I am pleased to announce that the Ridgway Area School District and Appalachian Arts Studio have received an honorable mention award (and $250) in a state-wide contest for efforts to promote community building. The Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools and Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities sponsor an award that recognizes rural schools for their efforts in building communities. The following is from the CREC web site:
The award recognizes a rural school or school district in Pennsylvania that has distinguished itself through innovative practices contributing to the educational experiences for the students it serves, while collaborating with the broader community for the benefit of all.
Ridgway Area School District and Appalachian Arts have partnered for a number of years to provide enriching, creative opportunities for the students of the school district. This year, the district and Appalachian Arts have partnered to receive a grant that will build an interactive walking trail by rehabilitating an old railroad bed. You can read the application narrative here.