What 28 Kids Did This Summer

Campers and counselors flocked around Camp Phoenix director Kathryn Redd (center, no swimsuit) on their final visit of the summer to Swarthmore Swim Club.

Wherever they are, caring parents want their kids to have fun and make memories during the summer, just as they seek opportunities for their kids to challenge themselves and continue developing their minds. For the families of 28 children aged 5½ to 12 who live in and near Chester, Camp Phoenix has helped realize those hopes.

Headquarters for the camp is Chester Eastside Inc.’s venerable (but air conditioned!) stone building at 9th and Madison Streets, shared with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Reverend Zuline Wilkinson is both executive director of Chester Eastside and host of Camp Phoenix (“soaring to new horizons”) which though newly named, has been in operation for many years as Chester Eastside Summer Enrichment.

“These children are here for classes, skills workshops, socialization, and fun in a full day program,” Reverend Z says. Each child takes each class in an age cohort; each group has two counselors and a volunteer to assist teachers and campers. It’s a substantial staff, and well qualified. Longtime Chester-Upland teacher Kathryn Redd is camp director. With a bachelor’s degree in textiles and 16 credits towards a Master’s in Education, she said, “I came here as the art teacher, and I have been director for 12 years.”

Counselor and camp alumna Shod’Deah Kelly helps teacher Calvin Laws focus math students Kalese, Marieliz, Brianna, and Sydney.

The faculty includes other accomplished educators like Ms. Redd. Lincoln University professor Dr. Patricia West teaches reading. Dr. Barbara Ley of the University of Delaware teaches a weekly yoga course. Veteran math teacher Calvin Laws presides over math bingo and other brain games. Artist Desire Grover also teaches children and adults at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, and dance instruction is by teachers from Christina Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington. “We do emphasize culture and art, and I’d love to get a musician in,” Ms. Redd said, suggesting that prospective volunteers for next year should get in touch with her through Chester Eastside.

It’s summer, and recreation is on the schedule, too. The campers visit the Boys and Girls Club gym in Chester on Tuesdays, and splash and swim at the Swarthmore Swim Club on Wednesday mornings.

Ms. Redd said that students who age out at 12 and volunteer for two years can then apply to return as paid junior counselors. “Then, if they are enrolled in a post-secondary school they can be student counselors.” Among camp and Chester Eastside after school program alumni working as counselors at Camp Phoenix this year are Edward Nelson, now an undergraduate at Morehouse College, and Shod’Deah Kelly, a sports management major at Keystone College. Lessons from Chester Eastside and the camp prove helpful in adulthood, they said.

Counselor Edward Nelson works with reading students Storm and Rakeem.

Edward said, “For me, it’s time management skills. I always think of Ms. Redd saying ‘You’ve got to get your work done before you can play.’ In college there are a lot of parties and other temptations, but my approach is still focused.”

Shod’Deah credits the camp with helping her relate to others, even in adverse conditions. “The lessons are in the way I respond to adults with an attitude … and the way I‘ve learned to get along with kids, even when they don’t want to get along.”

Reverend Z says that “Our goals for this year included an interpersonal goal — getting along — learning to have relationships with others.” To that end, Ms. Redd starts each day leading the campers in a pledge to one another. “I think the most important part of that is ‘I will respect myself and others by the way I speak and behave, and act in such a way that I will be proud of myself, and others will be proud of me too.’ It gives them some food for thought that carries them through the day.”

The summer session is just finishing up for Camp Phoenix. Reverend Z said, “If we get additional funding, we will try to extend it through August in future years. Parents need a place for their children for the whole summer.” Information on Camp Phoenix and other programs of Chester Eastside is at chestereastside.org and (610) 872-4812.

The Camp’s civic engagement focus was intensified with a trip to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Reverend Zuline Wilkinson said, “Our 28 children were spellbound.” Photo by Eddie Wasekanes

August Concerts Honor a Daughter’s Memory and Support Musicians

Longtime Swarthmorean and folk singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford returns from England to perform in the first Andi Hemmenway Memorial Concert August 5.

Diana and Peter Hemmenway of Swarthmore are presenting a series of concerts at the Seven Stones Cafe in Media in memory of their daughter Andi, a gifted musician and composer. Andi worked at Seven Stones for two years and her family wishes to appreciate the kindness of owners Nick and Denise Yocco by supporting several concerts through the month of August, all on the Plum Street Mall adjacent to Seven Stones.

