Donor gives $23K for art program

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education recently accepted two community donations totaling more than $23,000 that are going toward classroom arts presentations and a special barbecue for older elementary students.

Warren Street Elementary School Principal Scott Ziomek outlined the donations after board approval of them Wednesday at Knox Junior High School. The donations were approved on the recommendation of Superintendent Robert DeLilli.

The board accepted a $23,263 donation from an anonymous donor to support the district’s Arts in Education Program presentations.

Ziomek said the person making the donation didn’t want to be identified, but wants the district to maintain its arts program.

“We’re very happy with that,” the principal said.

Ziomek said the funding went for a program already being conducted which involves bringing artists, musicians and storytellers into the classrooms. He said the donor attended one of the programs at his school.

“The feedback I got back was spectacular,” he told the board.

The board also accepted a $150 donation from Walmart for a “Big 3 Barbecue” event for students in grades four through six to be conducted after an upcoming track meet.

Ziomek said Walmart also plans to bring in supplies and equipment, such as grills and garbage cans, to support the event.

He said the event is a positive step toward the grade-level grouping plan, which eventually will involve fourth- through sixth-grade students at his school.

The district is launching an elementary school grade-level grouping plan starting with the 2014-15 school year.

The makeup of the city’s three elementary schools will be this way: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School; grades two and three at Glebe Street Elementary School; and grades four, five and six at Warren Street Elementary School.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at