CREC Announces Reynolds School District as 2011 Rural Award Winner
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Reynolds School District, located in Mercer County, is winner of the seventh annual Building Community through Rural Education Award, sponsored by Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC) and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS).
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 reaching out to the broader community in which it is located.
Reynolds School District was recognized for multiple efforts linking school and community and building strong educational opportunities, including a yearlong celebration of the district’s 50th anniversary. The celebration, coordinated by more than a hundred volunteers from the school and community, linked current students, community members, and alumni. The efforts resulted in the creation of the Reynolds High School Academic Hall of Fame and Annual Nomination/Induction Ceremony, the Reynolds High School Athletic Hall of Fame and Annual Nomination/Induction Ceremony, and the Reynolds High School Alumni Association, which now annually contributes three $1,000 alumni association scholarships to Reynolds High School seniors. Reynolds School District complemented these efforts through the creation of student and parent advisory councils to discuss ways of providing ongoing improvement to education and school environment as well as a student internship program in collaboration with area businesses as a means of providing students with mentorship and professional internship experiences.
Clarion-Limestone Area School District in Clarion County won an honorable mention for the creation of its innovative “Amphibian Ark” research and education facility, a collaborative effort with Clarion University. Bangor Area School District, in Northampton County, also received an honorable mention for its dynamic farm-to-school efforts, including the running of farm stands and gardening to provide families and seniors in need with fresh fruits and vegetables. Each honorable mention winner receives a plaque and $250.
This year’s awards will be presented jointly by CREC and PARSS at the PARSS Annual Meeting April 29 in State College, Pa.