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Preschool Open House Scheduled March 26, 2019

Our Lady of Consolation Early Learning Center (OLC-ELC) will hold an open house on Thursday, April 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Schneider Parish Center 2995 Cemetery Road, Parkesburg. The center serves preschool children ages 2 to 5.

For more information, visit www.olcelc.com, call 610-857-1163 or email olcelc1163@gmail.com.

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School District Hosts Kindergarten Workshop March 25, 2019

Pequea Valley School District hosted a Kindergarten Workshop on March 15 for children who will enter kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. The school district hosted 18 children, along with their families, during this event, which took place at Salisbury Elementary.

The theme of the workshop was "Vocabulary and Rhyming," and all information and activities shared with families centered around the topic. The workshop emphasized phonemic awareness and the importance of understanding sounds before reading words.

The school district will hold another workshop, with a "Numbers and Counting" theme, in April. For more information and to register, readers may visit www.tinyurl.com/PreK2019.

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High School Receives Governor's Award March 25, 2019

Conestoga Valley High School (CVHS) was selected by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive the 2019 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

CVHS was selected for its CV Recycles campaign. The school's recycling awareness and action campaign kicked off with the creation of a 6-foot-tall sign spelling "CV Recycles," with the letters C and V made from metal mesh and filled with recyclable materials. The campaign continued on to collect enough recyclables to make the energy needed to power a convenience store for a year and offset the same amount of greenhouse gases as 10 acres of forest land.

One individual and 17 organizations, businesses, and local governments in Pennsylvania were selected by the DEP to receive the award. The award recipients were chosen among 28 applicants. Any individual, business, school, government agency, or community organization in Pennsylvania was eligible to apply. DEP evaluated projects for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership efforts, economic impact, consideration of climate change, and sustainability and results achieved.

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Students Study Surfactants March 25, 2019

On March 18, eighth-grade students at Montgomery School worked with an education outreach team from Croda Inc. on surfactants and sustainability.

The visitors from the specialty chemical company explained the chemistry of surfactants, or surface acting agents, and showed some of their uses. For example, surfactants are added to beauty products and some are used as cleansing and conditioning agents. Surfactants are also added to engines to improve performance and maintenance.

Various career opportunities were discussed, , and students were then engaged in a question-and-answer session. The presentation culminated with a hands-on foam making activity using a surfactant. Students then experimented with different combinations of additives to the soaps to investigate how to change the viscosity.

Montgomery School is an independent, coeducational day school serving prekindergarten through grade eight in Chester Springs. To learn more, readers may visit www.montgomeryschool.org.

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Making A Difference Through Reading And More March 25, 2019

"Barons are difference makers." That phrase, the motto of Manheim Central School District, is more than just a catchy slogan for students at Doe Run and H.C. Burgard elementary schools.

To prove they are difference makers, kindergartners through fourth-graders at both elementary schools took part in a reading challenge that culminated with fundraiser parties that benefited local organizations and continued the celebration of reading. As part of the challenge, participants at both elementary schools aimed to read in 15-minute increments, or "steps," and the class with the highest number of steps received special honors during the parties, dubbed the Family Reading Night and Read-a-THON Celebration, held on March 14 at the respective schools.

The Read-a-THON coincided with the middle and high school Mini-THON events as a way for younger grades to get in on the excitement of Mini-THON, which raises funds for Four Diamonds. Monetary donations were collected for Four Diamonds during the Read-a-THON. Youngsters at both Doe Run and H.C. Burgard held a reading spirit week leading up to the Read-a-THON. During the week, students were invited to participate in dress-up days such as Hats Off to Reading Day, when students could wear a hat all day; Curl Up With a Book Pajama Day; and Read My Shirt Day, where students wore shirts with writing that classmates could read.

According to Doe Run principal Art Paynter, the schools pulled out all the stops to promote reading during the culminating parties on March 14. "This is a way for us to celebrate the students and their efforts to be enthusiastic readers," Paynter explained.

In addition to celebrating and encouraging reading, administrators decided to tie in the idea of giving back and doing good in another way, just like Mini-THON. "We decided to join with Child Life and have students donate items," Paynter shared.

