Mingo club gets tour of school

The November meeting of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction was held at the new Indian Creek Middle School with its principal, Toni Morelli Dondzilla, welcomed as the guest speaker and providing members with a tour.

President Sharon Cole-Isner presided at the meeting and welcomed those attending, while Roetta Lewis offered grace, and Janet Petrella led in opening exercises.

An educator of more than 36 years, Dondzilla began her career at Hills Schools as a long-term sub in Title One reading. At that time, Betty Ralston, an honorary lifetime member of the club, was a teacher there, it was noted.

Indian Creek Middle School is a $17 million building made possible on a 27-year bond issue and a half-mill improvement levy. The school is “a LEED silver rated green building,” Dondzilla explained. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. An example of its efficiency is that rainwater caught from the roof is used to flush toilets.

The school boasts a first-class kitchen in which a chef trained personnel on the use of its equipment; there is a cafetorium and gym; and two wings of academic rooms.

Each grade level has two teams of three teachers each and a related arts team for fifth- and sixth-graders and one for seventh- and eighth-graders.

The building has been in use for nearly a year and has 54 security cameras. There are 677 students enrolled.

A question and answer period followed the tour.

The meeting included the recognition of veterans, who were Cheri Carpico and Petrella.

Club members signed Christmas cards for the military.

Stephanie Rouse gave a report on the Halloween parade and party that were hailed a success with 44 members of the Catholic Central High School Band leading the parade. All of them were in costume.

They also entertained the children in the Mingo City Building recreation room. Two police cars and a fire truck also were in the parade. Hot dogs, cupcakes, drinks and treat bags were made available to approximately 80 children.

Donations were received from Wheeler Funeral Home, St. Agnes Catholic Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Wilson Funeral Home, Mingo Lions Club, Mayor John “Wiz” Fabian and club members. The hot dogs and buns were donated by Pesta’s Market.

The Christmas party will be held on Dec. 12 at Manfred’s. Reservations are to be called in to Cole-Isner.

A report was given on Boatsie’s Boxes.

Kathy Maguschak distributed flyers for See’s candy. Rouse gave a report on the Flower Power fundraiser, and Cole-Isner gave an update on the spring mystery dinner theater to be held April 5 at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall.

Rouse won the door prize.

Members wore pajamas to the meeting and brought donations of new pajamas for women and children to be given to the A.L.I.V.E. Shelter.

The Community Service Project, Education Department, served as hostesses and included Carpico, chairman, assisted by Petrella. Barbara Jackson and Tommy Lou Sogan also are members of the committee.