GOWANDA - The Gowanda School District will have another club for the upcoming school year. The Growing Voices club will be implemented in the high school and will promote diversity.
Guidance Counselor Jennifer Mattimore approached the board of education with two students regarding the implementation of the Growing Voices club. Christi Steves came to Mattimore previously and asked if she could start the club.
"I wanted to start a club for students when they weren't feeling accepted," she said.
OBSERVER Photo by Samantha McDonnell
The Gowanda Board of Education hosted a meet and greet for new staff at a recent board meeting. Pictured from left are Erica Case, fifth-grade teacher; Shawna Gugino, director of special education, curriculum and assessment; Karie Bugenhager, middle school band teacher; Emma Walsh, chemistry and physics teacher; and Brandi Weidright, high school math teacher.
The club will promote tolerance of diversity within the district and among students. The group is planning on wearing orange for Unity Day and will plan other awareness events throughout the year. The group will be something separate from the guidance office, however. Mattimore said if students need counseling or help, they will be referred to the guidance department. High School Principal Dr. Robert Anderson said the program is beneficial to students and will fit in with the positive behavior interventions and supports and Panther Pride Program. Panther Pride teachers student to be prepared, respectful, involved, determined and have excellence.
"It really fits a need in our school trying to build on PBIS and Panther Pride program," said Anderson. "I'm 100 percent behind them."
The board approved the club with Mattimore as the adviser. The board also held a meet and greet for new faculty members. The board also approved eliminating the two-year algebra A1 and A2 sequence.
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