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February 22, 2013

Ministry asks to use DHS’ facilities

DANVILLE — The Danville District 118 School Board on Wednesday will consider a request from a group to use Danville High School’s facilities for a week during the summer of 2014.

Superintendent Mark Denman said Danville’s First Presbyterian Church has been in contact with Group Cares, a Colorado-based ministry founded in 1977 that does charitable work around the globe.

One of Group Cares’ ministries is a home repair mission camp — or “workcamp” — in which high school-age youths from across the country come to a community for a week and assist with repairing homes for senior citizens, low-income and disabled homeowners.

Denman said about 400 teens and their chaperones plan to come to Danville in the summer of 2014 to donate one week of free labor to repair homes. He said the group usually repairs 50-65 homes during the blitz.

“They are highly chaperoned, and many are involved with church youth groups,” he said.

Group Cares has asked if it can use DHS during their stay.

“They would sleep on the floor at the high school in their own sleeping bags in the hallways, shower in the locker rooms and eat breakfast and dinner in the cafeteria,” Denman said.

“They would pay the cost for any food or custodian services they would use.”

Also on Wednesday, the school board will:

  • Recognize Rachel Brown, math teacher in Danville High School’s GLOBAL House, for receiving her national recertification; South View Middle School seventh-grader Amy Mitchell for being one of the winners of the local Bradford Chapter’s Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest; and South View eighth-grader Christopher Adkins for receiving a certificate of excellence and a president’s volunteer service award in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
  • Consider approving an evaluation instrument for non-certified custodians and food service staff. The proposed evaluation instrument includes the definitions of the four ratings: excellent, proficient, needs improvement and unsatisfactory.
  • Consider awarding a contract to First Student to provide transportation to District 118’s students for the next three years.

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