Homer BOE discusses field trips and fundraisers

(Photo Source: Homer Central School District's Facebook Page).

The Homer Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Sept. 27 and Oct. 11 to discuss fundraisers and field trips.

The next BOE meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the HTEC building. Meetings are also live streamed on the district’s YouTube channel and are available for viewing after the live broadcast.

Strategic Plan Update Postponed

The BOE meeting on Sept. 27 was largely an executive session which lasted nearly 90 minutes. At the conclusion of the session and in the interest of time, the BOE voted to postpone the presentation on the Strategic Plan Focus Areas to a later date. 

Fall Fundraisers

Other updates covered in the remainder of the meeting included fundraising information for the Intermediate and Junior High Schools. The Intermediate School held a Gertrude Hawk Chocolates sale, and the Junior High gained approval to hold a Fall Festival on Oct. 22.

The festival is being organized by the Student Council Association (SCA), Science Club, and International Club, and will be open to the community from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The $2-3 cover charge for school age children will cover activities and crafts, with additional activities and food available for purchase. Funds raised will benefit the clubs and activities at the Jr High. Students will contribute by running carnival games and art activities, and baking some of the treats that will be sold.

Additional fundraising efforts were announced during the Oct. 11 meeting, including the Junior High food drive – which started that day and will last through Oct. 31. The drive will benefit the Homer Food Pantry. The High School is holding four additional fundraisers starting this month, including a bottle and can drive, Tailgate Party, and the sale of pretzels, chocolate bars, and fruit snacks. The elementary school will hold its annual Walk-A-Thon in the Spring on May 19 of next year. 

Field Trips Approved

The board also approved trips for the Junior High Science Club and the HS Youth and Government Leadership program.  

The science club will have overnight trips to Raquette Lake in January and Buffalo in May. The winter trip will include hiking and snowshoeing while staying in heated Adirondack cabins, and the spring trip will visit Niagara falls, a museum, and an aquarium. The trips will utilize the district’s transportation, and the club is planning several fundraisers to offset the costs to students. 

Youth and Government Leadership Meetings take place several times throughout the year and are held across the state. This year students will travel from Rockland County to Rochester to prepare for the annual State Conference, which takes place in Albany in the spring.