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Student Garden Project Awarded for Modeling Health and Wellness7/11/2014
IU13 Announces Annie Sullivan Award Winner6/3/2014
InfoSnap Expands Partnership with IU13—Bringing Online Registration to School Districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware2/25/2014
IU 13 STEM Consortium Announces Winners2/12/2014
Get Ready for the Holiday Student Bazaars!12/3/2013
An Extraordinary Day for Local Families Supported by IU 1311/25/2013
Student Event Will Focus on Image and Interview Experience11/4/2013
Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation Will Again Participate in the Extraordinary Give10/22/2013
IU 13 Receives One of 40 Citizenship Grants9/18/2013
Direct Energy and IU 13 Expand Electricity Program9/12/2013
IU 13 Releases Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act Training9/3/2013

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services and programs to school districts and communities across the state. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and in implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose to improve student learning. Through partnerships with the 22 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as nonpublic school students, preschoolers, and adult learners, IU 13 provides outstanding service, support, and solutions to all.

Media Contact: Shannan B. Guthrie, Media, Communications, and Public Relations Specialist, IU 13, (717) 201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org 


Student Garden Project Awarded for Modeling Health and Wellness
Columbia Garden - classroomLancaster, PA: A partnership between enthusiastic teachers, inspired students, and a generous local business has been awarded for being a model of health and wellness. It began as an idea with Michelle Westerman, Columbia School District Cafeteria Manager, who wanted to build a school garden. She reached out to other teachers regarding the idea and sought funding to make the dream affordable.
 
Alcoa, a local business in Lancaster County, awarded the project a $1,500 grant to buy materials, as well as a volunteer work crew, which spent several hours with the students designing and building the garden.
 
Columbia Garden - students in gardenWesterman also reached out to several teachers for support. Mr. Delallo, who teaches Wood Technology, helped students design and build the raised wood boxes, bean trellises, and garden markers. Students from Mr. Shoff’s science classroom researched sun exposure and selected the best area for the gardens to be located. The students also created blue prints to use for assigning plants to each box. Columbia SD science teacher, Mrs. Frey, helped her students design and install an irrigation system. And finally, the plants were purchased and started by Mrs. Cherry’s IU13 Learning Support classroom, and later transplanted into the garden.
 
Over the summer months, Mr. Moser (IU13 Job Trainer) and Ms. Sliger (Food and Consumer Science teacher) will be taking students to the school to maintain the gardens and harvest foods for use by the cafeteria staff in the following school year. It is anticipated that this project will be continued in the coming school year.
 
Columbia Garden - student in gardenThis hard work and collaboration across multiple classrooms and grade levels at Columbia School District, was recognized by Lighten Up Lancaster County and recently awarded the 2014 Apple Award. Lighten Up Lancaster County (LULC), in partnership with Lancaster General Health, recently announced the winners of the 2014 Apple Awards, recognizing schools for their commitment to engaging students and faculty in promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
 
Evidence shows that by helping children eat healthy and be physically active early in life, the risk for becoming obese is significantly decreased. Such actions also provide children with the knowledge and skills for an overall healthier lifestyle.
 
Local winners include: • Columbia Jr./Sr. High School: 1st Place- Nutrition • Ephrata Middle School: 1st Place- Physical Activity • Cocalico School District (Food Services): 1st Place- Innovation Sue Lackmann from Lancaster General Health presented the awards to each school during the first week in June.
 
For more information about the Apple Award presentations, contact Sue Lackmann at selackma@lghealth.org or visit www.LightenUpLancaster.org. The Apple Awards are made possible with funding from Lancaster General Health. ####
IU13 Announces Annie Sullivan Award Winner

Lancaster, PA: Heidi Gardner of Lititz, PA, was recently named the 2014 Annie Sullivan Award Winner by Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13). The award recognizes a professional staff member who exemplifies caring involvement of students with disabilities, and goes beyond the duties of the classroom in helping others in the school and community to understand and accept people with disabilities.  It is named after Helen Keller’s teacher and is presented to a professional in special education who has been nominated by his/her peers.  

 

Heidi is an IU13 teacher of special education, who teaches a Warwick High School Multiple Disabilities Support Classroom. 

