Avon Grove of­fers new ben­e­fit for se­niors

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Bar­ber cbar­ber@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

The Avon Grove School District has started a gold card pro­gram for se­nior cit­i­zens to come to school events.

PENN >> The Avon Grove School District has started a pro­gram aimed at mak­ing it free for se­nior cit­i­zens to come to school events. It is called the Gold Card Club.

Direc­tor of Ed­u­ca­tional Sup­port Sys­tems Tom Alexan­der said the Gold Card Club is one way that Avon Grove School District rec­og­nizes and hon­ors se­nior ci­ti­zen mem­bers of the school com­mu­nity. It pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for se­nior cit­i­zens to take ad­van­tage of the pro­grams and events pro­vided by the school district. All res­i­dents of the Avon Grove School District who are at least 62 years or over would be el­i­gi­ble for mem­ber­ship in the Avon Grove Gold Card pro­gram.

“We talked about it be­fore we dis­cussed bud­get cuts when we had a com­mu­ni­ca­tions au­dit about se­nior cit­i­zens,” he said.

Alexan­der said they had se­nior cit­i­zens reach­ing out to them, and when dis­cussed with Su­per­in­ten­dent Christo­pher March­ese he told Alexan­der that his old district had some­thing they called the gold card.

“With it, we hope to con­nect with our se­nior group. We want them to see how great we are,” Alexan­der added. This is how it works: It gives free ad­mis­sion to all Avon Grove School District events such as plays, mu­si­cals and con­certs in all district schools with the ex­cep­tion of fundrais­ing events and events spon­sored by school-con­nected or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Home and School As­so­ci­a­tions, Band Boost­ers, etc., where ad­mis­sion is charged. Th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions may make their own pro­vi­sions for ac­cept­ing Avon Grove Gold Cards.

It gives free ad­mis­sion to reg­u­lar sea­son Avon Grove School District ath­letic events; how­ever, events spon­sored by the Penn­syl­va­nia In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion are not in­cluded in the Avon Grove Gold Card pro­gram.

The Avon Grove Gold Card be­comes ef­fec­tive on the date of is­sue and pro­vides life­time mem­ber­ship. The card is only valid when the mem­ber is present and is not trans­fer­able.

Ac­cord­ing to the district’s com­mu­nity web­site, gold cards can be ob­tained by do­ing one of the fol­low­ing:

Down­load, com­plete and print a Gold Card Ap­pli­ca­tion (PDF). Or pick up an ap­pli­ca­tion at the school district’s ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice lo­cated at 375 S. Jen­nersville Road in West Grove.

Com­pleted gold card ap­pli­ca­tions should be re­turned in per­son to the district ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice. Se­niors should bring an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card with them when they sign up.

For ques­tions re­gard­ing the card, call Cathy San­ti­ago at 610869-2441 or email csan­ti­ago@ avon­grove.org.

Once the gold card ap­pli­ca­tion plus proof of age (over 62) is brought into the district of­fice, the card will be pro­duced on busi­ness-card pa­per and lam­i­nated.

Alexan­der said he got the word out by do­ing a tour of se­nior com­mu­ni­ties and the YMCA.

He said if any se­nior res­i­dent of the district has dif­fi­culty com­ing in or deal­ing with the in­ter­net, a friend can come into the of­fice on their be­half and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff will aid in solv­ing the prob­lem.

Alexan­der said get­ting the se­nior pop­u­la­tion in­volved in the school is good for the district as well as the se­niors.

“It’s bet­ter for the peo­ple to be en­gaged in the sys­tem so they can ap­pre­ci­ate our plays, tech­nol­ogy and fa­cil­i­ties. They are part of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Shown is the new Avon Grove School District Gold Card.

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