EDITORIAL: Shooting in the city — with a twist
- York unites after JCC is threatened.
- York Catholic donation helps school move forward.
Thumbs Up: The words “shooting” and “York City” unfortunately co-mingle in sentences pretty often. And it means someone is dead, hurt, or high.
But in this case, the pairing of those words have a different result.
The first Shooting 4 Peace event took place last weekend at Voni Grimes gym.
Shooting 4 Peace is an anti-violence organization aimed at bringing communities together to benefit youth. Jeff Packard, chair for Shooting 4 Peace York, said it's to help York City.
The goal is to connect city government, law enforcement and youth programs in the city.
"We don't want to see any more people die from heroin or bullets," he said.
About a dozen players, including two York City cops, joined in the basketball game called Knockout. Not a bad turnout for a first-time event.
The next event is planned for April 21 at William Penn Senior High School.
We hope the turnout is big. This could be something great for York City.
Thumbs Up: The York Jewish Community Center is truly a pillar in our community. Its slogan, “Everyone is Welcome,” is evidenced by the diverseness of its members.
So when it, like other JCCs across the country, was targeted with a bomb threat, it was refreshing to see the community show support. A great example of this was the community healing and solidarity event which members of York Interfaith sponsored.
The turnout at neighboring Luther Memorial Church, where the event was held, was higher than expected and featured a myriad of faiths.
Members of different religious communities spoke.
Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan, from Temple Beth Israel in York, said the threats have had a deep impact on Jewish community, but he says he took comfort in the compassion others have shown.
"The act of intimidation to any one of our neighbors is unacceptable to us all," he said.
The event’s success made the point clear — everyone is welcome to stand up against religious attacks.
Thumbs Up: To the anonymous donor whose $25,000 will allow York Catholic High School to upgrade its technology.
The money will be used to buy about 100 Chromebooks, which are key to implementing its initiative for a one-on-one program.
Most high schools in York County already have the popular one-on-one programs. The Chromebook will allow students and their teachers to communicate issues regarding homework and lesson plans. Students can use the Chromebooks to take tests and complete assignments.
"We're looking at the way of the future and the opportunities one-to-one allows in terms of ease of access at home and at school," Principal Katie Seufert said. "We’re excited to move in this direction."
This donation is especially useful as York Catholic is an independent school.
All students in York County should have access to technology. A donation like this a reality for many more students.