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Garden Spot Announces Homecoming Court September 17, 2018


Marching Band Members Perform Service September 14, 2018

The Manheim Township High School marching band participated in the United Way of Lancaster County's annual Day of Caring on Sept. 8. The work was completed as part of the 2018 United Way Day of Caring.

This year, a total of 150 students, staff and adult volunteers traveled to the Wittell Farm in Elizabethtown to pick sweet corn.

Dr. Robin Felty, Manheim Township School District superintendent, thanked the students for their efforts and for giving back to the community. After receiving additional thanks and instructions from Scott Siegel, Manheim Township band director, and pastor Matt Lenahan, Hunger Free Lancaster County board member and the manager of the Wittell Farm Growing Project, the volunteers took to the fields for three hours, picking the corn and collecting it in large bins.

Student and adult volunteers could be seen through the field picking corn and loading it into bins while talking, laughing and singing. The group's work wrapped up by 11:30 a.m. with 8,800 pounds picked. Kevin Ditzler, the United Way of Lancaster County's vice president of development, thanked the band for its participation. The Manheim Township marching band has participated in the United Way Day of Caring for the past four years.

For more information on the Manheim Township marching band and the Manheim Township Marching Band Boosters, readers may visit


Rotary Club Honors Seniors Of The Month September 14, 2018

The Rotary Club of Manheim recognized Carson Brenize and Brittany Benner as the Manheim Central High School Seniors of the Month for September.

Carson is the son of Rob and Deb Brenize of Manheim. Brittany is the daughter of Loren and Amy Benner of Mount Joy.

The students were chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character and involvement within the school and community.


Students Conduct Research September 14, 2018

This summer, more than 400 University of Delaware undergraduate students worked on a range of research projects in disciplines all across the university as well as in the community.

Over the past 10 weeks, the students have collaborated with their faculty mentors and, in many cases, with other undergraduates and graduate students to learn how original research takes place and to create new knowledge themselves.

Local students include Allison Michalowski of Hummelstown and Laurel Schappell of Lititz.


Reasons To Celebrate September 14, 2018

MTEF Marks 25 Years, $1 Million Given In Grants

Manheim Township Education Foundation (MTEF) board member Hannah Bartges remembers the founding of the organization 25 years ago. "Sharon Nelson, (then) superintendent of Manheim Township School District (MTSD), charged ... a group of people to organize the foundation," recalled Bartges.

In 2018, MTEF gave away its millionth dollar in grants. The event just happened to coincide with the foundation's silver anniversary. "They just fell at the same time," noted MTEF executive director Jenny Germann, who added that the organization is observing the anniversary in a number of ways. "One of the ways we are celebrating our birthday is by highlighting something each month," said Germann. In July, Bartges hosted a birthday party for the board, but that was only the beginning of the celebratory events. "We will do presentations at the school board meeting," said Germann, who is quizzing board members about why they joined the organization for MTEF publications. "We will choose 25 favorite grants and will talk about what made them great and the impact on the district and students. As we close our birthday year, we will think about how we will move forward with the most actionable steps to take us into the next 25 years." Additional activities will include birthday cake celebrations at MTSD schools.

Bartges recalled how MTEF was funded by food management services and a day care program that channeled profits into the foundation to become grant money. Eventually, the day care program became a separate entity, and the food services program dissolved. "At that point, the foundation reinvented itself between 2005 and 2010," said Bartges, who added that the original mission was to provide seed money to teachers who wanted to do innovative programs in their classrooms. "(In the early days), the highest grant was $1,000," said Bartges, who noted that teachers often used the funds to purchase materials for a curriculum. "I did a gardening program here for several years, and funds came through the foundation," she shared.

Eventually, the needs of the district became greater than $1,000 grants could fund. "There were broad-spectrum needs beyond what the teachers were asking for," said Bartges. "With help from (Germann), we are now giving $32,000 grants."

