Chicks hatched at York Suburban elementaries

Thanks to a grant from Kim and Doug George through the York Suburban Education Foundation, all second-grade classrooms at Yorkshire and Valley View elementary schools received a dozen eggs to incubate and watch develop into chicks. The students were responsible for turning the eggs three times a day for 21 days. All classrooms successfully hatched at least eight baby chicks. A local 4-H branch then delivered the chicks to area farms. Pictured are students in Cheryl Johnson's class at Valley View.

Thanks to a grant from Kim and Doug George through the York Suburban Education Foundation, all second-grade classrooms at Yorkshire and Valley View elementary schools received a dozen eggs to incubate and watch develop into chicks. The students were responsible for turning the eggs three times a day for 21 days. All classrooms successfully hatched at least eight baby chicks. A local 4-H branch then delivered the chicks to area farms. Pictured are students in Cheryl Johnson’s class at Valley View.

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Celebrate the re-opening of Valley View

For the past year, Valley View Elementary School in the York Suburban School District has undergone an $8.4 million renovation and expansion project.

A highlight of the celebration marking the completion the work and the re-opening of the school will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, as part of Homecoming Parade events.

The iconic, colonial style cupola – which crowned the building for almost four decades from 1956 through 1994 – has been restored and, once again, placed atop the school. A ceremony to light the cupola will take place at approximately 7:45 p.m. Sept. 30 at the school, which is located next to York Suburban High School.

Valley View opened for students in time for the 1949 school year. Over the years, the building has been expanded and the cupola was installed during the 1956 expansion.

The current expansion and renovations have added an expanded combination gymnasium-auditorium-cafeteria. All the classrooms and support rooms in the building have been refurbished. The building now features a new main entrance below the cupola and an off-street area for buses to pick up and drop off students.

A community open house is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1, at the school, which is prior to the York Suburban High School Homecoming football game.

Valley View Elementary houses more than 300 students in grades kindergarten through second grade.

Valley View Principal Dr. Tawn Ketterman notes there are four kindergarten classrooms, six first grade rooms, and six second grade rooms, in addition to support classrooms and the new gymnasium-auditorium-cafeteria.

The restored, colonial style cupola is lifted off of the ground before being hoisted into place.

The cupola is hoisted into place atop the new main entrance to Valley View Elementary School.

The cupola is attached to its base on the roof.

Students are shown with the restored cupola. Once again, the 55-year-old cupola is an iconic feature of the renovated and expanded Valley View Elementary School.

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