Education discussed at Lifetree Cafe

ELYSBURG - The state of public education will be explored at Lifetree Cafe from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave.

The program, titled "Pass or Fail? The State of Education," features filmed stories from Nikhil Goyal, TED talk speaker and author of "One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School," and Sajan George, the founder of Matchbook Learning, a school-turnaround organization.

Participants in the Lifetree program will discuss the current state of public education and what changes might improve the system for schools, parents and students.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For more information, contact Alexis Spade at 570-672-2873 or

Raise the Region today

SHAMOKIN - Anyone interested in donating to Raise the Region, a 30-hour fundraising event to benefit local nonprofit organizations, can do so at a local restaurant today.

Rob's Good Time Grill will donate $1 from every regular meal of $4.99 to $9.98 and $2 for a regular priced meal $9.99 and up.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, holds the 30-hour fundraising event to help the community support local nonprofit organizations.

Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships has donated $125,000 that will be used to match a portion of donations made to pre-registered nonprofits. Additional monetary prizes and incentives, sponsored by Auto Trakk and Larson Design Group, will be awarded throughout the event.

Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc. (CSO Inc.) will be participating in the event again this year.