Providing structure and support

Williamsport Area High School understands that this is a very challenging time for your student. Students are beginning to learn who they are and what they want to be.

Communication is the key to a student’s success. Encourage your student to talk to you, a teacher, or even a counselor to help him or her find the answers he or she is seeking.

BackPack Program

A hands-on opportunity in school citizenship and service for Williamsport Area High School life skills students is helping to alleviate hunger and improve the educational experience for some of their peers.
In partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the high school launched a BackPack Program in 2016, which provides a bag of nonperishable food at the end of each week for participating students to take home and eat when school meal programs are unavailable.

One of the key components of the program is having life skills students handle the delivery of donated food, stock and manage the inventory, and fill the backpacks ahead of distribution every Friday or before a long break.

Each bag is typically packed with two breakfast options, two lunch options, juice boxes, and two snack options — one can of fruit and one can of vegetables. The marriage of the program with the school's life skills curriculum helps provide an authentic, real-world experience for those students.

The BackPack Program is funded by the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation through a grant from The Harry Plankenhorn Foundation and by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The high school is actively searching for additional funding and donations to make sure the program can continue throughout this school year and in future years. 

Food Donations  

Food donations can be dropped off at the main office of the Williamsport Area High School between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donation can be made payable to Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation and directed to Mr. Greg Hayes, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. 

Program Enrollment

To enroll a student in the program, see your guidance office for the appropriate form.

Resources for Parents

Help your child do well in school and make the most of his or her talents and interests and get the education and skills he or she needs for college and work. In addition to reviewing these helpful websites, please visit the Guidance page for downloadable checklists and other valuable information to help your child have a successful year, no matter the grade level. Additional resources can help your child discover what potential careers he or she is best suited for based on his or her skills and abilities.


Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Mental Health

We can help! See the resources below for more information, or contact your child's school counselor for a list of local mental health and drug and alcohol treatment providers. 


Visit the sites below for information about cyberbullying compiled by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission