Going Beyond School Walls
Going Beyond School Walls with Big Brothers Big Sisters

This week, I enjoyed my visit to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Region’s Beyond School Walls (BSW) program between Comcast and Potter-Thomas Elementary School in Philadelphia.

The BSW program is an effort to provide disadvantaged and at-risk students with an adult mentor. Also, the program brings together students and Big Brothers Big Sisters who are volunteers of a partner company.

The Comcast/Potter-Thomas program has existed for two years, and is funded by the Education Improvement Tax (EITC) program.

The BSW program is an excellent policy that can emanate when public, private and nonprofit partners come together to do something special.


I believe that students should always be the focus of the education system and the state’s education policies. Improving access to quality education and reforming the system are essential to supporting our students.
Input Needed for Money-Saving Solutions


How can we save taxpayers money? A new program, State Employees Achieving Savings (SEAS), asks state employees about their strategies to better streamline services and be more efficient. Retired state employees are also being encouraged to participate.

State employees – from any department anywhere in the state – can click here to submit their ideas. The submissions will then be reviewed and possibly implemented.

No idea is too small for consideration.
Secure Your ID Day

Did you know that protecting your identity is largely in your own hands? So here’s the first rule: If you don’t need it, shred it – responsibly. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Northland Public Library is here to help by offering Secure Your ID Day: Free Paper Shredding.

The event will take place Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church front parking lot.

Gather up unwanted documents, and take advantage of this free shredding service. Drive up and drop off up to three bags or boxes of paper-based materials and it will be shredded on the spot. If you have more than three bags or boxes? There is no need to worry; you can go through the line as many times as you need.

For more information, visit bbb.org, or call the BBB at 877-267-5222. St. John’s Lutheran Church front parking lot is located at 311 Cumberland Road in Pittsburgh.
Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend

Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., and residents are reminded to turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, which should also be replaced every 10 years. Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 5.