MTEF's largest grant to date has been $64,000 for the mobile learning initiative that provided tablet-type devices to all the students in the district. "(MTEF) was asked to put (brand-name) televisions, which work directly with the (devices) in every learning environment and classroom in the district," explained Germann. A grant for $25,000 covered STEAM labs in three elementary schools. Other grants have included virtual exploration kits for middle school libraries that will take students to other lands, allow them to climb Mount Everest, and explore the inner workings of the human body. A grant to put special devices in the hands of elementary music teachers will help children with verbal or physical disabilities to participate in music classes, and another grant will maximize the use of devices in physical science classes to help students collect and interpret data.

Looking back, Bartges noted that the work of MTEF has grown exponentially over the quarter-century it has existed. "We began as a reactive board," she noted. "Now, we are proactive and working with the district to help meet goals." Although the way the board functions has changed, Bartges noted that the mission has not. "We have always been here to enrich the education of our children, but the way we are doing that has certainly been enriched itself," she said, adding, "We are so grateful for the support we've had from businesses and organizations in the community."

Readers who wish to learn more about the foundation may visit Readers who have questions may email or call 717-735-1751.


Foundation Awards Academic Grants September 14, 2018

The Solanco Education Foundation (SEF) has awarded 11 academic venture grants totaling more than $5,000 that will enable teachers and educators to provide new educational programs and tools for students in Solanco schools. The SEF announced the availability of the grants in January, and applications were reviewed by the foundation's Academic Venture Grant Committee.

Solanco High School science teachers Leslie McRobbie and Caley Roark received funding for tech bundles to support AP Capstone students. Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar and AP Research students are required to present and orally defend their work as part of their AP score, and this must be recorded for the AP College Board. The technology bundles include multiple pieces of equipment that will enable AP Capstone students to create professional presentations.

High school technology education teachers Todd Brown and Mike Minchhoff received a grant for the Penn State University and U.S. Navy Seal STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Competition. The grant will purchase computers, programming units, power supplies, and other materials students need to participate in the annual Sea, Air, and Land High School STEM Challenge coordinated by Penn State University and the U.S. Navy.

High school family consumer science teacher Christine Sawicki received funding to provide students in the family consumer science class with food chemistry and nutrition lab investigation kits and workbooks. Students will use them to analyze food content and explore how food affects the human body and provides nourishment. The purpose of this STEM activity is to help students develop stronger math and science skills.

George A. Smith Middle School learning support teacher Allyson Pruskowski received a grant that will purchase two "Up" stools that will enable students to work while twisting and turning in their seats. The stools will especially benefit students who need support pertaining to attention and focus.

Clermont Elementary School kindergarten teacher Ashlee Kreider received funding for a classroom carpet that will provide kindergarten students with their own comfortable space each morning to learn new sight words, work in small groups during tier time, and learn addition and subtraction.

Quarryville Elementary School learning support teacher Marisa Sponhouse received a grant to purchase stools for students with attention and focus needs. The stools will provide sensory stimulation and movement, which may increase the students' focus, time on task, and completion of independent work.

Quarryville Elementary reading teacher Jessica Misel received funding to provide balance balls and scoop rockers that enable students to safely move in their seats while learning, increasing their comfort and their ability to better focus.

Quarryville Elementary speech therapist Kayla Resh received a grant to provide access to the SLPnow website that features literacy-themed lessons and an organizational tool to track student progress.

Quarryville Elementary kindergarten teacher Emily Miller received funding to purchase kits that provide students with STEM activities in order to improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Providence Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Lindsey Orr received a grant that will provide an educational robotic kit that enables students to create and build robots through fifth-grade curriculum aligned to science, technology, and math standards.

Providence Elementary kindergarten teacher Elise Graybill received funding to purchase blocks, magna tiles, Legos, an easel, a puppet theater, and puppets that will engage students in hands-on engagement opportunities when they arrive to class and during indoor recess.


Logos Academy Opens Affiliate September 13, 2018

Logos Academy has announced a formal affiliation with New City School in Harrisburg. New City School will officially operate its kindergarten and future kindergarten through 12th-grade program as Logos Academy Harrisburg. Logos Academy Harrisburg will begin with one kindergarten class and will add an additional class each year, expanding the number of students to be served in Harrisburg.

