By Sara Myer, Esq. Again this week, we are honored to have East Parent Ambassador Regional Coordinator, Sara Myer, continue her guest blog on school choice, this time approaching it from her perspective as a lawyer:
By Sara Myer, Esq. This week, we are honored to have another guest blogger for the PA Virtual Blog: East Parent Ambassador Regional Coordinator, Sara Myer. Sara is a 2003 graduate of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law and holds a juris doctorate in law as well as a certificate in mediation and conflict resolution. Her family has been with PA Virtual since 2009, with son Gavin currently in 5th grade, son Rhys in 4th, and 5-year-old daughter Bryn looking forward to enrolling with PA Virtual next year.
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This time of year is wonderful for many reasons, including presents (woot!), time spent with family, and lots of cookies! But another reason this time of year is special is the variety of opportunities we have to reach out to others and show that we care. Even better, many of these opportunities provide chances to involve the entire family in giving to others—whether it is the gift of an item or simply time.
[thangk-fuhl]: adjective 1. feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative. There may be nothing controversial, innovative, groundbreaking, novel, or unique about expressing gratitude this time of year, but that does not make it an insignificant or wasted expression. Time spent counting our blessings and expressing thanks is always time well spent. What is PA Virtual thankful for this year? Our CEO Dr. Joanne Barnett, sums up PA Virtual's gratitude simply and succinctly... “I am thankful for the opportunity of school choice and that it allows PA Virtual to exist.”
Although it has been a few weeks since we set our clocks back for Daylight Savings Time, the shortening daylight has us wondering once again... What exactly is Daylight Savings Time? Why do we do it? According to timeanddate.com, Daylight Savings Time (or DST, as the cool kids call it) is intended to make better use of daylight and save energy. The web site details the history of DST, going the whole way back to ancient civilizations. (Who knew?)
Today at PA Virtual, one of our students led a presentation entitled “Choose Kind” as part of a month-long anti-bullying campaign spearheaded by our Guidance Counselors. The presentation led to a discussion among students about how to treat each other. A quick internet search on “choose kind” yields a wealth of sites promoting that message. From Random House to Disney, The Chicago Tribune to YouTube, the sites encourage kindness among our children, feature stories about bullying, or provide kindness resources.