As part of the nomination process staff, students, and parents of students offered testimonials. Here are some excerpts from their testimonials, which exemplify the dedication Heidi has for her work and students.

 

“(I am) continually amazed at her natural ability to work with each student in such a caring and compassionate manner, every day.” (Coworker)

 

“Heidi is caring, fair, and respectful, and has a work ethic that doesn’t quit. She holds high expectations for herself, her staff, and her students.”  (Coworker)

 

“I don’t take this award lightly…Heidi Gardner is one of those rare people who I would even consider nominating.” (Coworker)

 

“Over the years that I have known Heidi, she has served as a quality educator, a leader among her peers, and most importantly, a strong advocate for her students.” (School District Administrator)

 

“Getting the students out into the community, making them comfortable in their surrounding, and encouraging acceptance is of the utmost important to her.” (Coworker)

 

“Heidi was my son’s teacher…and has always been a strength to me as I coped with his disabilities.  Heidi is always so upbeat and her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty is truly her greatest asset.”  (Parent of student)

 

IU13 presents one staff member with the Annie Sullivan Award each year, as do most intermediate units across the Commonwealth.  Heidi was officially recognized by the IU13 Board of Directors at the May Board Meeting (5/14/14). She accepted the award on behalf of her students, their parents, and her staff who work together to make a difference for learners.

 

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services and programs to school districts and communities across the state. IU13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and in implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose to improve student learning. Through partnerships with the 22 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as nonpublic school students, preschoolers, and adult learners, IU 13 provides outstanding service, support, and solutions to all!  For more information visit www.iu13.org.

 

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Media Contact:

Shannan B. Guthrie – Media, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for IU 13

717-201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org

InfoSnap Expands Partnership with IU13—Bringing Online Registration to School Districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware

InfoSnap, inc., the leading provider of online registration management systems for K-12, is pleased to announce the expansion of a partnership with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13). Through the partnership, educational services are extended, via a preferred pricing model, beyond the state of Pennsylvania to include New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

IU 13, based in Pennsylvania, is dedicated to delivering child and adult education services to districts and communities. “Extending this partnership with InfoSnap is an opportunity that will benefit districts across all four states,” says Karen Oberly, Technology Service Manager, IU 13. “The efficiency of implementing an online registration management system will provide educators with more time to focus on their students, reduce the daunting and time-consuming task of excessive administrative duties, and accommodate the hectic schedules of parents...It really is a win-win situation.”

InfoSnap’s powerful online solutions provide secure, customized forms based on a district’s needs and existing business process. Data submitted through these forms is scrubbed and delivered into the district’s student information system (SIS). All InfoSnap solutions are backed by dedicated solution specialists, supporting both the district’s infrastructure and families.

Selected features of InfoSnap solutions specific to the technology needs of IU 13 school districts include:

  •     Customized student registration and back to school packets.
  •     Document scanning and upload (birth certificates, proof of residency documents, etc.)
  •     Data integration to the customer’s student information system (SIS).
  •     Powerful administrative portals for the review, editing, and managing of data.
  •     Mandatory and optional student fee collection and credit card processing.
  •     SmartForm™ Technology to accommodate grade and/or school specific questions.
  •     Electronic signature capture from parents.

“We are pleased to expand the successful relationship we have with IU 13 and combining our resources has already benefited many school districts across Pennsylvania. Our partnership shows a sustained commitment to providing excellent service. Now, districts in New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, will also benefit from this partnership, offering each access to a customized solution that will save them time, money, and resources.” - Karin Holtz, Director of Business Development, InfoSnap.

School districts that have recently taken advantage of the partnership between IU 13 and InfoSnap include Cumberland Valley, Unionville-Chadds Ford, Souderton Area, Pennridge, Pottsgrove, and Avon Grove.

About InfoSnap:
InfoSnap®, Inc. is the leading provider of cloud-based registration management systems, including online Application, Admissions, School Choice/Lottery, New Student Enrollment and Returning Student Registration, and Staff Registration solutions, designed specifically for Pre K-12 independent, charter, and public schools. InfoSnap solutions provide: (i) secure, customized online forms based on your existing business processes and designed using SmartForm Technology; (ii) a powerful administrative portal for the review, editing, and managing of data; (iii) and data integration to the student information system (SIS) utilizing an advanced Data Integration Framework. All solutions are backed by dedicated solution specialists, supporting both your infrastructure and families. InfoSnap was founded in 2000 and serves a growing client base of 600+ Pre K-12 customers around the world. For more information, visit
http://www.infosnap.com.

