What do President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Chaney, Michael Jordan, Tom Brokaw, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Governor Chris Christie have in common? They all attended a Boys State program in their home state when they had completed their junior year in high school. On February 1st, the Pennsylvania American Legion began registration for the 2014 session of Keystone Boys State (KBS). Boys State is a premier educational program and has been conducted yearly in Pennsylvania since 1937. KBS is a comprehensive “hands-on” one-week workshop in the principles and organization of Pennsylvania government. Young men attending KBS learn about Pennsylvania government by operating the agencies and levels of mythical state government, the “51st State” themselves. Through KBS young men will learn more about Pennsylvania government than 75% of the general population of the state, which will benefit them in problems of Democracy, Government and AP Government classes their senior year.
At their monthly dinner meeting, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook honored Emma Vellucci (right), an eighth grade student at the Maple Point Middle School, as their “Student of the Month.” Emma was accompanied by her proud parents and brother. She presented herself to the group as a well-rounded student, active in many school activities as well as after-school community projects.
Emma was presented with a check and plaque by Club President Irv Perlstein (left).
The third grade classes in the Morrisville School District are studying about and discussing communities as part of their Social Studies curriculum. They were inspired to help out and wanted to give back to their own community of Morrisville. As part of their 100th Day of School Celebration on February 7th, they concluded a service project to collect canned food items for local organizations. One hundred cans for 100 days!
The teachers, Laura Dyer, Erica Poland, and staff member Marissa Cylinder were thrilled with the success of the collection. The entire third grade collected over 200 non-perishable food items!
Through the coordination of the Morrisville School District 21st Century Community Learning Centers Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Sullivan, the donated food items were split between two local organizations. At Holy Trinity Church, Easter food baskets are donated to those in need in Morrisville Borough. The Food Center at Morrisville Presbyterian Church provides supplemental food assistance to hungry families in Lower Bucks and the greater Trenton, NJ area.
The third grade students experienced a lesson in giving back to their neighbors and would like to encourage others to donate to their communities frequently.
PHOTO CAP: Third graders, standing from left, Alyssa Barrett, Aleighia Guadron-Soto, Cole Parada, Eleanor Quince, Jazmine Harris, Abigail Larkin, and Zachary Rinkevich; seated in front is Jose Gutierrez.
Alexandra Urusow and Saje Breuer were recognized as February’s Students of the Month by the Feasterville Rotary Club at its breakfast meeting on February 11th. Alexandra, of Feasterville, is the daughter of Colleen and Bembe Urusow and has an older sister, Tatiana. She has attended Neshaminy schools for the past 13 years. Her GPA is 4.16 and she ranks 42nd in her class of 645 students.
Alexandra’s senior program of study includes Honors English 12, Honors Civics/Economy/Psychology, Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology, Drama, Select Choir, Roadies, Harmony and Electric Piano. She is in Select/Concert Choir, Drama/Musical Theatre Club, Interact Club (Grades 9-10) and the School Musical.
Alexandra is a member of National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, has been recognized by the Bucks County Music Educators Association, and consistently attains Distinguished Honor Roll status. She gives benefit drama performances for ALS, Autism and Hope for Howie, participated in the 2012 Roadies Toy Drive, ran in the Childhood Leukemia 5K, and sang at Pennswood Village for Neshaminy Retirees (2012-2013). Alexandra plans to attend a four-year college to earn a BFA in musical theatre, hopefully at Pace University in Lower Manhattan.
Saje Breuer lives in Feasterville with her parents, Lisa and Todd Breuer. She has attended Neshaminy schools for the past four years and ranks 119th in her class of 645. Her GPA is 3.74. Saje’s senior program of study includes Honors Chemistry 2, A.P. Psychology, String Orchestra, Honors English 12, Environmental Science and Honors Calculus. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, Environmental Club, Orchestra, Interact Club, played Powder Puff football and is participating in Gym Night.
Saje’s community and volunteer involvement includes helping at Black Lake Run Farm and Woods Services, and participating in the Red Cross Blood Drive, Brain Cancer Benefit, Color Run, and the Polar Bear Plunge. Her hobbies and interests include art and horseback riding in regional shows.
After graduating from high school, Saje will attend a four-year college to become a Special Education teacher. She has been accepted at Bloomsburg, Slippery Rock, and Penn State Abington, but has not yet made her decision.
PHOTO CAPS: 1. From left, Ed McConnell, President of Feasterville Rotary, with Lisa, Saje, and Todd Breuer.
2. From left, Bembe, Colleen, and Alexandra Urusow, with Ed McConnell.
To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. People from all across the country are participating in this historic effort including the Cambridge School.
As part of this national effort, THE ADDRESS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, will air on April 15th at 8pm on PBS. The film focuses on The Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, where students with learning differences practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.
The Cambridge School, the only school invited to participate in NJ, has partnered with the Greenwood School to help further the national conversation about learning differences through a contest for its middle school students.
The Montessori School, located at 501 W. Maple Avenue in Morrisville on the grounds of the Morrisville United Methodist Church, is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Friday, April 4th. Alumni, friends, and the general public are invited to stop by the school to see their classroom in operation, have some cake, and receive a souvenir. The Open House will be from 9:00 to 11:00am.
