This past December, the Ivins Outreach Center and the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) employees delivered holiday gifts and meals to the members of the Staying Put in Lower Bucks (SPLB) program. The meals were prepared by the Bucks County Technical High School’s Culinary Department and gifts were provided by the school’s Certified Electronics Technical Program (3D printed Gingerbread ornaments), Landscaping Department (Candy Cane Wreaths), and the Military Star Program (Fabric Wreaths). Holy Trinity Parish and its 6th – 8th-grade students participated by painting the Gingerbread ornaments and assisting with the Fabric Wreaths. Our SPLB members enjoyed our visits and were delighted with their holiday gifts.
The Ivins Outreach Center SPLB and the 21st CCLC volunteers were invited in January to two entertaining Volunteer Appreciation Events:
- Our first event was a delicious luncheon at the Bucks County Technical High School. Along with celebrating our volunteers, the luncheon was highlighted with lively discussions focusing on effective communication and collaboration along with volunteer feedback.
- Our second event was an invitation to enjoy an evening at the theater. The volunteers enjoyed an Actors’ Net of Bucks County performance of “Sherlock Holmes.” The evening featured an outstanding performance on stage along with fun team-building in the audience. Everyone loved the show along with the chance to spend an evening together.
Morrisville Times News Article June 28, 2016
Yardley Voice News Article
January 26, 2016
The Ivins Outreach Center
Staying Put in Lower Bucks (SPLB) is a new program offered by the Ivins Outreach Center. The program is designed to provide services to the 55 and older community so they can remain in their homes as long as possible and stay active in their community.
SPLB program will offer much needed services, such as: transportation, social events, education programs, personal assistance, home assessments, and referral assistance.
It is consistent in scope to the many “Staying Put” programs at over 100 locations in the country and uses the resources of the Village to Village Network.
Bucks County Courier Times Article
Posted on January 14, 2016
Bristol Schools/Bucks County Technical High School/Morrisville Schools each awarded $1.2M in 21st Century grants
Joan Hellyer, staff writer |
Federal grant money totaling almost $3.6 million is on its way to Bucks County Technical High School and the Bristol Borough and Morrisville school districts, officials said.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are to be used for “community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children,” according to the program’s website, www.21stcclc.org.
The grants are designed to provide additional services to students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools to help them develop their academic skills in mathematics, reading and science, according to the website. The grant winners can use “a broad array of activities” to complement their regular academic programs and offer literacy and other educational services to families of participating children.
BCTHS and the two school districts will each receive $399,600 a year in grant money for the next three years, said Matthew Stem from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. PDE was in charge of picking the schools and community organizations that will split the more than $16.2 million in federal-grant funding.
The two school districts and the comprehensive technical high school, which serves the Bensalem, Bristol, Bristol Township, Morrisville, Neshaminy and Pennsbury school districts, are among the 50 entities throughout the state that will receive varying amounts of 21st Century CLC Grant funding, Stem said.
This is the second time Morrisville has been awarded a three-year 21st century grant. The Bristol Borough School District and BCTHS are both first-time 21st Century CLC Grant awardees.
“We are extremely excited that we have this opportunity to offer more programming for our students and the community,” Leon Poeske, the tech school’s administrative director, said on Thursday.
BCTHS will use the funding to support student learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, he said. A variety of other supports also will be offered, including tutoring and mentoring, standardized test preparation, academic enrichment and entrepreneurship education, Poeske said.
The grant money will also be used to provide support to students at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, located just across the street from the tech school in Bristol Township, and the Center for Student Learning Charter School at Pennsbury in Tullytown. Students in sixth through 12th grades will be eligible to use the learning center’s offerings, the administrator said.
“This collaboration with other schools helped us gain support from the grant reviewers,” he said.
The Bristol Borough school board announced during its Jan. 7 meeting that it will use the 21st Century CLC Grant money to sponsor after-school educational and recreational programs, as well as a summer-school program for all kids in the riverside borough.
Morrisville will use its federal grant to fund after-school programs in the district, Superintendent Michael Kopakowski said. Those programs are expected to begin in the next few weeks, he said.
Yardley Voice News Article
Morrisville Times News Article
“Help seniors ‘stay put’ in their homes”
Staying Put in Lower Bucks is looking for your talents! Staying Put utilizes volunteers to help older adults in Lower Bucks County remain at home and actively engaged in their community as long as possible.
They are looking for volunteers to provide support services such as: transportation, companionship, simple handyman services, telephone reassurance, light house work, pharmacy and grocery pickups and delivery, daytime respite for caregivers, office/clerical support, and help planning social events.
Sometimes the best time of your life is the time you give to others. Anyone interested should call Charlie or Rene at 215-428-0500 ext. 103, or e-mail email@example.com.