IU 13 STEM Consortium Announces Winners of First Student Competition

Lancaster, PA – The STEM Consortium at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) announces the student winners of the inaugural IU 13 STEM Consortium Student Competition (2013-2014 school year). Six school teams and 23 students were announced today as the winners, each receiving a gift card and certificate of recognition.

 

About the IU 13 STEM Consortium:

The newly formed IU 13 STEM Consortium is comprised of select school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through consortium activity.

 

About the competition:

The competition, available for students in grades 4-12, was designed to increase STEM-related educational opportunities for students within the region. Students had to plan, record, edit, and produce a video answering the question “What is STEM?” Entries were divided by grade levels: 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th.

 

About the winners:

Each winning student received a gift card valued at: $100 (first place), $50 (second place), and $25 (third place). They also received a certificate of recognition. The winners are as follows:

 

Grades 4-6

Place

Student Name

School

District

1

Ben Steinhart

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

1

Tyler Tang

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

1

Elijah Perez

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

1

Eduardo Burgos

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

2

Michelle Lam

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

2

Maddie Whitcraft

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

2

Victoria Diaz

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

2

Jaden Stokes

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

3

Elizabeth Calix

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

3

Lorelai Sanchez

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

3

Illiana Tejada

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

3

Allison Gonzalez

Hamilton Elementary School

School District of Lancaster

 

Grades 7-9

Place

Student Name

School

District

1

Jared Bitts

Pequea Valley High School

Pequea Valley School District

1

Alyssa Clemmer

Pequea Valley High School

Pequea Valley School District

1

Daniel Gingerich

Pequea Valley High School

Pequea Valley School District

2

Devin Davis

Pequea Valley High School

Pequea Valley School District

2

Ashley Hoover

Pequea Valley High School

Pequea Valley School District

2

Skarlett March

Pequea Valley High School

Pequea Valley School District

2

Brittnee Steen

Pequea Valley High School

Pequea Valley School District

 

Grades 10-12

Place

Student Name

School

District

1

Mengyun Olivia Xu

Lancaster Country Day School

N/A

1

Bruce Lun

Lancaster Country Day School

N/A

1

Nicholas Gerace

Lancaster Country Day School

N/A

1

Mike Pitorak

Lancaster Country Day School

N/A

 

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services and programs to school districts and communities across the state. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and in implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose to improve student learning. Through partnerships with the 22 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as nonpublic school students, preschoolers, and adult learners, IU 13 provides outstanding service, support, and solutions to all!  For more information visit www.iu13.org.

 

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Media Contact:

Shannan B. Guthrie – Media, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for IU 13

717-201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org

Get Ready for the Holiday Student Bazaars!
Promoting the occupation of handicrafts.

It’s time to start holiday shopping. This Thursday and Friday IU 13 is sponsoring two Holiday Student Bazaars. Several students from IU 13 “School-to-Work” programs and school district classes will come together to showcase and sell their handmade products, promoting the occupation of handicrafts to teach students basic work skills, marketing, advertising, and selling. These events are rewarding for everyone!

 

Lancaster County Bazaar

Thursday, December 5th

9am-1pm

Lancaster-Lebanon IU13

1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster

 

Lebanon County Bazaar (New Venue)

Friday, December 6th

9am-1pm

Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging

710 Maple Street, Lebanon

           

 

Event Background:

Each year IU 13 sponsors student bazaars in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, which provides students with an opportunity to showcase and sell their handmade products, promoting the occupation of handicrafts to teach students basic work skills, marketing, advertising, and selling.

 

The students are part of a district-operated class or the IU 13-operated “School-to-Work” program, which provides community-based training in real work settings. The IU 13 program is available for high school students with disabilities and is designed to help students learn self-determination, functional academics, and to establish linkages to adult service agencies. The bazaars are incorporated into the classroom curriculum and play an invaluable role in teaching skill acquisition. It allows teachers to observe students in an integrated setting and determine if skills taught in the classroom have been mastered. For example – product development and marketing, social interaction skills, and the practical skills of counting money, providing change, and talking to customers.

