Schuylkill Technology Center students install small library boxes

A student in the Schuylkill Technology Center’s Academic Achievement Enhancement (ACE) program has installed small library boxes in Gordon, Girardville and Lavelle.

The library boxes were built by students enrolled in STC’s North Campus Carpentry Program at the request of Karen Noon and Kathy Glessner of the Ashland Free Public Library to expand access to books for residents of these outlying communities. .

“Community residents can borrow and return books from the boxes, which will be replenished by volunteers from the Ashland Free Public Library,” said Gary Glessner, vice chairman of the board. The photo below shows the box set up outside Lloyd “Ned” Hampton’s office in Gordon. A second box will be placed in front of the Borough Hall of Girardville and a third box will be placed at the entrance to Parc Lavelle.

Pictured: L-R-(Kneeling) Brandon Nunemacher, Tamaqua and Kevin Jovel, Pine Grove. (Standing in the front row) Marcia Jacavage, ACE Program Assistant; Lori Vale, secretary to Ned Hampton; Gary Glessner, Vice President of Ashland’s Free Public Library; Zackary Wehry, Lavelle; McKayla Cassel, Pottsville; and Kylie Dorneman, City of Mahanoy. (Standing back row) Steve Homola, ACE Program Coordinator for STC; Ned Hampton, lawyer; Jacob Wallace, Girardville; Justin Matukewicz, Pottsville; and Anthony DeBellis, Tamaqua.

STC is an accredited vocational and technical school comprised of 12 Schuylkill County public school districts: Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Pine Grove, Pottsville, Saint Clair, Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley, Tamaqua, Tri-Valley and Williams Valley. STC serves students in grades 9-12, operates on two academic cycles (August – January and January – June), and has two campuses located in Mar Lin, PA (South Campus) and Frackville, PA (North Campus). STC offers 21 study programs that combine classroom theory, practical application, and access to state-of-the-art equipment. Programs are designed to promote lifelong learning that prepares students for successful entry into the workforce or higher education at the post-secondary level.
For more information on the programs and services available at STC, please visit, or contact Stacey Minahan, Deputy Director, at [email protected] or Chris Groody, Deputy Director, at [email protected]

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