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Students To Learn About Police Animals October 20, 2017

Students at Resurrection Catholic School will host the Lancaster Police Department's K-9 team and mounted unit on Wednesday, Oct. 18, so students may learn more about how dogs and horses work with police on the job. Police Sgt. Michael Gerace will give a presentation on dog obedience in the school gym at 8:30 a.m. Mounted police will arrive later for all students to visit.

Students are raising money in October to donate to community organizations that use animals to help others. The school began the fundraiser because the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, falls in October.

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Veritas Posts Art Invitational October 19, 2017

The public is invited to view and bid on original fine artwork currently on display at Veritas Academy, 26 Hillcrest Ave., Leola, as part of the school's second annual Art Invitational.

Titled "Art For the Great Books: The Medieval World," the invitational features six specially commissioned art pieces, each drawing inspiration from one of the "Great Books" of the Middle Ages, which Veritas students read as part of their cornerstone Omnibus courses.

All six pieces debuted at the Square Halo Gallery during Lancaster's First Friday event on Sept. 1, and each piece was judged by a committee based on how it fits the criteria of the Art Invitational and what will best serve the student body.

The winning piece, "The Reformation (Wittenberg) Altarpiece," was unveiled at Veritas Academy's Back to School Night on Sept. 21. This mixed-media work on canvas was created by artist Sandra Bowden.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As the winner of this year's Invitational, the winning piece will remain at Veritas as part of the school's permanent art collection.

Each of the other five art pieces are currently up for bids via a silent online auction. They include "Attraversare l'Acherone (Crossing Acherone)," oil on canvas by Allison Luce; "The Gates of Hell," archival pigment on canvas by Katy Hettinga; "I Need a Hero," acrylic on canvas by Ned Bustard; "The Nun's Priest's Tale: 'Homeland Security,'" oil and acrylic on canvas by Chris Anderson; and "The Green Knight," oil on canvas by Katie Joy Nellis.

Bustard is also administrator of the Invitational. Each year, the Invitational features artwork based on the Great Books of a different time period, as they are studied in the school's Omnibus classes.

To view photos of the artwork or place a bid, readers may visit www.BiddingOwl.com/VeritasAcademy. Interested bidders may also visit Veritas Academy during school hours to view the original pieces. Bidders may choose to purchase the artwork themselves or join together to bid for the piece to stay at the school. If the minimum is not reached, the artwork will return to the artist. All proceeds over the minimum bids will be shared between the artists and the school. The online auction will end on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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Students Promote Peace October 19, 2017

Lancaster Mennonite School observed the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21.

On that date, Lancaster Mennonite Middle School students practiced peace in action, festooning the hallways with positive notes, listening to and sharing stories of peacemaking throughout history, and folding paper cranes as symbols of peace.

Origami cranes became a symbol of peace through the story of WWII atomic bomb survivor Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who tried to fold 1,000 paper cranes in order to be granted one wish: to survive the effects of radiation. She was only able to fold 644 before she died. Her classmates created 356 more cranes so that she was buried surrounded by 1,000 cranes. Her story has inspired people around the world to fold and display origami cranes as a symbol of peace.

In preparation for the International Day of Peace, Locust Grove campus middle school students spent chapel time reflecting on a prayer for peace and then made flags featuring their prayers for the world. The flags were hung outside in front of the school.

New Danville campus first-graders participated in Pinwheels for Peace, a worldwide art installation project that promotes peace and nonviolence. The students drew pictures of ways to demonstrate peace to those around them and to the world. Their pictures were then transformed into pinwheels.

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Mohler Named National Merit Semifinalist October 19, 2017

Lancaster County Christian School senior Emma Mohler has been named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2018. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Emma joins approximately 16,000 students nationwide who have been recognized in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for the approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth a total of more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

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Students Create Garden Art October 18, 2017

Prekindergarten through sixth-grade students of St. Joseph School in York recently enhanced the school with garden art. The project was inspired by the children's book "Only One You" by Linda Kranz, which emphasizes that each person is unique.

Through the project, coordinated by teacher Anne Smith and Director of Development Lisa Lindeman, every student was encouraged to paint a rock in his or her own style. The rocks have been used to create a walkway of student artwork between the beds of the school garden.

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Student Named Semifinalist In Competition October 18, 2017

Melanie Uroda, a May graduate of Saint Theresa School in New Cumberland, has become one of the 300 semifinalists in the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science and the Public. According to science teacher Michelle Banks, there were approximately 2,500 applicants for the Broadcom MASTERS Competition. They were judged on creativity and originality of their science fair projects, their ability to engage in analysis of data, and their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles as they relate to the real world. Melanie's science project was titled "Lighter Can be Mightier."

Banks said Melanie is the first Saint Theresa School student of hers to be a semifinalist in the Broadcom MASTERS Competition.

