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GJSD staff stays active in community

Johnstown Teachers Association President Nancy Lisicki gives a report to the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Thursday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District’s faculty union members have been out in the community donating time and money to various causes.

Johnstown Teachers Association President Nancy Lisicki covered some of her union’s activities for the Board of Education Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

Lisicki said that in the past month, the JTA donated 26 pies to the NOAH, or Neighbors Organized Against Hunger food pantry program run by St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The teachers union was also involved in adding extras to the district’s Backpack Program in December around the holidays, Lisicki said. In the program, backpacks are sent home to needy students with food for the entire family. Lisicki said that thanks to “enhanced donations,” the JTA in mid-December was able to send home a second backpack with the students that included pajamas and books. She said 69 pairs of pajamas were sent home to needy families.

Lisicki also reported to the board that the JTA tries to support literacy programs when it can.

“We aim to support literacy,” she said.

Lisicki said JTA representatives marched in the early December annual Johnstown Holiday Parade downtown. She said union members passed out 500 new books to kids along the parade route.

“The look of surprise was just remarkable,” she said.

Other building reports given Thursday night included a student liaison report from Trey Naselli.

Naselli went through activities at the district’s five schools in the past month, which were mostly holiday-related. Students at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School made letters for Santa, he said. Naselli also reported that 95 students and their families at Glebe Street Elementary School attended a Santa’s Wonderland program on Dec. 10. Students at Glebe also participated in a Dec. 16 holiday sing-a-long activity.

Students at Warren Street Elementary School welcomed new Principal Michael Smith, Naselli said.

A holiday concert was enjoyed at Knox Junior High School, Naselli said.

Naselli also reported JHS had a first quarter awards assembly. A Winter Spirit Week activity was a “huge hit,” he said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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