it all started with a call from Chia In Rutkowski, 93, who lives near the Hublersburg-based school. Rutkowski is originally from China, and has lived in the United States for more than 75 years. She said that as a child, she learned about the Gettysburg Address while in China, and after the process of moving to the U.S. and gaining citizenship, the words continued to resonate with her.
In fact, she can still recite the speech to this day.
That’s when she reached out to the school with an idea to hold a contest among students based on former President Abraham’s Lincoln’s speech during the Civil War on Nov. 19, 1863.
Four students volunteered to recite the speech in a video project, which was shown to Rutkowski. Complementary lessons in class during Presidents Day week also allowed students to learn more about presidents and the Gettysburg Address. Money donated by Rutkowski was also put toward buying books for students, in addition to gifts for participating students in the contest.
- Kathryn Barefoot
- Robbie Neff
- Ronni Spotts
- Landon Sykes
Krisch said that when Rutkowski was briefed about the project, she responded, “This is now something I can check off my bucket list.”
“We’re so thankful she’s a great neighbor for us,” Krisch added.
At the same board meeting, other Marion-Walker students were recognized for another project they did that was tech-based. Learn more about it in this link: National parks tech project
*By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD
More school board information
For more information, see these additional board notes: Board notes
- Appointment of Sharon Kolivoski as special education teacher at Marion-Walker Elementary School
- Approval of coaches
- Approval of volunteers
- Bellefonte Area Middle School softball bleacher project
- Budget presentation with Director of Fiscal Affairs Ken Bean
- Contract approval for Bellefonte Area Education Association
- Donation of a large supply of female hygiene products to the Bellefonte Area middle and high schools from St. John’s United Church of Christ
- Investment report
- Legislation report with board member Donna Smith
- Purchase of a John Deere Gator with a dump bed and plow for the grounds crew for $29,748.85
- Retirement of Don Allen from the position of weekend custodian at Bellefonte Area Middle School effective Aug. 2. Allen has been with the district since June 2013.
- Treasurer’s report