The Montessori School is an independent, family-run school dedicated to the philosophy of Maria Montessori. Over 125 children have participated in the Preschool through Kindergarten Program. The school was founded by Mary Ann Jackson in 2004. Mrs. Jackson has been Head of School as well as classroom teacher-guide since the school’s inception. Her son, Craig, joined her in the classroom in 2005. Both are state and Montessori-certified teacher-guides.
For more information call the school at 215-295-1170.
Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) at Honey Hollow will once again be offering its popular pre-school explorers program for children ages three to five with a caregiver. Sessions are held Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30pm and include an outdoor activity, story time and craft. The fee for BCAS members is $60; for non-members is $90. A minimum registration of eight students must be reached for the program to be offered.
Program dates and themes include: April 10th – Our Feathered Friends! Learn about what the birds are doing as they return from their winter migration; April 17th – Wildflowers! Take a hike to find spring wildflowers; April 24th – Hoppin’ Frogs! Visit the pond to see if you can catch some croakers!; May 1st – Let’s Get Growing! Learn all about seeds and start some plants for kids to take home to their gardens; May 8th – Peak in the Pond! Who’s living in the pond? Use nets to catch some and see!; May 15th – Lady Bugs (and their friends) visit the meadow to find insect friends.
Families interested in participating should send an e-mail to BCAS@bcas.org with name, address, phone number, and ages of participants by April 3rd. All programs take place at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center, 2877 Creamery Road, Solebury. For further information call 215-297-5880.
The Center for Independent Living of Bucks County is sponsoring a free eight-week course in American Sign Language beginning in March, to be held in three locations throughout the county, Southampton, Sellersville, and Bristol.
To register and for more info call 215-781-5070.
Since 1956, the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation (PSF) has existed to help Pennsbury graduates achieve their goal of higher education. In 2013, the PSF awarded $106,000 in scholarships to 63 graduates. Over the past 58 years, approximately $2.2 million in scholarships has been awarded to more than 1,300 Pennsbury graduates by the PSF.
These PSF’s scholarships are possible because of income from the endowments and low-risk investments; repayment of loans by former recipients; gifts made in honor or memory of loved ones; as well as gifts from local businesses and community organizations.
Additionally, the PSF’s endowed namesake scholarship program enables families to maintain the spirit and memory of their loved ones, while helping students achieve their post high school educational goals. In 2014, 28 namesake scholarships will be awarded in memory of 25 former community members, including 12 graduates of PHS. All scholarships are based on four equally-weighted criteria: academic achievement, financial need, character and leadership. These awards are comprised of one-half grant and one-half zero-interest loan, repayable starting 6 months after the student leaves college.
Pennsbury graduates are encouraged to apply for a scholarship every year that they are working toward an undergraduate degree. The 2014 application form will be available on the PSF website, www.pennsbury.k12.pa.us (“Foundations” link), and in the guidance offices at Pennsbury High School. The deadline for the return of all application components is April 11th, 2014. The screening of applications will be held on June 1st, 2014. Community volunteers who wish to assist with the screening are invited to participate and should contact PSF for more information. A reception for 2014 PSF scholarship recipients will be held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014.
The PSF is administered by an independent, all-volunteer Board of Directors made up of 19 community members and four school district representatives who are responsible for fundraising, investments, and overseeing the awarding of grants and loans.
Any person, business or organization interested in making a donation to the PSF, establishing an endowment, or obtaining more information should call 215-428-4145 or e-mail: email@example.com. Donations can also be mailed to the PSF at P.O. Box 338, 134 Yardley Avenue, Fallsington, PA 19058-0338.
The PSF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
History and technology come together in the Newtown Library Company. Located in Newtown Borough at 114 E. Centre Avenue, the library was founded in 1760 and is the sixth oldest subscription library in the United States, continuously operating as a circulation library.
Replicas of early American flags dating back to the 1700’s hang from the balcony and William Penn’s original dining room chair hangs in an alcove overlooking one of the many book collections. In 1825 Edward Hicks, the famous primitive artist, and original founding member of the Newtown Library Company painted a sign for the library. Today the sign hangs over the mantle of one of the two fireplaces in the Library.
The library is a valuable resource for community members. An excellent place to study, it is a Wi-Fi hotspot and provides public computers in a comfortable area complete with printer. All of the bestsellers are available upon publication and can be reserved in advance.
There are programs for everyone. At Itsy-Bitsy Story Time, every Wednesday morning at 10:30, children under the age of three are invited to listen to stories and do crafts. Wiggleworms Story Time for children 3-6 is at 1:00pm. Poetry evenings are held on the third Friday of every month. The Annual Book Lovers’ Party is on February 22nd. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music and raffles make this a “must attend.”
Events are always updated on the Library calendar so be sure to check their new website at www.NewtownLibraryCompany.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newtownlibrary. Call 215-968-7659 or e-mail NewtownLibraryFB@gmail.com.
The Newtown Library Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit that survives through dues, donations, bequests, endowments and fundraising programs. Annual dues are $25 for a family, $20 for an individual and $10 for seniors and students. Volunteers are welcome to help operate the library and can call or e-mail for more information.