Twenty Bald Eagle Area Middle School students helped the Mountain Top Area Pool close for the season on a happy note.
Last Thursday, as part of the Centre County United Way’s Day of Caring, the eighth-graders cleaned out the Snow Shoe pool, put away ladders and equipment and generally tidied up the grounds while assisting maintenance chief Ray Wozniak.
It ended a rosy summer for the pool association, which had to close the pool in 2013 because of construction delays. It was able to reopen in time for this year.
Carol Nastase, of Snow Shoe-based Nastase Supply, ushered in the pool’s return this spring by selling perimeter fencing at cost and donating the installation labor.
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Then, adding to donations from the Snow Shoe borough and the Snow Shoe and Milesburg Lions Clubs, enough local families purchased memberships to keep the pool bustling.
Over the winter, the association will work to raise funds for more renovations and repairs with a Rada Cutlery sale. Orders for knives can be placed through Facebook — search for the Mountain Top Area Pool Association page — or by calling volunteer Jenn Nastase at 880-8382 or association President Tom Taylor at 571-2317.
It’s all so Snow Shoe can have another cool summer.
Though the pool’s now drained, volunteers already are looking forward to filling it again next year — and adding a splash of competition.
The hope is to start a local swim team and maybe invite the Bellefonte team left high and dry by Kepler Pool’s closure from equipment and financial problems.
Rail, trails are cleaner
Kid power during the Day of Caring also benefited the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails organization.
Working with volunteers Larry Mayes and Jack Miller and two teachers, several seventh-graders cleared brush, collected trash, painted, cleaned a posting board, installed commemorative bricks at a trail memorial and spread sand around the memorial site.
“Your work was much appreciated,” the organization said on its Facebook site.
District has plans for gift
The First National Bank lived up to its name by being the first to help the BEA school district.
Recently, the bank made the initial contribution to the Eagle Ambassadors’ 2014-15 educational improvement tax credit program. BEA Superintendent Jeff Miles accepted a $2,500 check from bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager William Joseph and Vice President and Market Manager Nicholas Lingenfelter.
Under the EITC program, Pennsylvania businesses invest in education by supporting innovative programs and practices. The state Department of Community and Economic Development administers the program.
In the BEA school district, the Eagle Ambassadors usually allocates the EITC funds to nine programs, including the Agriculture Science Program, the Botball Educational Robotics Program/Technical Team, the Eco-Pond and Environmental Learning Center, and Mathletes.