Citizenship Study Club members gathered for their monthly meeting on Jan. 21 at the home of Marlys Emerson.
Wanita Moody shared the poem, “America,” by Myrtle Fisher Seaverns. The selection was particularly appropriate, the day being Martin Luther King Day and Inauguration Day.
Program presenters Principal Karla Beck and Community Liaison Silvia Soloranzo were introduced by Ruth Ann Danger. They gave the background of Northside School’s being identified as a Priority School.
They shared a current update on real issues involved and the work being done to raise the students’ math and reading test scores.
A School Improvement Grant was awarded to provide assistance in meeting this goal. Among the many requirements of this grant were some staff hiring and job descriptions for those directly involved; these were reviewed. Work done can be viewed as an opportunity to transform teaching and learning. The outcome can better not only St.
James Public Schools, but our community as well. Members were grateful for the excellent presentation which left them better informed.
A report on the book “If We Forget…” was given by Ruth Ann Danger. The book compiles the thoughts of a group of people with early- to mid-stage memory loss. It is their hope that sharing how they feel will convey to others what they would like known about people like them and how they wish to be treated.
The next meeting will be Feb. 18, with Bev Huettl as hostess and Marge Jenkins in charge of the program.