Greencastle-Antrim life skills, autistic support students serve treats to school board

Shawn Hardy
Echo Pilot

The five new members of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board got a sweet welcome to the board and the other four members also enjoyed hot chocolate thanking them for their service Dec. 2.

Greencastle-Antrim School Board member Christopher Bonillas got a cup of hot chocolate from middle school student Hayden Sanders at the Dec. 2 meeting.

The board got to see education in action as students from Greencastle-Antrim Middle School life skills and autistic support classes served hot chocolate and marshmallows from their coffee cart at the reorganization meeting in the Antrim Township building.

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At the middle school, the students take orders from teachers and administrators, shop for what they need and prepare treats and beverages, which are delivered once a week via the coffee cart. They also shop for materials and man the middle school bookstore.

Greencastle-Antrim Middle School student Matthew Snyder served hot chocolate to school board member Janon Gray at the Dec. 2 meeting.

"They do a great job," Mike McManus, 6-12 principal, said.

The five new board members — Hal Myers, Janon Gray, Eileen Dickinson, Rich Davis and Christopher Bonillas — were sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham.

After swearing them in on Dec. 2, Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham congratulated the new members of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board. Standing, from left, Hal Myers, Janon Gray, Eileen Dickinson, Rich Davis and Christopher Bonillas. Also pictured, from left, student school board member Shavari Maharaj; board members Shannon Yates, Dr. Carter Davidson and Tracy Baer; Dr. Lura Hanks, superintendent; and school board member Shannon Blanchard.

Tracy Baer was elected president of the board for a one-year term, with Dr. Carter Davidson as vice president.

The reorganization also included the following committee assignments:

Franklin County Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee — Shannon Yates and Rich Davis; alternate Tracy Baer

Greencastle-Antrim Middle School student Riley Carbaugh handed a cup of hot chocolate to Dwight Bard, director of technology, at the Dec. 2 school board meeting.

Franklin County Career and Technology Center Technical Authority — Tracy Baer; alternate Eileen Dickinson

Franklin Learning Center Joint Committee — Tracy Baer; alternate Eileen Dickinson

Franklin County Council of Governments — Eileen Dickinson; alternate Shannon Blanchard

Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce — Dr. Lura Hanks, superintendent; alternate Shannon Blanchard

Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation — Dr. Carter Davidson

Greencastle-Antrim Middle School student Josie Thomas gave school board member Dr. Carter Davidson hot chocolate and marshmallows at the Dec. 2 meeting.

Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 Board of Directors — Janon Gray

Tayamentasachta Advisory Board — Christopher Bonillas; alternate Dr. Carter Davidson

Facilities Development Committee — Dr. Carter Davidson, Hal Myers, Shannon Yates

Negotiations Committee —Shannon Blanchard, Tracy Baer, Christopher Bonillas

Personnel Committee — Shannon Blanchard, Rich Davis, Eileen Dickinson

Finance Committee — Janon Gray, Tracy Baer, Shannon Blanchard

Greencastle-Antrim School Board member Hal Myers accepted a cup of hot chocolate from middle school student Selena Parkinson at the Dec. 2 meeting.

Transportation Committee — Hal Myers, Rich Davis, Christopher Bonillas

Franklin County Area Tax Board/Tax Collection Committee — Caroline Royer, business manager; alternate Eric Holtzman

Early Learning Committee — Hal Myers, Eileen Dickinson, Janon Gray

Shawn Hardy is a reporter with Gannett's Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania — the Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro and the Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has more than 35 years of journalism experience. Reach her at