Students brought in donations of crayons, toys, craft supplies, and more in the days leading up to the parties as well as during the March 14 events. At the Doe Run event, the school's lobby was filled with the items as youngsters streamed in to take part in the activities planned for the evening.

Students earned prize drawing tickets depending on the number of steps they logged, and they could earn extra tickets by bringing in donations. Prize bags lined the wall in the cafeteria, and students clambered to place tickets in the bags of the most coveted items, such as a football autographed by Matt Nagy, a Manheim Central alumnus and head coach of the Chicago Bears.

The fun continued in the Doe Run gymnasium, where a disc jockey played popular tunes. Each grade was called out to the center of the dance floor to participate in a specific dance, such as the Chicken Dance or the Cha-Cha Slide. Special guests, including the MC Baron mascot, a couple of oversized chocolate bar mascots, and several 2018 District 3 champion Baron football players, joined in on the dancing fun.

Snacks, face painting, and the spring book fair provided additional enjoyment for Read-a-THON attendees.

The evening was brought to a festive close when Paynter and vice principal Christopher Montagna endured a shower of aerosol string. Students earned the privilege of dousing the administrators in the gooey gunk by winning a classroom door decorating contest. Both gentlemen took the experience in stride.

"We are proud of our Barons," Paynter said. "This is just another way our students prove that Barons are difference makers."

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Students Create Care Packages March 25, 2019

Students at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Ephrata recently completed a student-led service project that involved collecting items to make care packages for deployed members of the U.S. military. Students created flyers, served as student ambassadors for each classroom, and organized the collection of items. Donated items ranged included shampoo, toothbrushes, peanut butter, trail mix, batteries and decks of cards. A dress-down day was held to raise funds to cover the cost of postage. A total of 25 packages were shipped to deployed military members around the world.

OMPH School welcomes children from the local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. The school is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools. For more information, readers may call 717-738-2414 or visit www.omph.org.

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Students Participate In Regional Orchestra March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School orchestra students Sean Brown, violin, and Mayelin Ebersole, viola, recently took part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival held at the Performing Arts Center in Williamsport. Dr. Gerardo Edelstein, director of orchestras at Penn State University, conducted the ensemble of about 100 talented high school musicians.

A team of judges, composed of local music teachers, selected the students to the Central Region Orchestra based on their performance at the District 7 festival held in January.

Participants at the regional level represented the top orchestra students from not only District 7, which covers Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties, but also District 8, which consists of Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties.

This is the second time that Ebersole has played in the regional orchestra and the third time that Brown has earned the honor.

The high school's orchestra director is Rich Winey.

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Farmdale Students Receive Recognition March 22, 2019

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Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students March 22, 2019

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Janell Brinser and Nathan McNece are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for March. The selected outstanding students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Janell Brinser is the daughter of Jim and Sandy Brinser of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Women in Business, and Key Club, and she has served in leadership positions in Link Crew, as well as serving as president of National Art Honor Society, treasurer of Student Council, and president of Mini-THON. She also participated in Donegal Performing Arts wardrobe crew and Ski and Snowboard Club all four years of high school, DEEP as a senior, and Varsity Club in 10th through 12th grades. She is a four-year member of the track and field and soccer teams, serving as captain of the latter.

Outside of school, Janell volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital over the summer and participates with the Penn Legacy Soccer team. She also attends Trinity Lutheran Church and is a member of the youth group.

After graduation, Janell plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. She plans to major in nursing.

Nathan is the son of Brian and Andrea McNece of Mount Joy. He is a two-year member of NHS and Math Honor Society. He was a 2018 Lenfest Scholar Semifinalist; Lenfest is a prestigious and competitive local scholarship. He participated on the tennis team all four years of high school and was also involved in the Spanish Club, ping-pong club, and chess club. He is a performing arts member and participated in the musical "Anything Goes." Nathan was on the Donegal Court this year.

Outside of school, Nathan plays tennis and participates in youth group.

After graduation, Nathan plans to attend Lehigh University to study computer science and business.

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Students Of The Month Receive Honor March 22, 2019

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Grandview Will Host Concert March 22, 2019

On Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m., the Manheim Township High School Concert Choir and Troubadours will present a concert at Grandview United Methodist Church, 888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster. The concert will be free of charge and open to the public.

