Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Local business steps up to help

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Whitehall Pharmacy making sanitizer for first responders

The coronavirus has presented communities across the United States with a host of problems, including shortages of items like hand sanitizer. Stores are sold out, hospitals have resorted to rationing medical supplies, and hand sanitizer has become a precious commodity.

While some companies are using the crisis to make a profit, one Whitehall pharmacist, Rikin Patel, Pharm.D., decided to use his resources to help others. Patel and his staff are compounding hand sanitizer to give to police officers, firefighters, first responders and medical staff — free of charge.

Military father gives homecoming surprise

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Teen thinks he’s attending his own party; dad dons Chick-fil-A costume for reunion

When Brandon Larkin, a student at Catasauqua Middle School, visited Chick-fil-A on MacArthur Road in Whitehall March 12, he thought he was there for his 13th birthday party.

As part of the festivities, Brandon had his picture taken with Doodles, the restaurant’s cow mascot. He had no idea his father, Peter Larkin, was actually the person wearing the mascot costume.

Peter had just returned from Kuwait to give his son a true birthday surprise.

School board approves retirements, resignations, staffings

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

During Whitehall-Coplay School Board’s March 9 meeting, members approved the retirements of Richard Gierula, health and physical education teacher at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School; Elizabeth Hawk, second-grade teacher at Steckel Elementary School; Jean Marsteller, Spanish teacher at Whitehall High School; Lisa Rex, secretary at Steckel Elementary; Laurie Farver, inclusion teacher at Zephyr Elementary School; and Deborah Vilbas, secretary at WHS.

School board hears about STEM, literature projects

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting March 9, Gockley Elementary School Principal Denise Saylor gave a presentation that included two short videos showing first-grade classes participating in activities promoting both STEM and literature skills. The project was pioneered by Abby Koch, first-grade teacher at Gockley Elementary, as part of her graduate work.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Whitehall-Coplay School Board approves field trip requests

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

At the Feb. 11 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, members approved field trip requests.

Samantha Neas was approved to have the Science Olympiad team travel to and compete in the Science Olympiad competition at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre, March 11, at the cost of one bus, with one school day missed, and to travel to and compete in the Science Olympiad competition at Juniata College, Huntington, April 24-25, at the cost of three school vans, with one school day missed.

Gockley celebrates diversity, acceptance

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

Inclusive Schools Week program held in December

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Feb. 10, Demi Ogozalek, a learning support teacher at Gockley Elementary School, discussed her experience with Inclusive Schools Week during a presentation to the board.

Ogozalek discovered Inclusive Schools Week, an annual event held the first week of December each year, while taking a graduate course. Sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network, a web-based educational resource, and Stetson & Associates Inc., the week celebrates and supports diversity in schools.

Coplay library director finds her true calling

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Career change results in rewarding work

Veronica Laroche, the new director of Coplay Public Library, didn’t always know she wanted to be a librarian.

Laroche first received a degree in music recording from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, in 2005, then received her teaching certification from Moravian College, Bethlehem. She began her education career at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton, where she taught music for two years, eventually teaching library skills as well.

After deciding careers in music and teaching were not her passions, she decided being a librarian was her true calling.

School board honored for commitment to students

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Jan. 13, Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett applauded the board’s dedication in observance of School Director Recognition Month.

“I’d like to take a moment to thank our school board members who give so unselfishly of their time in an effort to give our students every opportunity possible to succeed. Our board members are committed to providing every student the opportunity to grow and achieve,” she said.