FORESTVILLE - Forestville students participated with the Silver Creek Boys' Modified Football team this year. The result was an undefeated season.
At the Forestville School Board meeting, board President Sylvester Cleary expressed his happiness with result.
"This is a first for us," he said of shared services with Silver Creek's football team. "We're really proud of these young men."
OBSERVER Photo by Shirley Pulawski
Forestville students participated in shared services with the Silver Creek Boys’ Modified Football program in an undefeated season and were congratulated at a recent meeting. Left to right: School Board President Sylvester Cleary, team members Eric Anders, Trent Hartloff, Brett Bushman, Matthew Newman, Kyle Goodrich, Austin Pierce. Missing are Hector Figueroa, Joseph Parisio Jr., and Jerrod Locke.
Cleary noted in addition to playing an undefeated season, the boys were expected to maintain good grades, keep a "can-do" attitude and good work ethic, and to share some of what they learned in Silver Creek with other Forestville students.
"We charge you with being Forestville's Student Ambassadors," he said. "This is a great opportunity for all of you to make your parents, teachers, staff, the entire Forestville District, and most importantly, yourselves, proud."
Parents were also thanked by Superintendent Charles Leichner for their dedication to transporting the boys and the extra time spent helping the boys play and practice out of town.
Cake was served in celebration, and Cleary shook each of the boys hands. "I'm going to show you how to give a good handshake. You look the other person in the eye, smile just a little, and give a good, firm shake," he said, before shaking each of their hands.
Sean Helmer, who is the Silver Creek athletic director and varsity football coach said, "The adults worried more about (playing at a different school) than the boys did. Once they started playing, they immediately became a real team. It didn't matter what it said on the jersey."
Cleary said more shared services are being discussed with Silver Creek. At the meeting a resolution passed to share Boys' and Girls' track.
"Because of limited funding in education, shared services will become increasingly more important as a creative means to provide educational opportunities that otherwise would not exist at Forestville," he stated.