Family friendly games to benefit Relay For Life-Hanover

The Gator Gang, a Relay for Life-Hanover team, will host its first Family Game Day fund raiser, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, 51 W. Clearview Road, Hanover.

The event will feature free board/card games, coloring pages and interactive items, as well as low-cost carnival-style games, toys, cancer awareness goods and refreshments. Bring the entire family and join in the fun while helping to fight back against cancer.

Admission is free.

Relay For Life-Hanover is a 24-hour event held annually at South Western High School. It celebrates cancer survivors and caregivers, remembers those who have lost their battle, and urges supporters to fight back against further spreading of the disease. This year it will be held from noon July 13 to noon July 14.

For more information, call Dawn, at 476-5413, or Jennifer, at 632-6495.

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McTeacher fund raiser to benefit York Haven Elementary

York Haven Elementary School’s annual McTeacher night fund raiser is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at McDonald’s, 4245 N. George St. Extended, Manchester.

Come see the teachers and Mr. March (principal) take orders. A portion of all orders will benefit York Haven Elementary School.

Coupons are required when placing an order. They can be picked up at York Haven Elementary, 360 Cassel Road, or at any school within the Northeastern School District.

For more information, call the school at 266-5007 or email Maria Pender at

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Expo and walk to benefit Autism York

Autism York is sponsoring its annual Autism Expo, Walk for Autism, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Central York High School.

The two-themed event is held indoors. The expo features a vendor fair, a talent showcase, a supervised children’s play area, and family activities. Admission is free. The walk is held on the gymnasium track. To become involved, go to and click on the Expo & Walk tab for participation information.

The event is a major fund raiser for the organization, to support the ongoing free programs offered to local families and individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders.

For more information, call Stacy Kunkel at 578-5217 or email

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SES students raise funds for McDonald House

Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

Students at Southern Elementary School opened their hearts and change purses for families in need recently by collecting spare change to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.

The school was given one dollar in “seed money,” and the students were challenged to see how they could make it grow, first-grade teacher Georgia Draucker said. In just two weeks, $742.27 was raised to help the charity, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of children who are being treated at the Hershey Medical Center.

Students in every grade participated in the fundraising effort. First-graders wrote advertisements to promote the event and then read them during the morning announcements. Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades also collected the donation jars each day.

This was the first year that students collected money for the Ronald McDonald House charity. “Kids just gave because it was a kind thing to do for someone less fortunate,” Draucker said.

First-grade students helped raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.

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SMS students raise funds for Four Diamonds

Southern Middle School raised $18,782.28 for this year’s Mini-THON.

Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

Madison Mummert held buckets of water in an endurance contest, Fatigue Factor.

Glen Rock, Pa – Students at Southern Middle School danced, raced, and played games for seven hours recently to help children with cancer. As part of the Four Diamonds Fund, the school raised more than $18,000 to help combat childhood cancer. The Four Diamonds Fund, which began in 1972, assists children who are treated for cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, along with their families.

During the fourth annual Mini-THON, the middle school students participated in an all-inclusive program that featured dodge ball, entertainment, games, music, crafts, and prizes. The students, however, had to stand for seven hours. They were entertained with a Zumba instructor, DJ, and the student bands, Frostbite and Black Jacks. In addition, the Bobby family, a local Four Diamonds family, visited with the student participants.

This year’s event raised $18,782.28, far exceeding the $12,728 that was reached last year, said Laura Szkudlapski, English teacher, and Southern Middle School Four Diamonds Fund advisor. Inspired by Penn State’s yearly dance event, THON, the Mini-THON was the culmination of a year-long fundraising effort.

“You should be very proud of your contribution,” she told students at a recent pep rally that was held in their honor. “Parents, students and community members were so generous.”

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NMS Mini Thon raises $22,612 for Four Diamonds

Northern Middle School’s Four Diamonds Mini-Thon, held Feb. 10, exceeded all expectations by raising $22,612 to benefit pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Following the theme of Penn State’s Dance Marathon, the original goal was $3,000 for this first-time event, which ultimately drew 352 students and 42 staff members who spent six hours on their feet competing in tug-of-war, karaoke, and “Are You Smarter Than A Middle Schooler,” pitting students against faculty with curriculum based questions, and concluding in a dance.

Students had to raise $25 to participate in the Mini Thon with top fund raisers Rachel Loyer, Grade 6, $401, Kate Golgan, Grade 7, $895, and Alyssa Swartz, Grade 9, $1,700.

