The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 22, 2013

Danville cyber school students collect Halloween gifts for sick children

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— DANVILLE – Students at Danville’s new e-Learning Cyber Academy are collecting Halloween gifts to donate to patients at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

“We try to do a community service activity every month and for October the students decided to help the children at the Janet Weis Center,” said Jen Gurski, principal for the cyber academy. “They really wanted to make sure Halloween made it to the kids in the Janet Weis Center.”

Students started collecting Play-Doh, bubbles, stickers, temporary tattoos, small infant rattle toys and glow-in-the-dark accessories (bracelets, necklaces, etc.) Thursday, and will continue to do so until Monday. Students will place the treats in bags to deliver to Janet Weis’ child life department at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We love Halloween so much,” said cyber academy ninth-grader Dana Blaine. “It’s a part of childhood that everyone should experience.”

Eighth-grader Ballan Whitman agreed, saying he wanted to make sure the kids at Janet Weis could still enjoy a fun holiday like Halloween.

“I think its important for kids to understand the meaning behind both giving and receiving,” said Gurski, as it helps develop the whole student and connects them to the community.

Donations can be made at any school office in the Danville school district as well as at the office of The Danville News on 345 Mill Street.

There are currently 24 students, from grades six to 12, attending Danville’s cyber school. The e-Learning Cyber Academy opened this school year and is located in the Danville Middle School. Students who graduate from the cyber academy program qualify for a graduation diploma from the Danville Area School District.

An upcoming information session for parents considering enrolling their children in the cyber academy is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m., Nov. 19, at the Danville Middle School.

“It’s neat to see the connection the kids have with each other and to the community. The school has experienced growth and we’re getting positive feedback from families,” Gurski said.

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