Letter to the Editor

Not that long ago, my son joined Cub Scout Pack 5, which meets at North and Southampton Reformed Church in Churchville, and he loves the program!

There are always things to do that are engaging and great for his development. From sleeping near dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences to racing his Pinewood Derby car, he always enjoys it! Afterwards, he has left so excited about Scouting.

At pack meetings, he’s recognized for achievements that require time and effort, but are fun to attain. He’s also impacted his community by collecting food for a local pantry and raking leaves at Tamanend Park.

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Children Learn Science in the Summer

by June Portnoy

Brandon Tetreault, of Richboro, focused his microscope to see the cells inside a leaf. Breanne Dymek, of Ivyland, looked at the petals and reproductive parts of a flower under her microscope. While these scenarios might sound like a science class at school, these children were actually participating in GSK Science in the Summer™ at the Northampton Library in Richboro during the week of July 13th.

The program is a free, fun science enrichment program for elementary school children entering second through sixth grade. It is sponsored by GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), administered by the Franklin Institute, and held in local libraries. The program was launched 29 years ago, and has grown every year throughout Philadelphia, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Each year the curriculum changes, focusing on a different area of science. This year’s theme in Bucks County was “Bioscience.”

“This program has become so successful in Bucks County that registration was full for nearly every class in this county this summer, said spokesperson Christine Killian.

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Meet Council Rock School District’s new Superintendent: Dr. Robert Fraser

by June Portnoy

On July 1st, Dr. Robert Fraser officially became Council Rock School District’s new Superintendent, and he plans to be here for a very long time.

“My goal is to be here for the rest of my career, and that’s more than my goal; that’s my intent,” said Dr. Fraser. “From a personal standpoint, it made a lot more sense for me not to make the move to Bucks County,” where he now lives with his wife in Furlong.

“However, this is such an outstanding school district and this was such an outstanding opportunity that the professional pull and the people living in this community were enough of a pull to overcome those personal challenges to make this move and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be here.”

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FCP awards scholarships to Nicholas Wu and Nathan Sipler

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded scholarships to two Council Rock High School seniors through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP presented checks for $1,000 to:

  • Nicholas Wu at Council Rock High School North (attending Princeton University);
  • Nathan Sipler at Council Rock High School South (attending Bucks County Community College).

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Local employees perform day of giving at Penndel Food Pantry

by June Portnoy

Over 75 employees from International SOS Assistance Inc.’s Trevose office volunteered their time and labor to thoroughly clean, improve the safety and enhance the aesthetics of the Penndel Food Pantry on Friday, May 8th.

The Penndel Food Pantry serves approximately 80 to 100 people, mostly the working poor, three times a week. Its building is also a transitional shelter that houses four families, primarily women and children, who can stay for up to a year.

International SOS (Intl.SOS) is a global company that offers medical and travel security risk services to business travelers.

“As part of our central mission, we have a theme that centers around the care and compassion for the community,” said Grant Jeffery, CEO of Americas at Intl.SOS. “Volunteering our time today is an example of one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects in which we engage during the year.”

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William O’Neill is runner-up in Cancer Support Community Teen Essay Contest

by June Portnoy

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted an award ceremony last month at its Gilda’s Club campus in Warminster, recognizing area middle and high school-aged teens for their winning essays expressing their first-hand accounts of how cancer has touched their lives.

Contestants of this third annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest, described their feelings about losing a loved one to cancer or living with an immediate family member currently or previously battling cancer. In former years, young people wrote essays about their own experiences of living with cancer.

William O’Neill, an 11th grader at Council Rock High School North, was a runner-up in the contest for his essay entitled, “Removing the Shards, One Piece at a Time.” His essay earned him a certificate and movie tickets.

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Council Rock South students recognized as ‘Good Citizens’

Four juniors from Council Rock High School South recently received the prestigious Good Citizenship Award and Medal from The Union League of Philadelphia for demonstrating cooperative effort, self-control, perseverance, and good sportsmanship, and for endeavoring constantly to follow and uphold the best traditions and principles of American patriotism.

Nominated by and representing the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania were Isabella DeLuca, Sara Rowlands, and Elizabeth Sauers from Holland.

Nominated and representing the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra was May Wang from Holland.

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A fond farewell to CR School Superintendent Mark Klein

by June Portnoy

After working at Council Rock School District for 37 years, 26 years as an elementary school teacher and principal and the past 11 years as School Superintendent, Mark Klein, 59, will officially retire on August 31st.

It’s no surprise that Mr. Klein chose a career in education, as both of his parents were educators. In fact, he moved to Bucks County from Pittsburgh at the age of 12 when his father became Director of Pupil Services at Central Bucks School District.

Mr. Klein spent his childhood growing up in Doylestown and graduated from Central Bucks High School West. He currently lives with his wife, Diane, also an educator, in Jamison. Two of his three children have also pursued a career in education, which Mr. Klein jokingly refers to as “the family business.”

He began his teaching career at Churchville Elementary School in 1978. After teaching there for 10 years, he taught at Richboro Elementary School for a year when that building first opened. He returned to his roots at Churchville for another five years, this time working as the school principal.

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Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge presents scholarship awards

by June Portnoy

The Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge (PNL) #2665 awarded $7,500 worth of scholarships to nine area graduating high school seniors, six of whom attend Bucks County high schools, and one additional Bucks County Community College (BCCC) student, during its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, held earlier this month at the Morrisville Senior Center.

Funding for the scholarships was provided by the PNL C&E (Cultural & Educational) Foundations, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, and PNL’s philanthropic arm.

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The Dance Academy wins big at major dance event

On April 25th and 26th, The Dance Academy competed in Lancaster, PA against dozens of dance studios from around the state and area for prestigious top honors at Showstopper, the largest dance competition in the country.

The Dance Academy received nine crystal awards; 28 double platinum awards; 21 platinum awards; six gold awards.

This qualifies them to go to the Showstopper National Finals in Sandusky, Myrtle Beach, Anaheim, or Galveston this summer.

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