Friday, October 15, 2021

Safety Program Supported in Local Schools

As the school year begins, a new student safety program is being implemented in some local school districts with funding assistance from two endowments at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The ALICE Program, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate is in use at the Blue Ridge, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community School Districts. Susquehanna Community’s Superintendent, Bronson Stone, first inquired about potential funding from The Community Foundation. Funding levels were increased when it was learned the other two districts are also participating in program article

The Jessie Osgood Tourje Memorial Fund, in memory of the matriarch of the Tourje family of Forest City to assist local schools, is providing $4,200 to be shared evenly with Blue Ridge, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community. Moreover, retired Blue Ridge Principal John Manchester has provided permission for a $1,290 grant from the Blue Ridge Education Association Cheryl Manchester Memorial Fund to also help with the expenses of the Blue Ridge ALICE Program. That permanent endowment was established in memory of Mr. Manchester’s late wife, herself a long-time and well respected teacher, to support special unfunded projects in the district. Together these two endowments will help provide a safe learning environment for local students and teachers.

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