Program Highlights

Altoona Area School District ELECT Programstudents completing journal card

This school year students came into their group sessions at the Altoona ELECT program and spent the first several minutes completing a journal card to their child. The card represented a snapshot into the life of that child, regardless of the age. The students were a little skeptical at first and said they weren’t sure what to write. The case managers gave some ideas. Once they got started, they couldn’t be stopped. Some days, students would write two or three cards. By the end of the school year, the students were ready to take all of the journal entries and create a memory album for their child. They were each given a small scrapbook album and they used background pages and stickers to personalize them. The final product was a heartwarming memory album that will last a lifetime and their children will treasure. 

 

 

 

Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit ELECT Program

Volunteering, service project, and giving back are all topics we hear and talk about, especially during the holiday season, so The Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit ELECT program , facilitated by The Guidance Center, decided to make it real for their students. Program staff invited a Project Linus member to their ELECT group event that was held during the winter break from school.

Teen Moms

Tania Getch, a “blanketeer” presented participants with information about Project Linus and its’ mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gift of new, handmade blankets. Students were then provided with information about how they could get involved locally. After the presentation, students were provided with material to make a blanket. The teens worked in groups to make blankets for their own children. As they were making the blankets, Mrs. Getch went around the room and assisted them and talked about Project Linus. Several students commented on how easy the blankets were to make and stated they would like to participate in making them in the future to donate to Project Linus. The feedback from the group was very positive and ELECT program staff are now planning additional groups within the geographic service area where the participants can make blankets to donate.