By Mary Fox
Families and students of Ellicottville Central School crowded the halls at the Sept. 20 Open House, with students escorting mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents to their classrooms in the elementary, middle high schools. Teachers and parents had the opportunity to meet and discuss how their child is adjusting to school and to answer questions the parents might have about what their child is learning at school.
Teachers were lined up and down the halls greeting parents and students. This early Open House is an opportunity to help get the year off to as smooth a start as possible.
Kim Woodarek, who teaches third grade at the end of the hall in the elementary wing, summed it all up for teachers and students when she said, “We have a great thing here.”
As evidenced by posters along the halls and the programs planned through the year, the school is committed to not only teaching the three “R’s” but to instill in the students values that make for success now and later in life, such as responsibility, confidence, cooperation, hard work and friendship. Slogans such as “Good Sports Finish First,” “A Little Respect Goes A Long Way,” and “If You Believe It You Can Achieve It” reinforce good behavior, study habits, self-esteem, and dignity in the students.
Prior to and during the Open House, the Sports Boosters parents and students sold hot dogs and hamburgers in front of the school. At the same time, Emerling Chevrolet in Springville, held a fundraiser for the Sports Boosters Club that was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.
The Drive One 4UR School event was headed up by Ed McClure, sales manager for Emerling. The Sports Boosters Club received a $20 donation for each test drive of a Chevrolet product available on the grounds.
“Karl Emerling is all about giving back to communities. Helping schools out is only one of many projects he takes on,” said McClure. “Our goal tonight is to raise $6,000. It looks like we’re doing that. I’m from Ellicottville originally. It’s fun to give something back to my old school.”