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Fourth-Graders Solve Breakout Box October 12, 2017

Fourth-grade students at St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey recently had the opportunity to complete a Breakout session.

Students solved partner and group puzzles to gain several digit, directional or letter codes to unlock multiple locks on the Breakout box. Students worked together to unlock all eight locks in 45 minutes. Through teamwork, they successfully unlocked the box with nearly nine minutes to spare.

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School Names Alumni Of The Year October 11, 2017

Lancaster Mennonite School has named Karl D. Stoltzfus Sr., Class of 1958; Barbara Beiler Stoltzfus, Class of 1959; and Keegan Rosenberry, Class of 2012, as the 2017 Alumni of the Year.

Karl has more than 50 years of experience in the aviation industry. He began his aviation career as a partner in his father's aviation company, Chris D. Stoltzfus and Associates of Coatesville. During this time, he was responsible for aerial spray programs to control gypsy moths in North America and was instrumental in designing, building and installing various spray systems for the aircraft.

In 1967, Karl and his twin brother, Ken, left their father's business to attend Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., where they began K&K Aircraft to help cover school expenses.

K&K Aircraft expanded operations and in 1997 became Dynamic Aviation, where Karl serves as founder and chairman.

In 2015, Dynamic Aviation purchased the historic Columbine II, the first Air Force One. Stoltzfus leads the multi-year venture to restore the aircraft to presidential configuration for teaching future generations.

Karl holds a commercial pilot's license, a multi-engine rating, instrument rating and a DC-3 type rating. He has more than 6,000 hours total time as pilot-in-command in multiple aircraft operations throughout the U.S. In the early 1960s, he flew a Cessna 180 on floats and skis for a missionary organization in northwestern Ontario for approximately one year, and he has a passion for using aircraft to aid missionary organizations.

Karl has served on the boards of various organizations and has won numerous awards.

Barbara has been by Karl's side through these endeavors and has been involved with Dynamic Aviation as office manager, vice president of finance, chief financial officer and vice president of human resources.

As a young Amish girl in Honey Brook, Barbara determined that she was going to break Amish tradition and seek education beyond eighth grade. Eventually, her family left the Amish community and moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

After Barbara attended public school until ninth grade in Maryland, her parents felt that, if she wanted to get a high school diploma, it ought to be at Lancaster Mennonite School. Consequently, Barbara was enrolled there as a five-day dormitory student. Karl was one of her fellow students. At Lancaster Mennonite, Barbara was the class treasurer.

After graduating, Barbara worked in a shoe store to put herself through the Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Milford, Del., from which she graduated in 1963. The same year, she and Karl were married, and she worked at Coatesville Hospital until her first child was born.

In 1967, Barbara accompanied Karl to Harrisonburg, where she worked at night as a nurse while he attended Eastern Mennonite College. When they bought the Bridgewater airport and Karl was starting his aviation business, Barbara took accounting and business courses so she could help with the fledgling enterprise.

Karl and Barbara both have made a significant impact through their service and philanthropy. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren, and they are active members of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

Rosenberry played his four years of high school soccer at Lancaster Mennonite High School between 2008 and 2012. While there, he was on teams that won district titles, as well as a state title during his senior year.

Rosenberry then played four years of Division I college soccer at Georgetown University from 2012 to 2015, making 90 appearances and scoring four goals. While at college, Rosenberry also played for Reading United AC in 2014 and 2015.

On Jan. 11, 2016, Rosenberry was selected third overall in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union. He made his Union debut on March 6, 2016. In the home opener, he was nominated for Man of the Match, and he was selected to the MLS Team of the Week. In July 2016, he was also voted into the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, and at the end of the season, he ranked second in voting for 2016 Rookie of the Year. On Jan. 6, 2017 after a strong rookie season, Rosenberry was called into a camp for the United States national team by coach Bruce Arena. Rosenberry won the MLS Fair Play Award in 2016.

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Scout Pack Enjoys Campfire October 11, 2017

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Student Artwork Recognized October 11, 2017

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School Celebrates Feast Day October 11, 2017

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Students Collect Gift Cards For Hurricane Victims October 10, 2017

Youngsters who attend the Brandywine School of Early Learning (BSEL) in Thorndale are currently collecting gift cards to support those who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey. Gift card donations, which will be collected through Friday, Oct. 13, will go Carleston Elementary School, located in Pearland, Texas.

Each year, BSEL students take part in a community service project. The idea to help the hurricane victims came from Andrea Hamm, BSEL music teacher, who is from the South and has siblings who live in the Houston area.

Hamm reported that while her family members did not suffer major damage to their homes, she did learn about the hardships endured by students and staff members at Carleston Elementary, which is composed of 800 students in prekindergarten through grade four.

