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posted: Tue, Apr 21st, 2015


Students attend Read For Ronald dinner celebration

Three CMS students recently ventured to Philadelphia for a special dinner honoring the top fundraisers in the Read For Ronald program. Students Teagan Mendel, Angelina Manjarres, and Jonathan Narcise joined principal Kevin Moore and teacher/program coordinator Karen Husser for the April 14 awards reception.

CMS recently raised more than $8,600 for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, an organization that supports the families of seriously ill children. In total, the participating schools in the Read For Ronald fundraising drive raised $112,000 – the first time the effort broke $100,000 in donations. 

Read for Ronald is sponsored by the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team and not only supports the Ronald McDonald House but also encourages students in participating elementary and middle schools to read. Each volunteer raised money from family members and friends who pledged a certain dollar amount for every minute that the student read in February. Any reading counted, whether it was reading books, magazines, or newspapers. 

CMS received a plaque for its participation.

Photos: Teagan Mendel (below), Angelina Manjarres (middle), and Jonathan Narcise (bottom) with members of the 76ers, the 76ers mascot, and Ronald McDonald


Fifth-grader Thomas Villareale takes careful aim

Hitting the bull’s-eye 

You probably wouldn’t want to stand in front of them with an apple on your head, but the fourth- and fifth-graders at CMS are pretty good shots. The students recently completed a unit on archery.

This is the sixth consecutive year in which CMS physical education teachers Karen Drach-Parker and Michael Sickles have offered the popular activity for their older students.

“They love it,” said Mr. Sickles. “The kids are very serious and safety conscious. And sometimes they surprise themselves. Some go in thinking they won’t do well and then find they really have a knack for it.” 

The teachers, both certified by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), keep a watchful eye from start to finish to ensure that students are following strict safety protocols and proper technique.

All the equipment was provided through a grant from the NASP including targets, compound bows, arrows, and a curriculum guide. Mount Olive is one of the few districts in the area to offer archery in its schools. Mount Olive resident and archer Pat Fiedler was the inspiration for the teachers to add archery to the curriculum.

So if you’re planning to storm a castle any time soon or if the zombie apocalypse becomes a reality, rest assured: CMS students can watch your back.

Total concentration for fifth-grader Elyssa Caravaca right before she lets her arrow fly
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