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Personal and Emotional Development / Support

Panthers Always Want Success

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires the formation and function of student assistance programs in all public schools. The primary goal of East Pennsboro Area High School’s program, PAWS (Panthers Always Want Success), is to provide the support necessary to promote students’ achievement and success.


What is the PAWS Program?


PAWS is a confidential and voluntary program aimed at assisting students who are faced with barriers to learning. Such challenges may include but are not limited to, family problems, eating and/or sleeping difficulties, hostility/anger, peer conflict, depression, pregnancy, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anxiety/fears, and drug/alcohol use. The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community mental health and drug & alcohol agencies. PAWS team members are trained to identify problems, to determine whether or not the presenting problems lie within the responsibility of the school, and to make recommendations to assist students and parents. When problems lie beyond the scope of the school, the PAWS team can help parents and students to access services within the community. PAWS team members do not diagnose, treat, or refer to treatment, but they may refer students for screening or assessment for treatment. PAWS follows state-mandated guidelines for student assistance programs.


Click here to learn more about PAWS: Student Assistance Program

One of the best ways to meet peers and find your niche is to explore our plenty of athletics and clubs within East Pennsboro.
Click here to discover what is available: Activities & Athletics Page


The East Pennsboro Education Foundation is excited to offer a program, Panther Pack, to all students in the East Pennsboro Area School District who are eligible and are participating in Free or Reduced Lunch.  We will fill a backpack full of nutritional food each week for each student enrolled in the program.


Click here to learn more about Panther Pack: Panther Pack Information


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