Tuesday, January 19, 2021


The Wayne Highlands Education Association would like to extend its congratulations to this year’s WHEA Scholarship award winners, Eva Cooley and Natalee West. Eva and Natalee were selected from an outstanding pool of applicants based on criteria including grades, extracurricular activities, resume, and essay response.

Eva will be attending Grove City College in the fall to major in either secondary English or mathematics education. Her ultimate goal is to become a secondary English or mathematics teacher.  In that role, she hopes to inspire the next generation of hard workers and critical thinkers.

Natalee will attend Penn State Hazelton in the fall with a plan of moving to Penn State University Park after two years.  She plans on dual majoring in special education and Spanish, and minoring in secondary English. She would like to teach at the secondary level, with the ultimate goal of teaching English in a Spanish-speaking country to special needs children. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of her pupils, and she knows the importance of building positive relationships based upon mutual trust with her students.

Eva and Natalee exemplify the best of the class of 2020, and WHEA is proud to support them as they pursue the lofty goal of making the world a better place one child at a time.


The Wayne Highlands Education Association is proud to announce a donation of two thousand dollars in support of the newly-established Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Fund. 

While WHEA typically plans its donations proactively, circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis prompted strong reactions from both WHEA members and WHEA itself. As WHEA President Gretchen Israel noted, “when Mr. Frigoletto sent us word about the formation of t

he Emergency Food Relief Fund, many of our members made donations individually. However, as a group, we felt compelled to make an additional d

onation. This is our home that has taken care of us. Helping out in these unprecedented times is the least we can do.” Indeed, as community members ourselves, we are happy to support the community we love. 

WHEA is proud to support the Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Fund in our mutual effort to help our community though this challenging time.


The Wayne Highlands Education Association has announced that Bright Kids Yoga is the recipient of its March 2020 WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant.  A check for $1000 was awarded by WHEA to Bright Kids Yoga.  

A program of the Cooperage Project, Bright Kids Yoga provides school-aged children with tools for health and happiness through age appropriate, non-religious practices focused on simple movements, breathing, focusing, and community building. 

Since its inception, the program has reached over one thousand WHSD students across all grade levels in activities ranging from mat-based programs, chair-based classroom yoga, a middle school physical education yoga unit, morning clubs, and after school clubs and sports teams. Feedback has been highly positive for these programs as well, with a strong majority of students indicating that their experiences were beneficial and that they would like to continue practicing what they learned.

Bright Kids Yoga plans to continue expanding its programming throughout the elementary schools and to work with teachers and administrators as well in seeking to find practical ways to serve the largest possible population.

For all they do for the children of the Wayne Highlands School District, WHEA is pleased to support Bright Kids Yoga in its endeavors.


The Wayne Highlands Education Association (WHEA) has named Victims Intervention Program (VIP) as its June 2020 recipient of the WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant.  A check for $1000 was awarded by WHEA to VIP.

VIP provides confidential services to female, male, and child victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other serious crimes.  Homicide is an event for which no one can adequately prepare, but that results in a wide range of emotional pain and upheaval.  Family members and significant others become co-victims when their loved one is murdered.  Acquaintances and witnesses can be affected as well.  VIP can help even if a person is not directly affected by the crime.  VIP employs counselors who understand many types of trauma and can provide information, a full range of victim support services, and assist through the criminal justice process.  

“Domestic violence is a crime,” stated VIP’s Chelsea Rutledge.  “It is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical, emotional, or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, or financial abuse by an intimate partner.  It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community.  It shows no discrimination in age, economic status, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, or educational background.”  According to the FBI, statistics show that domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.  One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and 85% of domestic violence victims are women.  Sadly, statistics also show that one of every four girls and one of every six boys will be a victim of sexual violence before they reach the age of eighteen.  Two-thirds of sexual assault victims are under eighteen years of age, and more than 90% of child sexual assault victims know their attackers.

VIP’s mission, sadly, is needed even here in Wayne County.  Violence, abuse, and human trafficking are not problems that only affect big cities. These crimes are real, and they affect our neighbors.  Fortunately, not only does VIP work to help survivors in person, it also maintains a 24-hour hotline for help, at 570-253-4401.  

WHEA is proud to recognize the tremendously important work done by our local VIP.


The Wayne Highlands Education Association has announced that the Wayne Library in Lakewood is the May 2020 recipient of the WHEA Community Outreach Program Grant. A check for $1000 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 Lakewood, but all throughout the county, and urges our people to make full use of the services which are offered.



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