Bald Eagle Area teachers spend their days nourishing minds.
Now, as it turns out, some also are adept at filling stomachs.
Recently, members of the Bald Eagle Area Education Association collected more than 579 pounds of food for local families.
Donations will go to the Milesburg Food Bank, the Howard Area Food Bank, the Snow Shoe Food Pantry and food pantries at the United Methodist churches in Snow Shoe and Port Matilda.
“Our work as educators goes beyond the classroom,” said BEAEA member Mary McManus in a news release.
According to the BEAEA, educators know that students who come to school hungry often are stressed and unable to learn properly.
“We have students who are working to help support their families, and trying also to get an education,” BEAEA President Annette Threeton said in the release. “Perhaps our donations will help ease those burdens.”
Giving back to the park
Bald Eagle State Park each year draws thousands of visitors for good, clean fun.
This week, it’s inviting people to have fun with a good cleaning.
Volunteers are needed to spend a morning helping spruce up the park. From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, families, groups and individuals can pitch in with litter pickup and trash removal.
As part of commemorating Earth Day, which officially was Tuesday, park officials will supply gloves and gear for the volunteer work day. Participants should meet at the Environmental Learning Center at 149 Main Park Road.
Registration is required. Call 625-9369 by the end of Wednesday to sign up.
If your spirit takes flight by cleaning up nature, stick around to check out some serious wings.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the park will hold an eagle watch on the Nature Inn patio. Throughout the session, the park naturalist will discuss eagle ecology, habitat and history.
But you won’t need eagle eyes to spot the great birds. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided.
Park and eat ATV-style
Here’s the deal offered by the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails organization: Noodle first on ATVs, then chow down on pasta.
SSRTT is holding an all-you-can-eat fundraiser spaghetti meal Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moshannon Community Center along state Route 144 in Snow Shoe Township.
In conjunction with the event, Central Mountains ATV Association is staging its first Dice Run. Riders are invited to work up a healthy appetite on the back trails before rolling over to the center for an $8 meal that includes rolls, salad, desserts and beverages.
Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email email@example.com or call 231-4620.