Founded in 1998, Logos Academy, an independent school accredited by the Middle States Association, serves a diverse group of students from 12 different school districts. Logos Academy is funded primarily by donors who provide scholarships to students. New City School shares Logos Academy's vision to develop students of intelligence and character.


Volunteers Sought For JA Event September 13, 2018

Manheim Central High School is seeking volunteers for an event at the high school, 400 Adele Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Junior Achievement (JA) of South Central PA will offer its REAL Life program, and all 260 students in 11th grade will participate in daylong activities related to financial literacy.

Volunteers will facilitate one of the activities during the day. JA will provide all the training the morning of the event, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer, email For more information, contact Allison Kierce, vice president of volunteer engagement, at


Special Education Services Survey Posted September 13, 2018

Solanco School District has announced that a survey focused on special education services is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education. The survey is an important part of a special education audit of school districts that the state performs every six years. Students who receive special education services from the Solanco School District and parents of students who receive these services from Solanco are encouraged to complete the survey.

The survey is available by visiting and clicking on the featured article referencing the survey on the homepage. Links to the parent and student surveys, as well as an informative letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will be available on the site. The state asks that surveys be completed by Friday, Oct. 26.

For more information, readers may contact Carole Clancy, Solanco's director of pupil services, at or 717-786-5613.


Local Student To Perform In National Production September 13, 2018

Eighth-grader Seth Erdley played the title role of Oliver Twist in the production of "Oliver!" at Northeastern Middle School in February. Seth is now in New York City rehearsing for his role as one of the brothers in the national tour of "Finding Neverland," which is the tale behind the creation of the story of "Peter Pan."

Local residents may see Seth in the 2018-19 tour when it opens on Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 2 to 7, at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey. Northeastern High School Dramatics recommends that students and staff attend the show on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., as this is the Family Night on Broadway showing with special entertainment prior to the show and reduced rates for tickets, which are limited. Attendees will travel independently, but car pooling is being arranged. Also, assistance will be offered to students with financial difficulty to offset the ticket price.

Tickets are available at

Additionally, readers may follow Seth's adventures at the Instagram handle @seth_in_neverland. To view the show's official program, readers may visit


Community Invited To Help Create Mural September 13, 2018

Hempfield High School's artist-in-residence, Kevin Leman, and Hempfield High School ceramics teacher Kelly Gallagher will host an Art Community Night on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will take place in room 197 at Hempfield High School, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville. Participants will have the opportunity to roll out clay slabs and make tiles for the second library mosaic mural. All are welcome. The first mosaic was completed this past summer.

For more information, readers may email Gallagher at


LCCTC Receives Mini Excavator September 13, 2018


School Plans Day Of Service September 12, 2018

Solanco High School is seeking individuals or organizations that would benefit from services provided on the second annual Solanco High School Day of Service on Thursday, Nov. 8. Solanco students and staff members will aim to improve their community by completing a variety of service projects across the county during the all-school event. To request services or to help provide services or contribute in another way, readers may contact Chris Rachor at Solanco High School at 717-786-2151, ext. 8807.

In 2017, a total of nearly 900 students and staff members were involved in more than 40 activities, including cleaning, painting, planting, building, and crafting. Some of the participants performed maintenance at Black Rock Retreat, assisted at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community and the food bank, planted trees in Lancaster, and cleaned up yards for seniors citizens in Solanco.


Field Hockey Team Sets ALS Game September 12, 2018

The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) field hockey team will hold its third annual ALS game on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the L-S stadium, located on Book Road. The junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. The players and their opponents from Garden Spot will wear special warm-up shirts.

Proceeds will go to the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia chapter in memory of Karen Delaney Shideleff, who passed away in January 2017 at age 44 after a five-year battle with ALS. She was the aunt of L-S goalkeeper Delaney McCormick.

In the ALS game's first two years, L-S and its opponents, Solanco in 2016 and Cocalico in 2017, have raised a total of approximately $1,300.


Designer Purse Bingo and Basket Giveaway Drawing Event September 12, 2018

The Hempfield girls' volleyball team will host a designer purse bingo and basket giveaway drawing event on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The admission fee includes six bingo cards to play in 20 games of bingo. The prizes will be designer purses. Four extra games will be available for a fee per ticket. The extra games will feature high-value prizes.