NMS student council officers, from left, Kat Hixenbaugh, Alyssa Swartz, Candace Gerber and Kaden Kieffer, display their courage by singing karaoke.

Seventh-graders show their strength by winning tug-of-war against eighth-graders.

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Eat breakfast with Santa on Saturday

The Northeastern High School Student Senate will host an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the school, 300 High St., Manchester.

The menu will feature pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee and tea. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. For $1 off the admission price, bring hats, gloves, gift cards, etc. for Northeastern’s Help-A-Neighbor program.

Santa, Mrs. Clause, and the Elves will be there, so bring your camera for pictures. The entire York community is invited. Proceeds benefit NHS Student Senate.

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Middle-schoolers help dodge heart disease

Principal Len Reppert was the Indian Warrior of the Village People.

Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

Throughout October, students and staff at Southern Middle School dodged heart disease by playing dodge ball, wearing hats and pajamas to school, as well as voting for their favorite character. As part of a campaign for the American Heart Association, students and staff raised more than $1,869.31 for the Dodging Heart Disease fundraiser.

Students paid $1 to wear hats and pajama pants on various days. In addition, staff members participated in Staff Jean Days, when they paid to wear jeans. Students also collected pledges to compete in a dodge ball tournament. Each dodge ball team consisted of six members, with a total of 21 dodge ball teams that participated. The top teams from both seventh and eighth grades competed against the staff team. The event culminated as students and staff teams battled each other in dodge ball at Susquehannock High School.

“Each year, we have made more than the year before, said Darla Pennewill, Southern Middle School physical education teacher. “Our goal is to improve from year to year and we accomplished that.”

The school also held a Parade of Characters contest, a competition where staff members dressed as their favorite action heroes. Students voted for their favorite hero by placing money in the characters’ jars. The ‘heroes’ paraded across the gym during the tournament.

The Parade of Characters included Laura Szkudlapski and her student teacher, Beckie Voss, as Sock Monkeys; Bob Cousineau as a Ninja Turtle; Melissa Bazner as Glinda the Good Witch; Andy Warren as William Wallace; Dio Mendez and Donna Shick as Popeye and Olive Oyl; and Mike Konzelmann, Steve Funk, Steve Hildebrand, Caleb Walls, and Len Reppert as the Village People. Walls’ portrayal of the Policeman won this year’s Character contest.

“A big thank you goes to the Parade of Characters as 12 teachers/administrators dressed up in costume to surprise the students as well as the staff who formed the staff dodge ball team,” Pennewill said.

Parent volunteers also help contribute to the success of the fundraiser. “It was great to see the staff and students come together and participate in PJ, Hat and Jean Days,” she said. “We coordinated our final assembly with our PRIDE reward day. It is always enjoyable to have the assembly in the high school gym. The marching band added a great touch to the program.” The PRIDE program (which stands for Prepared, Respect, Integrity, Do Your Best, and Engaged) is the school wide effective behavior system.

“There were many opportunities for students to get involved throughout the month of October,” Pennewill said. “It was very fun and enjoyable for all of us at Southern Middle School.”

Students competed against each other and staff members.

Students and staff competed against each other.

The school 'Village People' performed 'YMCA' for the audience.

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Eat and shop at CSY’s annual fund raiser

Christian School of York’s fourth annual auction and dinner gala, Walk in the Light, will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at Church of the Open Door, York.

The event features dinner and a dessert bar for $35 per person or a dessert bar only for $15 per person.

For more information, call Kelly Boatwright at 767-6842, ext. 251, or email

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Annual oyster festival is Oct. 16

The York County Heritage Trust’s 37th annual Oyster Festival and Heritage Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St.

For those who don’t like oysters, the festival also freatures apple fritters and baked goods, pork barbeque sandwiches, macaroni & cheese, chicken corn soup, shrimp, hot dogs, hot and cold apple cider, and other beverages.

Megan and the Wheelmen will provide music and the museum will feature living history and artisan demonstrations.

The inspiration for the trust’s longest running fund-raising event began with the discovery of oyster shells during an archaeological dig behind the Golden Plough Tavern in the 1960s. Decades later, the community continues to celebrate York’s Colonial heritage at this annual fall tradition. Last year, a record-breaking attendance of more than 1,700 festival goers consumed more than 10,000 oysters!

Admission is free.

For more information, call 848-1587 or visit

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