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Contact Information

Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-477-1612
Fax: 717-477-4072

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Welcome to the GBLUES PTO Webpage

Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School (GBLUES) and its Parent Teacher Organization take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who supports our mission each and every day.   Whether you are a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, friend, or member of our extended University community, your contributions throughout the year help make incredible things happen.  Research has shown that when parents and communities are involved in the classrooms of their children, students excel.  We know this to be true at GBLUES, where together we all achieve uncommon outcomes. 

As you explore the information below, you will notice that we have a large PTO committee that works hard throughout the year to make sure the teachers, administrators, and students at GBLUES have the support and resources they need to ensure safe, healthy, and inspiring learning opportunities.  We couldn't offer all of the class field trips, family events and picnics, special programs, after school programs, camp programs, and more without your support.  So if you have not already done so, please consider becoming a volunteer and member of our PTO and share your skills so that we can all continue to celebrate the wonderful place in which our children learn and grow!  


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PTO Information

Interested in Volunteering at GBLUES?

Shippensburg Area School District (SASD) has implemented a volunteer policy that requires all volunteers who work in the school to follow the processes below.  Please review the letter from Beth Bender, Assistant Superintendent if you would like more information.

1) Parents/community members interested in volunteering should complete a volunteer information form (VIF), and submit it to the main office at GBLUES.  You can download the document and print it in hard copy, or submit it online by clicking here.

2) Once completed and submitted, VIF's will be reviewed by an administrator, and the Board of School Directors, who will communicate with the volunteer regarding the status their application and any further requirements for additional clearances (i.e. whether a Level 1 or Level 2 clearance is required).  There are many volunteer opportunities that do not require additional clearances.

 3a) Level 1 volunteers are those that provide support to students OUTSIDE OF THE DIRECT SUPERVISION of school district employees.  These volunteers can thus provide support for students without the classroom teacher or other district employee being present.  Such clearance is necessary for volunteers working with students in conference room settings, libraries, field trips, camp activities, playgrounds, etc.

If a volunteer has applied to work in this capacity, all Level 1 volunteers must complete the additional items before they are allowed to volunteer in the school.  Please note there are some minor expenses associated with this process, and these are the responsibility of the volunteer.

1) Obtain a current ACT 34 PA State Police Criminal History Background Clearance.  This has to be less than one year old.  Click here for online information. 

2) Obtain a current ACT 151 Child Abuse History Clearance.  This also has to be less than one year old. Click here for online information.

3) Obtain a current FBI background check.  This too has to be less than one year old. Click here for online information. 

4) Obtain a Tuberculin Test.  SASD will provide free testing.  Please contact a school nurse for more information (Click here).

5) Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire.  (They can be found on the wall literature holder in GBLUES Lobby).

 3b) Level 2 volunteers are those individuals that provide support for students UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION of a professional staff member.  Level 2 volunteers must be supervised by the classroom teacher or other professional staff while working with students.

If a volunteer has applied to work in this capacity, all Level 2 volunteers must complete the additional items below before they are allowed to volunteer in the school. 

1) Obtain a Tuberculin Test.  SASD will provide free testing.  Please contact a school nurse for more information (Click here).

2) Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire.  (They can be found on the wall literature holder in GBLUES Lobby).

4) Once you are cleared to begin volunteering please follow the GBLUES Volunteer Program  procedure as follows:

1) Make contact with GBLUES administrators or teachers to schedule service dates and times.

2) At the prescribed time, pick-up a parking pass at the main desk at GBLUES and park in the designated area.

3) All visitors and volunteers must sign in at the office, where additional directions will be given.

4) If you would like to order lunch (cost is $2.95) please notify school personnel before 9:00 a.m. or bring your own packed lunch if service extends through the lunch hour.

5) When in the building, please use the public restroom in the front lobby.

6) Please remember that all tobacco use is strictly prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or when supervising students.

7) Please sign-out at the front desk when you complete your volunteer service.  We appreciate and thank you for your service!


PTO Fund Raising Programs.

In order to raise the dollars necessary for our school to be able to run field trips, run Camp GBLUES, and other programs throughout the year, we have to work hard to raise some funds to enable us to do so. 

In addition to our planned event fund raisers like the spaghetti dinner and silent auction, several fund raisers we can all participate in every day include the Giant A+ rewards program as well as the standard "Box Tops" program.  See below for more details on how you can help.

1) Giant A+ Rewards: Register your Giant Bonus Card to help the school raise funds.  Ask everyone you know to register and you can help our school.  Everytime you make a purchase using your Giant Bonus Card, the school will receive a percentage of what you spent.  For more information on this program checkout the website Please designate our school using the code is 00745.  In past years, we have earned anywhere from $1500 up to $3000!  Every dollar helps us so please ask everyone to help support our school!  

 2) Box Tops: As always, please continue to collect box tops throughout the year and summer and submit them to the main office.  Box Tops are no longer just on prepared food products.  Look for them on just about anything you buy.  A valid Box Top will have it's value (usually 10 cents) printed on the label .   For a complete list of all participating products log on to for more information.  If you choose to join the Box Tops website you will receive periodic emails (about once a month) with recipes and coupons.  In addition, the school will receive an additional donation from Box Tops so if you are willing we would appreciate the support. 


2013-2014 PTO Executive Committee

Director: Dr. Rebecca Overholt, Interim Director: Richard Bonitz

 Administrative Assistant: Lisa Cline  

 PTO Coordinator:  Jennifer Steffen  

 PTO Co-Coordinator:  Charity Hansberger

 PTO Treasurer:  Heidi Miller  

 PTO Secretary:  Bethany Massara

 Back to School Picnic:  Sean & Angel Cornell  

 Hospitality:  Lyman's (First Friday Coffee) & Kathryn Brooks (PTO Meetings)   

 Fall Festival:  Andrea Katz (Food); Jennifer Steffen; Holly Kennedy, Amanda Ruth, Becky Zullinger, Kelly, Luhrs, Heidi Miller & Shannon Heckman (Activities) 

 Holiday Store:  Amanda Ruth & Jennifer Steffen  

 Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction:  Andrea Katz (Food); Joanne Meehan (Silent Auction) & Holly Kennedy (Kid's Silent Auction) 

 Teacher Appreciation:  Heather Wadas

 Camp GBLUES Coordinators: 

Sean Cornell, Tim Hawkins, Irene Hawkins, Matthew Cella, Laurie Cella & Pat Taylor (Camp Coordination/Activities)

Troy Wiser (Camp Food)  

 Relay for Life:  Jennifer Steffen & Kami Shope  

 Plant Sale:  Joanne Meehan  

 5th Grade Graduation:  Classroom Parents

 End of Year Picnic:  Becky Zullinger & Liz Orseno  

 Programs:  Norma Holsopple  

 Lunchroom/Dishwashing Coordinator:  Office  

 Box Tops:  

 Giant A+ Rewards:  Beth McBroom 

 Playground:  Sean Cornell  

 Fundraising:  Julie Goodhart  

 Yearbook:   Jennifer Davidson

 Spirit Gear:  Susan Nealy, Julie Goodhart & Jill Hollar

                                            Publicity:  Heather Wadas

Classroom Representatives:

Kindergarten: Kami Shope

1st Grade: Heni Toth

2nd Grade: Beth McBroom

3rd Grade: Susie Keyes/Rhonda Dyson

4th Grade: Erika Kyle

5th Grade: Misty Knight