In the basket giveaway drawing, attendees may win a variety of items, including restaurant gift certificates, hunting and fishing baskets, sports items and entertainment tickets for venues throughout central Pennsylvania. A full concession area will be provided as well.

Seating is limited to the first 500 tickets sold. To guarantee a seat, readers may purchase tickets in advance by contacting Crystal Gruber, the event chair, at or 717-940-7492. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door until they are sold out.

Community members may also donate purses or give money toward the purchase of purses for auction in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer. For more information, readers may contact Gruber.


School Dedicates Water Bottle Filling Stations September 12, 2018

Southern Middle School recently dedicated several water bottle filling stations throughout the school building to help reduce waste from disposable water bottles. The Southern Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) donated one station through a fundraising effort, and two Southern Middle School students donated three stations. Students Abigail Foster and Madeline Gajewski organized their water bottle filler project through their Girl Scout troop and approached Shrewsbury Masonic Lodge 423 for assistance with the donations.

Altogether, the fillers have helped eliminate waste from more than 7,800 disposable water bottles since their installation.


SYCSD Educators Will Receive Awards September 12, 2018

Two educators from Southern York County School District (SYCSD) are recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2018-19, sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council. Susquehannock High School art teacher Wade Bowers and Friendship Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Katie Lhotsky will be honored with the award at a luncheon at Shippensburg University in November.

Bowers has been teaching in Southern York County School District for 14 years. He started teaching fine arts at Susquehannock High School before taking over the visual communications program. He received his bachelor's degree from York College in graphic design with minors in fine arts, art history, and photography. Bowers completed his master's degree in art education from Messiah College.

Lhotsky recently began her 11th year at Friendship Elementary School as a sixth-grade teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Chester University with a minor in literacy. She earned her master's degree in curriculum and teaching from Northcentral University.


Simpson Travels To Costa Rica September 12, 2018

Danielle Simpson of New Freedom was one of 17 Widener University freshmen who recently completed a study abroad experience in Costa Rica. The group traveled from Aug. 12 to 19, arriving back in Pennsylvania two days before Widener freshman move-in day on Aug. 21. The immersion experience was part of the students' enrollment in the freshmen seminar Sustainability and Cultural Competence and was led by biology professors Itzick Vatnick and Bruce Grant and associate professor of nursing Normajean Colby.

While in Costa Rica, the group stayed at CARES 21, a property owned by Widener University. The students visited a dairy farm, a coffee roaster, a Costa Rican university, and tourism sites like the volcano Irazu and the La Paz Waterfalls Gardens Park. They also spent time discussing strategies for succeeding in college and began developing bonds with their new university peers.

Simpson attended Susquehannock High School and is pursuing a degree in nursing.


College Posts Cultural Events September 12, 2018

Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Grantham, has scheduled its 2018-19 cultural season events. The programs will take place in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts.

Engage the arts and humanities through a special yearlong series of lectures, concerts, and theatrical and dance productions featuring Messiah's talented student and faculty performers, as well as distinguished guest lecturers and visiting performing artists.

Thomas Friedman will present "The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology and Geopolitics" on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Friedman is a New York Times foreign affairs columnist and the author of "The World is Flat."

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be performed at select times from Thursday to Sunday, Nov. 8 to 11, and Friday to Sunday, Nov. 16 to 18.

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at 7 p.m. Terell Stafford, artistic director and world-renowned trumpet player, and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) will present a concert celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Joining JOP will be Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers, and Messiah College's gospel choir, United Voices of Praise.

Marian Wright Edelman will present "Towards the Common Good: Ending Child Poverty in America" on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life.

To view the full list of events in this year's cultural season, readers may visit


Local Student Earns White Coat September 12, 2018

First-year doctor of medicine (MD) students received the first symbol of their new profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) held its 10th annual white coat ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Aug. 3 in Scranton.

Terrence Habiyaremye of Hummelstown was among the students who received a white coat.

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