• Community Book Circle


    Southern York County School District is thrilled to launch a Community Book Circle to encourage collaborative conversations in our community through author Joy Thomas Moore’s, The Power of Presence: Be a Voice in Your Child’s Ear Even When You’re Not with Them.

    Join us for the kickoff and book signing with Joy Thomas Moore on March 4, followed by biweekly book circle discussions. Book circle conversations will focus on two to three chapters at a time. All sessions are scheduled from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and childcare will be available if needed. We are thrilled that Joy Thomas Moore will also be available to return for our closing celebration. We hope that you are able to join us for any or all of the sessions, please RSVP by completing this form.


    Mind, Heart, Faith, Courage, Resources, Connectedness, and Values are the seven pillars explored in the book that every parent, grandparent, and significant adult in a child's life could use to be a positive influence. 

    The Power of Presence Book Circle is one of a series of public initiatives the District’s Community Awareness Committee is developing to increase outreach and nurture connections that strengthen ties in our community. The committee consists of a diverse group of stakeholders from the District, including students, parents, teachers, administration, board members, and community leaders.

    • March 4: Kickoff session at Southern Middle School auditorium with Joy Thomas Moore
    • March 18: Discussion session at Friendship Elementary School  
    • April 1: Discussion session at the YMCA, 100 Constitution Ave 
    • April 15: Discussion session at Titanium Athletics, 10709 Susquehanna Trail South
    • April 30: Closing celebration at Southern Middle School auditorium with Joy Thomas Moore

    Books may be purchased at Amazon or other online book retailers. Digital and audio formats are also available. The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, Paul Smith Library of Shrewsbury, and the District will have limited copies available for those in need of a copy. Please remember to bring your book to the book signing on March 4.

    Southern York County School District would like to thank the following groups for their financial support: Shrewsbury Masonic Lodge #423, Southern York County Rotary Club, Lions Clubs of New Freedom & Shrewsbury, Dr. Rodney Bradley & Friends Choir, and Private Donors. We would also like to thank the Shrewsbury YMCA and Titanium Athletics for hosting a book circle discussion.

    President and CEO of JWS Media Consulting, Joy Thomas Moore worked 15 years with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children and families in the United States. She has a unique set of skills communicating the critical issues facing our children.

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