The Concert Choir is a curricular ensemble of 40 to 50 students selected from the school's chorus. The Troubadours are a vocal ensemble comprised of 16 students selected by audition from those in the chorus and Concert Choir. Both ensembles are directed by Mark Wagner, who is in his 32nd year of teaching at the high school.

More information is available by calling 717-394-6887 or visiting www.grandviewumc.org.

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Students Hold Mini-THON March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) students raised $85,766 at its annual Four Diamonds Mini-THON, held from 7 p.m. on March 8 to 7 a.m. on March 9. All proceeds from the 12-hour dance marathon will benefit Four Diamonds, which aims to conquer childhood cancer. The fund originated in Elizabethtown with Chris Millard, who battled childhood cancer while a student at Elizabethtown Area School District in the early 1970s.

Mini-THON is similar to Penn State University's THON in that students are not be permitted to sit down during the event. The EAHS Mini-THON ran for 12 hours and culminated with the unveiling of how much money EAHS raised. This year's theme was "One Small Step for E-town, One Giant Leap for a Cure."

Approximately 350 students were active participants in this year's Mini-THON. Over the past five years, EAHS has raised more than $400,000 for Four Diamonds.

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School District Receives Supplies March 22, 2019

Students in the Elizabethtown Area School District recently benefited from the Teachers Rock campaign of The Cellular Connection (TCC), a local retailer of Verizon Wireless. Through the initiative, the district was presented with 10 boxes of school supplies.

East High Street Elementary School principal Kari Druckenmiller, East High Street Elementary School assistant principal Amy Secor, and East High Street Elementary School second-grade teacher Andrea Styer and her students accepted the supplies on behalf of the district. A variety of items were donated, including glue, pens, pencils, notebook paper, and more. Presenting the items to the district were Ryan Slayton, TCC store manager, and Euronel Silva, TCC team member.

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Students Of The Month Honored March 22, 2019

The Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club has recognized seniors Janna Oyola and Adrian Waplinger as Manheim Township High School Students of the Month for January. The club also recognized Jolie Awad and Liam Rockwell as Manheim Township Middle School Students of the Month for January. The students were recognized for school and community activities, leadership and achievements.

Janna's favorite subjects are English, Spanish and biology. She is a member of Key Club International and the International Baccalaureate Program, as well as president of the Asian Pop Culture Club. Janna received a student leadership award and volunteers at Manheim Township Public Library.

Adrian participates in Interact and Mini-THON and is a member of National Honor Society. His favorite subjects are economics and math, and he is on the first honor roll. Adrian is a varsity letter winner for swimming and Five-Star Swim Club participant.

Jolie's favorite subjects are math and world language. She is involved in vocal ensemble, chorus and orchestra and is a member of the Skyline Sharks Swim Team.

Liam's favorite subjects are math and science. He participates in cross-country and track.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club on New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are always welcome. For more details, readers may visit www.lancastersunriserotaryofpa.com.

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Wolfe Receives Athletic Honor March 22, 2019

Sarah Wolfe, Lancaster, is one eight Lebanon Valley College student-athletes to be named to the Middle Atlantic Conference's 2019 Winter Sportsmanship Teams. Wolfe, a graduate of Manheim Township High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders and is a member of the women's swimming team.

One student-athlete in each winter sport was nominated by his or her coach for inclusion on the team, which recognizes student-athletes who exemplify great character and demonstrate sportsmanship both on and off the field of play. They represent their team, their institution and the conference with high integrity and exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches and opponents.

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Elizabethtown Bowlers Finish Sixth In States March 22, 2019

As the majority of central Pennsylvania high school athletes battle the elements, attempting to squeeze in as much outdoor practice time as possible before the spring season kicks off, there are a few remaining still tackling their winter sport. For Elizabethtown Area High School, those athletes belong to the Lady Bear bowling team, which made the 30-minute trek east to 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata on March 16 to partake in the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships.

Behind the work of Abby Chaffins, Eryn Moore, Alaina Telenko, Hannah Griffie and Elizabeth Vuxta, the Lady Bears claimed sixth place once all the qualifying dust settled from the 12-team field. Elizabethtown's qualifying score of 3,469 put the Lady Bears just over 200 pins outside the four finalists and a mere 14 pins behind fifth-place Burrell.