"Sixty families and six faculty members lost their homes and belongings," Hamm reported. "These homes were not in flood zone areas, so (the families) did not have flood insurance, so it all has to come out of pocket."

Hamm spoke with Faith Flowers, the guidance counselor at Carleston Elementary, who suggested that gift cards to home improvement stores are needed to help the families to purchase building materials. Gift cards are also needed for department stores that sell household necessities. "Their grocery stores are different from ours, so we are looking for (cards) to stores that are more universal," Hamm noted, suggesting cards from national discount retailers and home improvement stores as options.

The gift card donations, along with greeting cards handmade by BSEL students, will mailed to the school in Texas at the end of October. Those who would like to donate gift cards may contact the school at 610-383-9161 or drop off donations on Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Oct. 13.

Last year for the annual service project, BSEL students collected snacks during Random Acts of Kindness Week, which they sent to a troop of servicemen and women in Afghanistan. Close to 200 items, including crackers, microwave popcorn, trail mix and cookies, were delivered to the troop, along with homemade thank you cards.

"This year we thought it would be nice to do something school-to-school," said Jen Elmore, BSEL director.

In addition to the main service project, BSEL raises funds for other causes. In the past, the students have donated to the Lord's Pantry in Downingtown and the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund, among others.

The Brandywine School of Early Learning, a nonprofit organization, is located at Thorndale United Methodist Church, 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale. It offers toddler time, a playgroup for children age 2 and a half, a 3's class, a Young 4's class and prekindergarten. While at school, the children enjoy circle time, play time, music, art, yoga and other activities.

For more information, readers may visit www.brandywineschool.org.

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Windsor Christian Academy Dedicates New Middle School Building October 5, 2017

Windsor Christian Academy (WCA), a ministry of Windsor Baptist Church in Eagle, recently celebrated the opening of a new building on campus that will house middle school students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

The building was formerly rented out by the church and most recently served as an art studio. "It was vacant for a year while we renovated and refurbished it," said WCA principal Susan Null. "We took everything out to the cement walls. We replaced HVAC and plumbing, and it has all new drywall and bathrooms."

The building now includes four classrooms for the middle school students, who, for the past four years, were housed at nearby Fairview Presbyterian Church in Glenmoore. "We were using classrooms in the basement and their cafeteria and their yard for recess," explained Null. "(The church was) very nice to host us, and they were very hospitable and welcoming."

Spirit Day, which included a dedication ceremony for the new building, was held on Sept. 30. The day began with landscaping and cleanup. "We had 50 to 60 volunteers to help clean up the campus and paint the signs and doors," Null said.

Later in the day, the Rev. Paul Chaya, senior pastor at Windsor Baptist Church, and the Rev. Ben O'Toole, the church's associate pastor of Christian Education, joined Null for a ribbon-cutting to officially open the building. Null commented on the hard work of volunteers, architects and contractors who worked on the project. After the ribbon-cutting, attendees enjoyed water ice and pretzels, and there were games and face painting for the students.

In addition to the new building, WCA currently consists of classrooms housed in the church facility as well as two modular units on campus. All 226 students, in kindergarten through grade eight, meet on Tuesdays for chapel at 8:45 a.m.

While students learn the fundamental subjects, including science, math, reading, writing and languages, there is an emphasis on Christian education. "(WCA) is a classical model of a Christian school," said Null. "Truly, Christ is the cornerstone of Windsor Christian Academy."

WCA students also take part in community service projects. The school's gleaning garden yields 500 to 600 pounds of fresh produce each season, which is given to the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB). Most recently, WCA donated hundreds of pounds of snack food to the CCFB, which was delivered via school bus.

"We had a food drive for back-to-school snacks - things to put in kids' lunch boxes. We had a competition to see which grade could bring in the most pounds of food. They will get a dress-down day as a reward," Null said, noting that a representative from the CCFB spoke during chapel prior to the food drive. "She explained to the students that there are kids to who go to school hungry," Null added.

Windsor Christian Academy is located at 213 Little Conestoga Road in the village of Eagle. The school serves students in the Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester, Owen J. Roberts, Twin Valley, Phoenixville and Great Valley school districts. The church building is also home to Windsor Christian Preschool.

For more information or to arrange a tour of the WCA, readers may call 610-458-7177 or email office@windsorca.org. More information about the school is available at www.windsorca.org and www.facebook.com/windsorchristian.

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School Plans Open House October 4, 2017

Sacred Heart of Jesus School, 235 Nevin St., Lancaster, will host an open house on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, readers may call 717-393-8433.

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School Plans Open House October 4, 2017

York Catholic High School, 601 E. Springettsbury Ave., York, invites the public to its fall open house, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 2 p.m.

Prospective students and their families are welcome to tour the school; talk with faculty, staff, and students; and learn more about York Catholic's academic programs for students in grades seven through 12.

