Blessings Continue

Groups Support Throop Program; Fight Hunger

Backpacks of Blessings, founded in 2012, is a local non-profit organization that helps ensure food-insecure students in our community have a reliable supply of food while they are not at school. President Sean Fahey works along side the other board members to make sure Backpacks of Blessings is successful every year.

“As President of the Backpacks of Blessings board, I work with the other committee members to make sure our food ordering is complete, organize fundraisers, and ensure the organization keeps moving forward. I am in charge of creating our meeting agendas and facilitating those meetings,” said Fahey.

The organization provides blue bags of food that are sent home with qualifying Throop Elementary students each Friday during the school year.

“To date, our organization has distributed over 40,000 blue bags of food,” said Fahey.

Other members who are in the board of Backpacks of Blessings include: Mary Jo Robinson, Jackie Chaney, Jackie Bosley, Debbie Wilson, Nia Manship, Angie McSpadden, Chelsey Lankford, Bobbie Cox, Stori Sullivan, Stephen Tate, Karie Becht, and Cindy Murphy.

Volunteer groups such as NHS help pack during the monthly packing events before the bags are distributed each week. To help raise funds for the supplies and food items, the board has sold coffee and in the spring will hold their annual BBQ dinner fundraiser the first Saturday in April.

“Students the age of 14 and older can volunteer and help the Backpacks of Blessings committee. If you are a National Honor Society member, see Mrs. Higgins for dates that you can sign-up and help with our bag packings. Follow us on Facebook! @backpackspaoli,” said Fahey.

Story by Corrine Magner

National Philanthropy Day 2021

On November 15, Youth Council Members from Paoli, Orleans, and Valley will be giving presentations at each of their schools for National Philanthropy Day. National Philanthropy Day is a day to celebrate charitable activities, in the form of donated financial and volunteering support. 

Corinne Magner, Senior at Paoli High School is the Public Relations Officer representing Paoli for Youth Council and will go through the presentations with help from other members in Youth Council from Paoli.

“I am excited to be able to give these presentations so students understand what National Philanthropy Day is. We also will have a Kahoot! at the end and I think it will be a really fun experience,” said Paoli Public Relations Officer, Corinne Magner. 

The presentation will be held in the Cafeteria at the High School for the Junior High. The Paoli Youth Council members who will also be helping with the presentations are Seniors: Laykin Busick, Corinne Magner, Angie Ceja, Michael Hannon, Amanda Bowles, Juniors: Clara Henderson, Serenity Sweet, Isabell Shipman, Sophomores: Savannah Key, Cambry Tinkle, Olivia McSpadden, and Eighth Grader Libby Newkirk. 

“I’m excited to teach seventh graders about Philanthropy, Youth Council, and the philanthropy we do in our community as youth council members,” stated Junior Youth Council Member Clara Henderson. 

Story by Corrine Magner

FFA Field Trip Nov. 16

The Paoli FFA will be taking some students on a field trip on November 16. They will go to the North American International Livestock Exposition, which will be at the Louisville Fair and Expo Center.

It is open to any Ag students who are interested. The only requirement is you have to be in the top 40 places in the FFA point system. Only 40 students will go. If you are interested, go see Cory Scott or Kyle Woolston.

“North American is an amazing experience for students to go and see the livestock side of things and to watch the shows. You can watch people get their animals ready and watch how they show the different animals. You can also see the marketing side of things because they have a whole room dedicated to shops who have booths set up. They sell all kinds of things from food to belt buckles and clothes,” said FFA Vice President Kenzie Gilliatt who will be attending for her fifth year.

For more information about the trip, or any upcoming FFA events, contact FFA Advisors Cory Scott (COTTC@paoli.k12.in.us) and Kyle Woolston (woolstonk@paoli.k12.in.us).

Story by Carley Higgins

Nobel Takes On New AVID Program

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program which focuses on helping students to become college and career ready during their junior high and high school years. English teacher Tamera Noble has taken on the role of AVID training this summer and officially became the AVID site coordinator and elective teacher this school year.

“AVID is a great program with many benefits for students and teachers. I love teaching the AVID elective and can’t wait to share more strategies with teachers throughout this school year,” said Noble.

During the class, the students get the chance to learn strategic preparations to help further their education as they go throughout school. These include strategies in taking notes and tests, time management, studying, and using WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading to Learn) for exploring college and career options. This year, Noble is hoping to be able to plan extra activities for the students who are in the course so they can get more experience and familiarity with the program, including field trips and guest speakers who share their career experiences.

If you are interested in joining AVID, you may apply at the end of the school year for the 2022-2023 school year. Since AVID is new this year, students who are in AVID currently have been hand selected by their previous teachers.

“AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum but may be falling short of their potential. AVID’s goal is for these students to reach their full potential through the support AVID offers,” said Noble.

If you have any questions or comments about AVID, you can learn more by contacting Noble for more information.

Story by Corrine Magner