Pizza vouchers

The Indiana Area Education Association, which represents the teachers of the Indiana School District, recently came together to connect with district students and families during the extended school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The teachers donated nearly $19,000 to buy pizza for every family with students enrolled in the district. The district has roughly 2,900 students represented by just under 2,000 families.

The teachers’ union contacted local pizza shops and purchased vouchers for large one-topping pizzas and mailed them out to families at the end of last week. Families with three or more students currently enrolled in the district received two vouchers. The message enclosed was, “Your teachers miss you!” and “Dinner is on us!”

Scores of parents and community members sent messages of gratitude through social media.

“It is much appreciated. Like a hug in an envelope,” Danielle Madill commented on Facebook. “What a great way to support local businesses. Thank you!”

“Thank you so very much. It’s nice to know we have such caring teachers, for all you do!” Emily Johns posted. “We are very appreciative to not have to cook ... lol ty for the extra meal!”

IAEA leaders stated that, “We were looking for a way to reconnect with students and their families outside of the daily lessons and virtual learning communications that are taking place during the pandemic.” The added bonus is that $19,000 in revenue was infused into seven locally owned businesses around town. “Teachers Buy Dinner for the District” was the catchphrase that developed as teachers generously made individual donations to the cause. IAEA President Paul McCue said, “We hope that this small token finds all of our students and their families safe and healthy and reminds them that their teachers are thinking about them.”

CONCERTS CANCELED

The coronavirus has struck down a summertime tradition in Indiana.

The 2020 Summer Concerts in the Parks series at Memorial Park has been canceled due to the outbreak, organizer Judy Holliday reported.

“Please understand this was a very difficult decision to make, and I have hesitated, this entire month (April), in postponing or canceling,” Holliday said in a message to the Gazette.

The series typically has put established and aspiring local talent on the Memorial Park stage for free shows on Sundays from May to September.

EXTENSION EXTENDED

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits will be extended through June 30 for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Additionally, all driver license centers and photo license centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center are closed until further notice.

Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the driver and vehicle services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.