 

The Student Bazaars are featured events for students. Last year, over 300 students participated in the events, filling the rooms smiling faces and energy! The students can’t wait to tell you about ‘their craft’ and what they learned while making it. It is an amazing experience for the students, as well as the attendees.

 

Media Contact:

Shannan B. Guthrie

Media, Communications, and Public Relations Specialist for IU 13

717-201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org

 

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services to school districts and communities across the state. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose of improving student learning. IU 13 serves the 22 public school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as students in nonpublic schools, preschoolers, and adult learners throughout Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.iu13.org.

An Extraordinary Day for Local Families Supported by IU 13

Last Friday was truly extraordinary for the Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation and our local families. Through the Extraordinary Give event, 86 individuals donated a total of $10,535 to help IU 13 families in need this holiday. These funds will be used to help families with clothing, necessary medications, utility bills, etc. On behalf of the LLEF board of directors, staff, and families, thank you all for making a difference in the lives of others. Thank you for being extraordinary!  

To learn more about this event and the local families we're supporting, click here   

Student Event Will Focus on Image and Interview Experience
Mock Interviews and Student Fashion Show

Lancaster, PA: On Wednesday, November 6th, students from Lancaster and Lebanon county school districts will get a first-hand experience with interviewing (and dressing) for a job. The Image and Interview Experience Event, being hosted by Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 (IU 13), will help students with interviewing skills, dressing appropriately for an interview, and being “job ready” overall. Forty-five (45) business partners such as The Hershey Company, Alcoa Mill Products, Scantron, and many more will participate in the event by interviewing students. But this event will go beyond the “nuts and bolts” of the interview experience – it will also discuss proper interview/work attire and use student models for a fashion show. Local retailers such as Lebanon Dress for Success, The American Beauty Academy, and Maurices, will donate supplies and their time to participate in the fashion show, with the goal of helping students learn how to dress appropriately for a job interview and the workplace. Additionally students will attend workshops to learn about attire, make-up application, shaving, etc. 

 

What:      Image and Interview Experience Event for Students

Who:       Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, local business partners, and local students

Why:       The student participants are local high school seniors who will soon be applying for jobs. The lessons learned from the mock interview process and student fashion show will help the students be more prepared for life after graduation.   

Where:   The Conference and Training Center at IU 13, 1020 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA

When:     Wednesday, November 6th,  9:30am-12:00noon

 

Participating Businesses: The Hershey Company, Alcoa Mill Products, Willow Valley Retirement Community, Edible Arrangements, Union Community Bank, Free Geek Penn, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 (HRS), Career Link, Dutch Valley Foods, Warwick School District, Donegal School District, Elanco School District, Manheim Downtown, Quest, SABVI, Scantron, Jones Auto Group, LGH, Penn State University, Primitives By Kathy, Lebanon Dress for Success, Maurices of Rockvale Square, The American Beauty Academy, and many more (45+)

 

Student Models: The student models participating in the fashion show are from Lampeter-Strasburg HS, School District of Lancaster, Manheim Township HS, Willow Valley Work Immersion Program, Hempfield HS, and the School-to-Work program at IU 13

 

Event timeline:

9:30-10:00AM                Mock Interviews/Male Image Workshop/Female Image Workshop

10:00-10:30AM              Mock Interviews/Champs Success Story/Male Image Workshop/Female Workshop

10:30-10:45AM              Break for transition to Interview Feedback Panels

10:45-11:15AM               Interview Feedback Panels

11:15-12:00 Noon          Student Fashion Show

 

Media is welcome to attend the event and interview students and participating businesses.

 

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services and programs to school districts and communities across the state. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and in implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose to improve student learning. Through partnerships with the 22 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as nonpublic school students, preschoolers, and adult learners, IU 13 provides outstanding service, support, and solutions to all!  For more information visit www.iu13.org.

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Media Contact:

Shannan B. Guthrie – Media, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for IU 13

717-201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org

Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation Will Again Participate in the Extraordinary Give

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lancaster, PA: The Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation (LLEF), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) education foundation that supports the work of Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, is pleased to announce that it will again participate in the Extraordinary Give. This November 22nd, you can go the EXTRA mile for LLEF by joining Lancaster County's largest Day of Giving.  For 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsor Rodgers & Associates.  PLUS, there’s an additional $50,000 in funds LLEF can win just from your donation!

