Details about response to accident involving district school bus

This morning, a bus transporting students from William Penn Senior High School to the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy was involved in an accident. Six students were transported to the hospital for assessment of possible injuries. As of 3 p.m., each of the students had been treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the school bus was also transported to the hospital. All other students on the bus were evaluated by school nurses.

The school district contacted parents of the affected students and will report more information to the public when it is available. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we continue to investigate.

Friday, Jan. 4: Girls JV basketball game at Boiling Springs canceled

Due to a flu outbreak at Boiling Springs High School, the girls' JV basketball game has been canceled. However, the varsity teams will still play. Game time is 7 p.m. at Boiling Springs. Get well soon, Boiling Springs! And good luck, Bearcats!

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After school, William Penn Culinary Club gets cooking

Posted on November 5th, 2018

Dynasty Emory knows she loves to cook. The William Penn Senior High School junior also knows her culinary skills are limited.

That’s why she and about a dozen other students are staying after school once a week to learn everything they can from Michael Breeland and other volunteers.

On a recent Tuesday, Alan Thoman delivered a lesson on knife safety: Don’t try to catch a falling knife. Always walk with the blade down. Placing a knife in a sink of soapy water is a bad idea.

Thoman, the district’s assistant food service director, ended with a demonstration of culinary uses for different knives. In the background, Breeland kept an eye on a pot of not-yet-boiling water. That day, the students would be making chicken alfredo.

Breeland is a lifelong cook who said the kitchen keeps him connected to his roots. He is also a member of the district’s Board of School Directors.

“I have always cooked for family members and friends and use food as a means of showing love and appreciation,” Breeland said.

Through the Culinary Club, Breeland said he wants students to learn life skills that will help them support their own families. Culinary skills make life less stressful and broaden options, he said.

A dedicated group of students show up each week.

“The students consistently show up as they find a place where they fit in and are connected to a caring community,” Breeland said.

Tatyana Thompson, a junior, said she also loves to cook but was never really taught at home.

“Here, I can learn more things to cook and experience,” she said.

Emory said she knows she could be doing something else after school. But this is a way to try new foods, and she’s learning how she can save money by cooking more at home.

“It’s better for our future,” Emory said.

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