Namedropper 2/24/2019

February 24, 2019
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Namedropper 2/24/2019

Program helps students

Representatives from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties in collaboration with the Voluntary Action Center, the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and the Scranton School District spent time in the classroom to “Transform Readers.”

Patty Hein, reading specialist, and Tim Wolff, principal from John G. Whittier Elementary School in Scranton; Tiziana Mancini and Alma Storm, reading volunteers; Angela Walker, transition/literacy manager for Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency Early Learning program; Diane Brown, RSVP director at Voluntary Action Center; and Lisa Berardelli, education director at the United Way, recently launched the program.

The school-based tutoring program will help kindergarten to second-grade students become better readers.

“Children are learning to read from birth through third grade,” said Berardelli. “However, beginning in fourth grade, children read to learn, so it’s crucial that they reach this important milestone in early grade literacy.”

The volunteers, including Mancini and Storm,work with the children on a consistent, weekly basis, either one-on-one or in small groups.

The program was piloted last year and due to the early successes and the support of the PPL Foundation’s Cover to Cover initiative to improve child literacy, Transforming Readers has grown to serve five Scranton area elementary schools: John Adams, Charles Sumner, Whittier, John F. Kennedy and McNichols Plaza elementary schools.

Every pre-kindergarten to third-grade student in the schools also received a new book to take home courtesy of the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency Early Learning programs and the Molina Foundation.

For details, visit uwlc.net/TransformingReaders or contact the United Way at 570-343-1267.

High notes

Dr. Frank I. Klassner Jr. was recognized with the 2018 Eminent Eagle Award for his internationally recognized work in computer science education and virtual reality application development.

A resident of Dickson City, and a member of Troop 21 and Eagle class of 1979, Klassner is a professor in the Department of Computing Sciences at Villanova University, where he has worked since 1997. He is also director of the university’s Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology. The center features a high-performing team of faculty whose research funding totals $11 million from the National Science Foundation, the Air Force, Army, Department of Defense, NASA and Comcast, according to Boy Scouts.

The Eminent Eagle award recognizes a local Eagle Scout with at least 25 years tenure as an Eagle who serves as a worthy role model for new and aspiring Eagle Scouts, according to Boy Scouts.

The 2018 class of Eagle Scouts from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council was also honored alongside Klassner at the University of Scranton in January. Forty-five Eagles from the class shared a brief description of their Eagle Service Projects and were recognized for their achievements.

Super students

St. Clare/St. Paul School cheerleaders, including Kate Walsh, Marie Granet, Bianca Talarico, Patrice Doherty, Liza Giannone, Dorothy Walsh, Olivia Roche, Caroline Kennedy, Natalia Nardelli, Rylin Berndt, Cecelia Kennedy, Grace Granet, Katheryn Lopez and Marcella Amendola, hosted a “Think Pink” game Feb. 10.

The game was in honor of Cheryl Ann Vislosky, the mother of cheer moderator and teacher, Stephanie Barrett. She passed away from breast cancer 10 years ago.

A donation from the game was made to Coaches vs. Cancer in Vislosky’s name.