Details about the event are available at llefoundation.org and ExtraGive.org.  So mark your calendar now and remember to visit ExtraGive.org on November 22nd, and your donation will go even further for the Lancaster County community.

When You Give Extra, Extraordinary Things Happen!Mark your calendars, Tell your Friends, Give Extraordinary. ExtraGive.org.

IU 13 Receives One of 40 Citizenship Grants
On Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, USCIS Awards Nearly $9.9M to Support Citizenship Preparation Services for Permanent Residents

 

LANCASTER, Pa. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will award Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 a grant of $250,000 to support its citizenship preparation services for permanent residents through September 2015. Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 is one of 40 organizations from 21 states to receive a total of nearly $9.9 million through USCIS’ fiscal year 2013 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program.

Since the program began in October 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has helped more than 66,000 permanent residents in 31 states and the District of Columbia prepare for citizenship. Through Sept. 30, 2015, USCIS anticipates that an additional 31,000 permanent residents will receive citizenship preparation services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

“There is a continued need for high-quality citizenship preparation services in communities across the country,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “This funding will help thousands of permanent residents gain the support they need to learn English and civics, and embrace the important rights and responsibilities of United States citizenship.”

 

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) has offered adult education programs for 42 years. IU13 was first awarded a USCIS grant in FY 2010. In partnership with Church World Service of Lancaster, IU13 will enhance services by incorporating wireless technology into citizenship classes and expand community engagement activities. IU13 serves permanent residents primarily from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Laos. IU13 expects that a minimum of 306 permanent residents will receive citizenship instruction and 440 permanent residents will receive naturalization application services.

 

The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is part of a multifaceted effort to support effective citizenship preparation services and provide information to immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations. USCIS complements this grant program with its Citizenship Resource Center, a centralized Web resource that provides learning materials to help permanent residents prepare for the naturalization process, and partnerships with federal and municipal agencies designed to raise awareness of the rights, responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship among the estimated 8.8 million permanent residents nationwide eligible to apply for naturalization.

 

This year’s announcement is part of USCIS’s celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorated every Sept. 17 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill formalizing the celebration of Citizenship Day. In 2004, Congress established Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

 

For additional information on the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please visit www.uscis.gov/grants.

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Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services and programs to school districts and communities across the state. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and in implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose to improve student learning. Through partnerships with the 22 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as nonpublic school students, preschoolers, and adult learners, IU 13 provides outstanding service, support, and solutions to all!  For more information visit www.iu13.org.

 

IU 13 Media Contact:  Shannan B. Guthrie – Media, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for IU 13

717-201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org

Direct Energy and IU 13 Expand Electricity Program
Program is Now Available to All PPL and MetEd Customers in Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania (September 12, 2013)  – This past December, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) and Direct Energy announced a partnership to offer a discounted rate for residential electricity supply to PPL utility customers located in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The program, which is marketed to residents as The Direct Choice Residential Electricity Program, is an extension of IU 13’s Electricity Procurement Program currently provided to school districts in the two-county area. As part of this new partnership for residents, a percentage of revenue from the program will be reinvested to support the research, development, and implementation of education initiatives.

 

The Direct Choice Program has been well received by residents and successfully secured over 3,497 new customers since its implementation. Based on that success, the program is now being expanded to all PPL and MetEd utility customers throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

 

The Direct Choice Program is an agreement between Direct Energy and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 that allows residents and small businesses located in the state of Pennsylvania to lock in their electricity supply rate price for a specified period of time. Here are the details:  

 

What the Direct Choice Program Offers:

PPL Customers:

Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0799 per kWh for a full 24 months

Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0789 per kWh for a full 24 months for senior citizens age 65+

No sign-up or cancellation fees

MetEd Customers:

Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0799 per kWh for a full 18 months

Fixed low electricity supply rate of $0.0789 per kWh for a full 18 months for senior citizens age 65+

No sign-up or cancellation fees

 

Who is Eligible?

Must use PPL or MetEd as the current electricity supplier

Must be eligible to participate in the state’s customer choice program.


