Students have a Field Day

The students at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary in Morrisville recently had a chance to kick field goals and catch screen passes from several members of the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL Play 60 Field Day. The partnership with the American Heart Association and the NFL allows children in the Delaware Valley and across the country to participate in a four-week challenge urging them to play outside at least 60 minutes a day and to log those hours.

The reward for the top 25 highest performing students in the schools? They get to play even more, but with the team. The NFL Play 60 Challenge encourages kids of all ages to eat healthy and to put down the electronic devices and go outside and move.

This year students from around the area went to the NovaCare Center to run some drills with (from left) Najee Goode, Marcus Smith, Chris Maragos, Travis Long and Taylor Hart.

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Santarsiero announces over $2.1 million in state grants

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, recently announced the award of a $2 million grant for Pennwood Middle School, as well as a $150,000 grant for acquisition and demolition of the MR Reiter School building.

Pennsbury School District will use its $2 million to renovate and enlarge Pennwood Middle School into a high-performance building. The building, aside from an addition constructed in 1972, has had no renovations or systems replacements since it was built in 1952.

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Downstage Center Dance Studio accepting registrations

Downstage Center Dance Studio in Morrisville is accepting registration for the 2016-2017 season. Classes begin Monday, September 12th.

Join their inspiring team of dancers, teachers and friendly staff in the county’s most innovative and non-competitive dance studio. Classes are offered for ages three-adult in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Contemporary and Musical Theater.

The beautiful clean facility is surrounded with wall-to-wall mirrors, sprung floors, surround sound, theatrical lighting and two observation windows.

Register online at www.DownstageDance.com or visit them during summer hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  For more information call 215-736-8424.

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Troop 230 honors two new Eagles

Boy Scout Troop 230 Scouts Benjamin A. Peszka and Daniel R. Plunkett were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor at Washington Crossing Historic Park earlier this month. Benjamin A. Peszka completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at Veteran’s Square Monument in Yardley.

Coordinating with local veterans’ organizations and members of the Veteran’s Square Monument Committee, Ben led a team of scout and marching band volunteers in the installation of a landscape project at the site.

Ben crossed over from Pack 95 and has served his troop in several leadership roles including Scribe, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He has participated in his troop’s summer camp and joined the Venture Patrol on the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park. He is a member of Order of the Arrow Ajapeu Lodge.

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Dear Pennsbury Stakeholder:

I hope as you read this you can reflect upon your household having enjoyed the calm of summer, and time was spent in pleasurable moments that afforded new learning through reading, traveling, or simple conversations.

With the opening of school upon us, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many community members who graciously helped me transition into my new role as Superintendent of Schools in Pennsbury School District.

It is a District with proud traditions that I plan to uphold and a long history of success in academics, activities, and athletics that I plan to support and celebrate with all of you!

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Sixteen students participate in Foundations Summer Youth Corps

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership‘s 2016 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families.

The program provides students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community by working at non-profit human service agencies. This is the ninth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program, expanding from 11 students in its inaugural year to 16 students this year.

Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County, as well as earning college credit through a partnership with Bucks County Community College.

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Scenes from the Pennsbury High School Graduation

  1. Noelle Stango and Nathan Siegel, both of Yardley, prepare for the future.
  1. Mike Susko, Meridith Twomey, Derrick Sutton, and Erica Venkatesulu on Falcon Field.
  1. Stephanie Owens with diploma in hand.
  1. Rob Walton, Christian White, Lance Steiner, and Lucas Levesque cue the band.
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Yardley resident making romance readers swoon

by Lisa DeAngelis

Judy Young is a lot like Riley Cook, heroine of her romance novel, “Black Sequinned Bows and Champagne Nights,” that made its debut this past March, and has since earned five stars on both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Her novel is available in both ebook, paperback, and soon to be audiobook formats.

“Black Sequinned Bows And Champagne Nights” is a multi-cultural romantic suspense novel that follows Riley, a woman “busy building her empire.”

After enduring the death of her husband, and barely escaping a potential marriage to a womanizer, Riley struggles to keep believing that happily-ever-after might still be possible, a situation many women find themselves in today.

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Pennsbury Education Foundation announces grant awards

The Pennsbury Education Foundation (PEF) recently awarded a total of seven grants to schools across the Pennsbury School District, totaling over $9,500. The PEF is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on donations and supports the purpose of improving teaching and learning in Pennsbury through innovative educational initiatives. Grants are awarded through an application process that occurs twice each year.

“The PEF Board is pleased to support the valuable work that our teachers do in the classroom, and we look for effective ways to distribute funds to benefit students,” said Annette Young, PEF President.

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Victoria Elliott named Director of Development at University of the Sciences

Victoria Elliott, of Yardley, has been named director of development in the Department of Institutional Advancement at University of the Sciences. She joins USciences from Association Headquarters, a professional services firm specializing the management nonprofit trade and professional organizations.

In her new role, Victoria will be engaged in identifying and cultivating alumni and other donors to achieve the University’s fundraising goals. She is an active member of the University of the Sciences Alumni Association and served as vice president from 2015 to 2016.

Victoria previously worked at University of the Sciences as director of placement services from 1996 to 2005, helping students and alumni find positions in their fields.

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