Cumberland County Public Schools was recently featured on eCycle Best, which is a site that likes to recognize schools and organizations that are active in promoting recycling and establishing going green initiatives. CUCPS was selected because of its going green curriculum; its past activities such as participating in World Water Day, Green Apple Day of Service, and Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl; and its on-going projects, such as composting and weekly recycling collections. Readers can view the blog at http://www.ecyclebest.com/blog/recycling-revolution/cucps-piloting-the-way-to-a-greener-tomorrow.
On Monday, September 22, 2014, three members of the U.S. Marshals’ Service (USMS), Washington D.C. office, paid a visit to Cumberland High School’s Junior ROTC program to give a presentation on “First Aid in the Real World.” Marshals Pete and Ryan, both members of the Marshals’ Special Response Team and Special Operations Group, and Marshal Steve, a USMS medic, brought some of the first aid equipment they use on a regular basis. The cadets had been studying First Aid in class, and the marshals brought that to life by having cadets perform such activities as applying commercially-made tourniquets and pressure bandages, packing puncture wounds, and applying seals to chest wounds. They also discussed with the students what common household item or items on their persons they could use in an emergency situation, so they would be able to potentially save a life wherever they might be at the time. Their focus was giving the cadets (and students in the 2nd year nursing program), the knowledge they could use in real-life situations. The marshals related to the students and cadets some of their own experiences using this knowledge, including their involvement in searching for, and aiding the victims of, the Washington Navy Yard shooter last September. They stressed the importance of acting, and acting quickly, in the event of a trauma. According to Major Peter Amico, the JROTC instructor at CHS, all the participants enjoyed the experience, and hopefully will be more able and willing to help others in an emergency situation.
Students in Cumberland County Public Schools participated in the annual Walk for Education, which is sponsored by the Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. The event was held on Friday, September 26, 2014. The Walk is held annually to increase awareness of educational opportunities and to collect money to be used to promote education. Elementary, Middle, and High School students, teachers, and administrators—as well as family members and friends, all walked to help raise money for grants and scholarships.
Preliminary counts from schools showed that Cumberland Elementary School students raised a total of $1,715.65, Cumberland Middle School Students raised $844.40, and Cumberland High School students raised $663.57. This gave a grand total of $3,223.62 raised by students of CUCPS.
Cumberland County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 13,, 2014. This is a scheduled day for professional development for staff members. Students will return to school on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.