How to Enroll in the Program:

Have a copy of your electricity bill

PPL Customers: Visit www.directenergy.com/PPL13 or call 1-877-330-8250

MetEd Customers: Visit www.directenergy.com/MTE13 or call 1-877-369-0983

“This program is a win-win for our communities, since not only do residents receive a lower electricity rate, but a percentage of the revenue from the program will support education initiatives," commented Steve Frey, IU 13 Collaborative Services Manager. “It is exciting to see the success of this program and to be able to expand the opportunity to residents across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

 

To learn more about Direct Choice Program, residents can contact Direct Energy’s Customer Service Department toll free at 1-877-330-8250, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. 

 

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About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with more than 6 million

residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. Visit www.directenergy.com.

 

About IU 13
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) strives to improve student learning by providing both direct educational services and educational support services for public school districts, as well as for adult education students, nonpublic schools, and preschoolers and their families. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and implementing programs to meet those needs.

 

Media Contacts:

Direct Energy

Julie Hendry - Public Relations Specialist

Office: 412.667.6133 or Julie.Hendry@directenergy.com

 

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

Shannan B. Guthrie – Media, Communications and Public Relations Specialist

717-201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org

IU 13 Releases Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act Training
Training Is Compliant with PA Act 126

Lancaster/Lebanon, PA: A new training series called The Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act Training developed by IU 13 staff is designed to provide an affordable solution for districts to comply with PA Act 126 and specifically outline their responsibilities related to child abuse recognition and reporting. Protecting children from abuse and/or neglect is a responsibility shared by every educator. This training series is designed to help educators spot the warning signs of abuse and/or neglect and take timely action to report the suspected situation.

 

In July 2012, Governor Corbett signed into law PA Act 126, which amended the Public School Code of 1949. As a result, all school entities and independent school contractors must be provided certified training on the provisions of PA Act 126 – the Child Abuse Recognition and Report Act. The mandated training, at a minimum, must include the following, specific topics:

  • Recognition of the signs of abuse,
  • Recognition of the signs of sexual misconduct,
  • Reporting requirements for suspected abuse and sexual misconduct,
  • Provisions of the Act of December 12, 1973 (P.L.397, No.141), known as the "Professional Educator Discipline Act," including mandatory reporting requirements,
  • School entity's policies related to reporting of suspected abuse and sexual misconduct, and
  • Maintenance of professional and appropriate relationships with students.

 

This law not only applies to all school entities (i.e., public schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units, and/or area vocational-technical schools), but also applies to all independent contractors of school entities and contracted substitute teachers who have direct contact with children. Direct contact, per PA Act 126, is defined as “the possibility of care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.”

 

PA Act 126, which became effective January 2, 2013, states that a minimum of three hours of training must be completed every five years. This can be administered in a face-to-face setting, online, or via distance communication systems, provided that the training addresses all of the requisite topics. It is also recommended that every school entity and contractor develop an ongoing training protocol.

 

The Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act Training video series by IU 13 is designed to assist school entities and independent contractors in complying with the new Act. It features content experts from across the state and is filmed with a combination of interviews, dramatizations, and reviews hosted by the narrator. Viewers will find the presentation to be informative and engaging. While there are several similar programs on the market today, many of them require a per person/annual subscription fee. IU 13 developed an affordable and practical solution for districts, featuring a five-year license for only $2,000, with no additional fees beyond the initial investment. Additionally, the format of the training, which is divided into three, one-hour sessions, can be viewed in a large- or small-group session. Access to the training series is unlimited while the five-year license is active.

 

The training series can be accessed HERE or on www.Knowledge4Solutions.com, keyword search - Act 126. 

 

For more information about The Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act Training Video, please contact John Baker, CPP at 717-606-1629 or email at johnr_baker@iu13.org.

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Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services and programs to school districts and communities across the state. IU 13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and in implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose to improve student learning. Through partnerships with the 22 school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as nonpublic school students, preschoolers, and adult learners, IU 13 provides outstanding service, support, and solutions to all!  For more information visit www.iu13.org.

 

Media Contact:  Shannan B. Guthrie – Media, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for IU 13, 717-201-2365 or shannan_guthrie@iu13.org

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