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  • Mental Health for Total Good Health

    Posted by Karen Geelan at 8/7/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Parenting is the one of the most challenging jobs a person can have.  As children grow into young adults, there are many topics that can be difficult for parents to discuss, and consequently may be avoided.  It helps to have tips and resources to host those courageous conversations.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has some resources regarding Mental Health for you here .

    There are many services available in our community through the Cattaraugus County Department of Community Services.  Families should not feel that they are alone, or that they're issues cannot be addressed. We are lucky to have a variety of supports availableright in our own backyards.  

    Feel free to call your school's office for more assistance.

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  • The Allegany-Limestone Healing Garden

    Posted by Karen Geelan at 9/11/2015
    You may have heard about the A-L Healing Garden, saw pictures form the dedication, or noticed the stacks of landscaping bricks behind the middle school.  We are excited that Mr. Gordon Scott and his crew are making this idea come to life with the generous support of our Student Council and ALCS community.
    What is a healing garden?

    “The Kaplans and Roger Ulrich have provided much of the literature on how a landscape can be restorative (Severtsen, 2015). Providing a sense of fascination as well as a greater extent, separating users from distraction (Kaplans, 1998), reducing negative emotions, holding a person’s attention, and blocking stressful thoughts(Ulrich, 1981) have all been shown to occur in natural landscapes.”


    Our campus is surrounded by beautiful, peaceful, and restorative landscapes, but all too often we take it for granted. It is easy to get caught up in our busy schedules without stopping to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, or to allow ourselves to be renewed by it. The purpose of our Healing Garden is to provide an area that promotes quiet reflection while embracing the vistas from our campus.


    The term healing gardens is most often applied to green spaces in hospitals and other healthcare facilities that specifically aim to improve health outcomes. These gardens provide a place of refuge and promote healing in patients, families, and staff. You can, however, find healing gardens in parks, corporate office complexes, housing developments, schools, and municipal grounds.


    According to two leaders in this field, Clare Cooper Marcus and Marni Barnes, healing comes because the gardens promote relief from symptoms, stress reduction, and improvement in overall sense of wellbeing and hopefulness. Students and staff will be able to use our Healing Garden as a place of quiet reflection and contemplation. Everyone experiences stress, and the people in our Gator community who are working to make our garden are committed to helping all of us through our stressful and difficult times.


    Cooper Marcus. C. and M. Barnes. 1999. Healing Gardens. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

    Kaplan, R., Kaplan, S. and R. Ryan. 1998. “Restorative Environments” in With People in Mind. (pp. 67-77). Island Press.

    Severtsen, Betsy, 2015. “Healing Gardens,” website:

    Ulrich, Roger S. 1981. “Natural Versus Urban Scenes: Some Psychophysiological Effects.” Environment and Behavior, 13 (5): 523-553.


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Representative of the Healing Garden Committee presented on their progress and plans at the Board of Education meeting...
Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Don't miss the Class of 2016 fund raiser this Thursday evening!Our thanks to all the generous donors for the fantastic prizes, too! It should prove to be a fun time for all. We hope you join us.
Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Monday, February 22, 2016

Gators give back!Mrs. Bockmier led the Gator team to the Polar Plunge this weekend and raised almost $1,000.Notice Mr. Mesi wore his suit and tie as usual!

Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Monday, December 7, 2015

We have the happiest School Resource Officer around!Don't let the crown and friendly appearance fool you. Deputy...

Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Friday, December 4, 2015

We are proud to send our entire sophomore class to tour Cutco today!Thank you, Cutco employees, DreamIt!DoIt!, and...

Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Friday, October 2, 2015


Our thanks to the volunteers, student camp counselors, corporate sponsors, PTO, teachers, 5th grade parents, supportive...
Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Friday, September 18, 2015


Thank you, Gator families and volunteers for helping with last night's Fiesta Open House at the Middle/High School!It...
Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Congratulations, Coach Dale Mac Arthur on your 400th Career Victory as our Girls Varsity Soccer Coach!This coaching...

Posted by Allegany-Limestone Central School District on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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