York City schools announce more events for Bearcat Celebration Month

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Following a successful Battle of the Buildings event ahead of PSSA and Keystone testing, the York City School District has announced more events and resource opportunities throughout April as part of Bearcat Celebration Month.

Resource fair: The district will be holding a community resource fair Thursday, April 26, at William Penn Senior High School.

Delma Revera-Lytle, left, of Springfield Township, assists Jordana Sixtos, 7, of York City, as she chooses a gift during York County Hispanic Coalition's Three Kings Day, or Dia de Los Reyes Magos, event at William Penn Senior High School in York City, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

It will be a similar event to the Resource Fair held in December for homeless families from Puerto Rico, according to a district spokeswoman.

“The event was a huge success,” district spokeswoman Kate Harmon said in an emailed statement. “Due to its success and the high need of many of our families, we’re doing it again.”

The resource fair will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. with about 40 organizations expected to attend.

A free dinner will be served, and pre-K teachers will be on hand with games and crafts for young children.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bearcat Ball: The district will hold its first ever Bearcat Ball — dubbed a “Bearcat community homecoming” — to take place Saturday, April 28, at William Penn Senior High School.

Flier for the first-ever Bearcat Ball at William Penn Senior High School on April 28.

The district-centric gathering will include family-friendly music and live performances, as well as building tours and activities for children.

Single tickets for the Bearcat Ball are $10, and entrance to a family of four will cost $30. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2018.

The event is part of Bearcat Celebration Month, a monthlong event by the school district to celebrate academic progress made in recent years as the district approaches a sixth year in moderate financial recovery status.

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In the most recent value-added assessment scores from the state Department of Education, all but one of the district’s seven primary schools met the state's standard for academic growth in English language arts and mathematics in the 2017 assessments.

At the Battle of the Buildings event on April 4, Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, praised the district’s administration, staff and students for the academic progress, as did former board member Juanita Kirkland, who said the district has already proven its academic might ahead of a new round of standardized testing.