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DYBERRY DONATION TO HELP KIDS
The Wayne Highlands Education Association (WHEA) has announced that Dyberry Day Camp is the recipient of its May 2021 WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant. A check for $900 was delivered by WHEA to ARC of Wayne County, which runs the Dyberry Day Camp.
Dyberry Day Camp was started in 1972 when parents and teachers from the J.J. Koehler School, Honesdale, established the Dyberry Day Camp for challenged children in Wayne County. Over the years, hundreds of students, aged 5-21, have benefited from the leisure time activities offered at the month-long camp which runs during the month of July. The operation of the camp is relatively simple. A typical day includes roll call and pledge to the American flag, circle time, crafts, field trips, physical activities and swimming at the Honesdale Community Pool.
Approximately 60 students enjoy the opportunity to attend Dyberry Day Camp. The camp and other Arc activities area are primarily funded through a community solicitation and through an annual Bike-Hike, supported by the Wayne Highlands and Wallenpaupack Area Education Associations. The Arc, Wayne County, is dedicated to ensure that every person with an intellectual disability will reach his/her personal potential. Visit www.thearcwaynecounty.org for more information regarding the Dyberry Day Camp and the Arc, Wayne County.
WHEA joins with the wider community in wishing much continued success to the folks at Dyberry Day Camp, and thanks them for the valuable work they do in our community!



NORTHERN WAYNE LIBRARY IN LAKEWOOD RECEIVES WHEA GRANT


The Wayne Highlands Education Association has announced that the Wayne Library in Lakewood is the March 2021 recipient of the WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant. A check for $900 was awarded by WHEA to the Wayne County Public Library.


The Wayne County Public Library’s director, Ms. Tracy Schwarz said, “For the most part ,funding that we receive from generous donations like WHEA’s goes to everything from purchasing STEM kits and supporting early literacy to providing the funds necessary to keep the heat and lights on in the building. On behalf of our dedicated Staff, Library Board, and Friends Group at the Wayne County Public Library I'm honored to thank WHEA for being a bridge between the generations by supporting your community library. Your generous donation lets us know you want your library to be here, sustaining the community for years to come. We will continue to work incredibly hard to make a difference and show you a return on your investment.”


Consumers of the Wayne Library make use of a myriad of services and opportunities. From brand new parents, to Canasta playing enjoyers of life, from technology users to traditional book readers, from story time toddlers to Tutor.com-using teens, or second career starting risk takers to life-long learners, our people value our library. As former First Lady (and librarian) Laura Bush, once said, “The most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”


Beyond this, libraries in rural communities serve as vital cultural hubs. While the entire county enjoys the salutary benefits of a strong library association, it is the most sparsely populated portions of the county that benefit most from our excellent libraries.


WHEA recognizes the many contributions of our local library system, not just in Lakewood, but all throughout the county, and urges our people to make full use of the services which are offered.




IT TAKES A VILLAGE RECEIVES WHEA GRANT

 

The Wayne Highlands Education Association has announced that It Takes a Village is the February 2021 recipient of the WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant. A check for $900 was awarded by WHEA to It Takes a Village. 

Although It Takes a Village is an initiative of the guidance counselors throughout the Wayne Highlands School District, the program has impacts and implications far beyond the six buildings in the district. Need and immediacy guide the organization’s efforts. This prioritization was the result of the counselors’ direct experience. As their website relates, counselors had increasingly observed “an increase in families struggling to get basic needs met while waiting for better solutions for their family.” Realizing the time-sensitive nature of many crises, “[t]he counselors recognized some needs simply must be met FAST.” Consequently, It Takes a Village has provided a swift, robust, and flexible response to numerous challenges for families throughout the district.

Behind and driving the good work of It Takes a Village is the keen understanding that families generally and students specifically require basic security for true health, wellness, growth, and productivity. Whether the need is for increased food security, gas money for wage earners to commute to work, or assistance in paying electric bills, It Takes a Village helps to assure that the foundation of need is met so that students and families can truly pursue prosperity.

WHEA recognizes the myriad contributions which comprise the major, essential contribution of It Takes a Village, not just for students, but also for families in urgent need throughout the county.