Chaffins paced the team during the three regular qualifying games, posting scores of 177, 201 and 167 for a 545 series. Moore finished one pin back thanks to her games of 169, 190 and 185. Telenko was the final kegler to crack the 500-pin barrier, finishing with 500 on the nose after games of 189, 169 and 142. Griffie and Vuxta finished within two pins of each other after posting matching 144 scores in their respective opening games. Griffie followed with games of 139 and 140 to collect a 423 series while Vuxta closed out with games of 130 and 147 for a 421 series.

The Lady Bears were unable to change their fortunes once the Baker format games started with their 1,036 tally in the two Baker sets cementing Elizabethtown's sixth-place finish. Elizabethtown started strong with a 214 in the first Baker game, where all five bowlers take turns bowling a frame. The Lady Bears continued their first set push with games of 170 and 195, for a 579 in the first Baker set. The Lady Bears were consistent through the second Baker game, with all three scores coming in within seven pins of each other. Those scores of 156, 152 and 149 gave Elizabethtown a 457 in the second Baker series and a 3,469 final tally.

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Students Support AHA March 22, 2019

Rheems Elementary School recently held its Jump Rope for Heart campaign to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). Through the event, the school raised more than $10,100 for the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The top fundraiser was second-grader Elizabeth Kline, who raised $530. She was followed by first-grader Ryker Caruso and second-grader Nathan Kreisher, who raised $500 and $400, respectively.

The school's biennial fundraiser was held during the students' gym class. In teams of three, students jumped for one minute; exercised for a minute doing stretches, exercises, or dance moves; and then rested for one minute. They continued that rotation during their 45-minute gym class.

For 40 years, the AHA has been partnering with schools to help students improve their own health and raise funds for research to help fight heart disease and stroke. Besides promoting cardiovascular health, the students from Rheems learned about the benefits of physical activity and living a heart-healthy lifestyle, as well as the importance of giving back to the community.

Through the past five Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers, the school has raised more than $50,000 for the AHA. Lori DiRisio, physical education teacher, coordinated the program at Rheems.

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Hostetter Studies Abroad March 22, 2019

Kaylen Hostetter of Annville was among the dozens of students at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, who traveled to Athens, Greece, as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition. The Sophomore Expedition is a guaranteed study-abroad program.

In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students participate in a series of classes to prepare them for the trip. Then they spend eight to 10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities.

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Harris To Compete In State GeoBee March 22, 2019

Michael Harris, an eighth-grader at Palmyra Area Middle School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Pennsylvania State Competition. Michael is the son of Marc and Sheila Harris.

The state contest will be held at the State Museum in Harrisburg on Friday, March 29. State champions will receive a medal, cash and other prizes, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship. Students who place second and third at the state level will receive cash awards.

The National Championship will be held at National Geographic Society headquarters on Sunday, May 19, through Wednesday, May 22. Students will compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In addition, the champion will receive a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Readers may visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.

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Students Place In STEM Competition March 22, 2019

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teams from George A. Smith Middle School and Swift Middle School registered top finishes in the 2018-19 STEM Student Competition.

The STEM Competition involved identifying and creating a STEM solution for students' communities, such as something that affects their neighborhood, housing development, municipality, or township, like an issue with infrastructure. Each team had to create an innovation and build a model of it. They then had to create a video demonstrating their prototype and explaining how STEM and the Engineering-Design Process were incorporated into the project.

Members of a team from George A. Smith Middle School included Holly Grube, Graydon Schlagnhaufer, Droc Jones, and Jacob Trimble. They placed second in the seventh- to ninth-grade division. Each team member was to receive a gift card and a certificate from the IU 13.

The Smith team's innovation, called Cradle Floor T-20, was designed to help lessen the impact of injuries that elderly people may sustain in falls.

Swift Middle School's team of Brianna Dale, Ben Williams, Owen Underwood, and Brady Janssen placed third in the seventh- to ninth-grade division. They were each slated to receive a gift card and a certificate from the IU 13.

The Swift team came up with The Accident Eliminator, a sensor-and-light system for stop lights or stop signs designed to prevent vehicles from entering a blind intersection when a car is approaching.

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