GENEVA, Ohio -- Like other schools, Cork Elementary focuses on the A-B-C's.
But, it pays special attention to the "C" word – caring. It has been voted this week’s FOX 8 Cool School.
Cork Elementary has been around since 1921, but has been in its new building for just the past two years. It is one of three elementary schools in the Geneva Area City School District with students in kindergarten through the fifth grade.
Students follow the school philosophy: to expect, believe and achieve. And, it shows in the classroom. When it comes to academics, Cork Elementary has received an "A" on the state report for excellent work.
Reading takes top priority at Cork Elementary.
Students challenge their reading levels by participating in the accelerated reading program.
“Cork has read 4,655 books so far this year and 20,077,603 words,” fourth grader Gabby Carley said.
All Cork Elementary students take their reading tests on the computers. The computers were donated by Fairmont Minerals.
Along with the reading, writing and arithmetic, Cork students learn about caring and they show it.
"Helping others is very important to us. Cork student council does a lot. We recently raised over $1,700 dollars for Dimes for Diabetes," fifth grader Rachel Raymond said.
Cork Elementary students find that their parent teacher organization cares about them.
"Our PTO is cool because we have Santa Shoppe, COSI and family fun night,” second grader Grace Dubsky said.
Students have their reasons why Cork Elementary deserves to be this week’s Fox 8 Cool School.
But, perhaps twins Sarah and Andrew Ferritto sum it up the best.
“Cork Elementary is the coolest school on the block because we all stick together and there are no bullies. And, we have a lot of fun activities," they said.