WHEA SALUTES WAYNE COUNTY FOOD PANTRY


The Wayne Highlands Education Association has announced that The Wayne County Food Pantry is the recipient of its December 2020 WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant.  At the conclusion of this uniquely challenging year, WHEA is proud to award this $900 grant to an organization that provides food security through both difficult and catastrophic circumstances. 


The funding will support the Pantry’s goal of assisting those in need in our community.  In less challenging conditions, the Wayne County Food Pantry Program helps about 550 households each month with a bag or box of food to help stretch limited household budgets.  However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased both the need and value of the WCFP’s services. A monthly food bag containing a variety of wholesome household foods such as canned fruit, vegetables, meats, spaghetti, soup, cereal, and juice can mean the difference between adequate and inadequate nutrition for many individuals and families.  


There are five pantry location sites throughout Wayne county:  Damascus, Honesdale, Lakeville, Lakewood, and Newfoundland.  More information on the food pantry can be obtained by calling 570-253-4262 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, by emailing Clarissa Wimmers at cwimmers@waynecountypa.gov, or by U.S. mail to Wayne County Food Pantry, 323 Tenth Street, Honesdale, PA  18431.


The Wayne Highlands Education Association is grateful for the work done by the Wayne County Food Pantry, and recognizes them for the invaluable work that they do every month, year in and year out, throughout the community.



WAYNE LIBRARY IN HONESDALE RECEIVES WHEA GRANT

 The Wayne Highlands Education Association has announced that the Wayne County Public Library System is the November 2020 recipient of the WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant. A check for $900 was awarded by WHEA to the Wayne County Public Library.

The Wayne County Public Library’s director, Ms. Tracy Schwarz said, “For the most part, funding that we receive from generous donations like WHEA’s goes to everything from purchasing STEM kits and supporting early literacy to providing the funds necessary to keep the heat and lights on in the building.  On behalf of our dedicated Staff, Library Board, and Friends Group at the Wayne County Public Library I'm honored to thank WHEA for being a bridge between the generations by supporting your community library.  Your generous donation  lets us know you want your library to be here, sustaining the community for years to come. We will continue to work incredibly hard to make a difference and show you a return on your investment.”

Consumers of the Wayne Library make use of a myriad of services and opportunities.  From brand new parents, to Canasta-playing enjoyers of life, from technology users to traditional book readers, from story time toddlers to Tutor.com-using teens, or second career starting risk takers to life-long learners, our people value our library.  As former First Lady (and librarian) Laura Bush, once said, “The most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”

WHEA recognizes the many contributions of our local library system, not just in Honesdale, but all throughout the county, and urges our people to make full use of the services which are offered.



WHEA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM HONORS HONESDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT AS FIRST RECIPIENT OF YEAR

 The Wayne Highlands Education Association has announced that the Honesdale Fire Department is the recipient of its October 2020 WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant.  A check for $900 was awarded by WHEA to the Honesdale Fire Department.  

Honesdale Fire Department’s four companies are wholly volunteer-based and serve approximately 10,500 citizens in a 45-square mile fire district, which includes two boroughs and five surrounding townships.  The district consists of an urbanized center within the borough, including the Wayne County Courthouse and the Wayne Memorial Hospital, a number of retirement and assisted living facilities,  summer camps, many older storefronts, and a growing rural perimeter population.

In addition to responding to fires as they occur, Honesdale Fire Department works to provide unique features and new technology on fire apparatuses, and to increase fire safety through fire prevention programs. Further, the department actively responds to natural disasters, rescue situations, automobile accidents, natural cover fires, missing persons reports, traffic control situations, and the assistance of police and ambulance personnel.

In these examples and more, the department is called to service nearly 400 times per year. Making this possible are approximately eighty well-trained and certified volunteers. These volunteers dedicate countless hours each year to training, fundraising, and the protection of  our community.

WHEA salutes the Fire Department for the invaluable services they provide.  It is both our privilege and our pleasure to support the Honesdale Fire Department in its vital role in our community.


 

 


 



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