To learn more, readers may contact Heather Hoffman, director of admissions and enrollment, at 717-846-8871, ext. 220.

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LMH Students Qualify For County Chorus October 4, 2017

Thirteen Lancaster Mennonite High (LMH) School students qualified for County Chorus this year. Last year, 14 students qualified, reflecting a trend of double-digit representation of LMH students in County Chorus.

The following students will attend: Jerilyn Lapp and Olivia Kim, Soprano 1; Bethany Bronkema, Soprano 2; Willa Beidler, Alto 1; Kate Kindelberger, Ellie Stillman, and Sydney Esch, Alto 2; Joseph Jing, Harley Foster, Javon Thomas, and Noah Schnabel, Tenor 1; and Sangbin Lee and Ben Greenleaf, Tenor 2.

Lancaster County music teachers served as judges to select the top 200 singers, the top 25 students for each vocal part. Judges evaluated students' pitch and rhythm accuracy, tone production and overall musicianship.

All the qualifying LMH students are members of the school's select vocal group, the Campus Chorale, under the direction of Marcella Hostetler. Hostetler also teaches sight-reading to the high school choir, a non-auditioned group in which most Campus Chorale members get their start before auditioning for Campus Chorale as juniors and seniors.

Hostetler was available every day before and after school to help prepare students for the County Chorus auditions, and many students took advantage of the extra help.

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School Plans Lectures September 28, 2017

Susquehanna Waldorf School, 15 W. Walnut St., Marietta, will host parent enrichment lectures on Friday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Both events are free and are open to the public.

The presenter will be Kim John Payne, author of "Simplicity Parenting" and "The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance - From Toddlers to Teens."

He will present information from "The Soul of Discipline," which lays out a plan to support parents in establishing loving, age-sensitive boundaries that help children feel safe and settled. Topics of the presentation will include how to use discipline strategies that may help deepen one's connection with his or her child, understanding the three phases of discipline, how to stop a child from interrupting, how to deal with digital distractions, and what to do when a child is having a meltdown.

For 27 years, Payne has worked throughout the world as a counselor, consultant/researcher and educator of children and adults. He regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents and therapists, and presents workshops and training programs around the world. He holds a Master of Education and is on the faculty at Antioch University New England.

For further information or to make reservations, readers may visit www.swskimjohnpayne.eventbrite.com or call 717-426-4506.

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School Welcomes Bishop Gainer September 28, 2017

The faculty and students of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) School welcomed Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg to OMPH School on Sept. 14. Gainer celebrated the 9 a.m. Mass in honor of the 60th anniversary of OMPH School. While in Ephrata, Gainer visited with the students in their classrooms and ate lunch in the cafeteria.

OMPH School welcomes children from local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. OMPH 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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School Plans Lecture Series September 28, 2017

Dayspring Christian Academy, 120 College Ave., Mountville, will host a four-week Remember America Lecture Series titled "From Creation to the Constitution" from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 3 to 24. The educational program is part of the school's Remember America initiative. "From Creation to the Constitution" will seek to reveal God's lessons on liberty that are sown through history.

During the first session on Oct. 3, Dayspring headmaster and founder Dr. Mike Myers will speak about the overarching idea of the Principle Approach, which underscores the Founding Fathers' understanding of the role and power of education. Myers will identify the four R's of biblical reasoning and explain how the biblical worldview can be restored in the present day.

The second session, on Oct. 10, will focus on creation as told in Genesis. Dayspring's lead science teacher, Randy Gehman, will speak about the significance of Genesis and answer common questions about the book. Gehman annually leads students on field studies and summer study groups to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Creation Museum, and Ark Encounter.

On Oct. 17, Mary Stauffer, an expert on the Pilgrims, will present "The Pilgrims: Lessons on Self-Government." Stauffer will speak about the principles of liberty and government that led to success and growth in the New World and, ultimately, to the establishment of the U.S. Stauffer has led numerous field studies in Plymouth, Mass., and studied the journals of William Bradford and Edward Winslow, which record the Pilgrims' history and beliefs.

During the final session, on Oct. 24, Dan Stone, Dayspring's Upper School principal, will speak about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other documents, connecting them to the biblical context and Christian principles. Stone has led numerous field studies to Boston, Plymouth, and Washington, D.C. He has taught history at Dayspring for many years.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-285-2000. Guests may register for as many weeks as desired. Information is also available at www.dayspringchristian.com.

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School Raises Funds For Hurricane Relief September 26, 2017

Students, teachers and staff of Saint Theresa School took a day off from wearing school uniforms on Sept. 5 and held a Dress Out of Uniform Day to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief. Students were asked to bring in monetary donations of a minimum amount or more, and the school raised $1,467. A second collection was set to take place on Sept. 26 to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief.

Additionally, some Saint Theresa School students set up a lemonade and baked goods stand to raise more funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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