The series begins Saturday, August 5, at 7 pm with a concert by Zoe Mulford, a “transatlantic singer-songwriter” who grew up in Swarthmore and now lives in the north of England. Backing her clear voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, she draws on the traditional music of the U.S. and the British Isles to make sense of the modern world. Her fifth album, Small Brown Birds, topped the Folk-DJ chart in February 2017. Zoe knew Andi as a child and a young woman and has been working on setting some of her unfinished lyrics to music.

Andi was a superb musician who packed a lot of creativity and accomplishment into her 30 years. A violist since her days at Strath Haven High School, she went on to study music at Rice University and Juilliard. She played with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

After living in Greece on a Fulbright scholarship, Andi recorded a CD of original songs, A Life of Colors, inspired by and incorporating elements of Greek music. She left lyrics for songs unrecorded, some of which Zoe is setting to music.

Diana Hemmenway said that “Musicians are taken for granted. People hear this lovely music, but they don’t understand that it is a job. You do travel planning, booking, promotion … Peter and I wanted to honor Andi’s memory by contributing to some of these musicians.”

The Andi Hemmenway Memorial Concert Series will continue through the month of August and include Charlie Phillips on August 19 and Sonoma Sound on August 26. The concerts will be held outdoors at the Seven Stones Cafe, 24 S. Plum Street in Media and are free to the public.

“Every artist thinks ‘How can I be allowed to go on doing this today?’” Zoe Mulford said. “When we are paid, we can go on doing what we do.”

These Goats are Heroes

Goats went gaga for wild grapevines, which were completely obliterated by the end of the day’s gourmandizing.

It was too hot to be landscaping, but there they were anyway, a dozen or more, old and young, working as if dinner depended on it. Which it did, literally, for the herd of goats Jonathan Tropea brought over to attack the overgrowth consuming Marta Guron’s backyard in Wallingford. In a day’s chewing and chomping, the goats uprooted and stripped leaves from the vines that had grown for years at the periphery of Marta’s ¾ acre yard.

“Our property lies on a branch of Ridley Creek, and we were desperately trying to avoid herbicides of any sort,” Marta said. “Goats seemed like a good option. And they were a hungry bunch! Whatever they didn’t finish, Jonathan did,” [using tools rather than mandibles].

Erik Guron welcomed the landscapers to his backyard in Wallingford.

Jonathan is the proprietor of a herd of 94 goats, four sheep, and four ponies with whom he shares a 12 acre farm in Chichester. He says goats leave the land better than they find it, consuming weeds and invasive species, aerating the ground with their hooves, and fertilizing it with their manure. “Goats are a green, clean solution, appropriate for property maintenance,” he said. The Wallingford yard was a fine showplace for their skills, although Jonathan pointed out that residential jobs can be complicated by the presence of ornamental plants, which homeowners wish to preserve, and can also be toxic to goats. “I will section off areas with low-voltage temporary electric fencing.”

A kid’ll eat ivy too – wouldn’t you?

After the 2007-08 housing crash cost him his job as a heavy equipment operator in real estate development, Jonathan started a property maintenance business. And though he admits that lawnmowers deliver more even results on grass than ruminants, Jonathan said that he would like to phase out the machines and go whole hog into J & M Goats. He is taking on more work in Wallingford and Swarthmore, and will gladly talk about what goats can do for your property. Reach him at Jnmproperty704@gmail.com or (610) 304-2687.

Briefly Noted…

Last Wednesday, July 19, the 9U Nether Swarthmore baseball team secured the SE State Championship title (a first EVER for NSB)! The team played in Central Perkiomen and defeated Doylestown 3-1. Next, the boys will participate in the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament which begins Thursday, July 27, at Daniel Boone Athletic Association in Douglasville, Pa. First row: Dylan Zeitz (Swarthmore) and Alexander Selverian (Wallingford). Second row: Matthew Caputo (Swarthmore), Luke D’Ancona (Swarthmore), Brady Nangle (Wallingford), Henry Strauss (Swarthmore), Preston Jenson (Wallingford), Caden Shuster (Wallingford), Jackson Green (Wallingford), Shane Green (Wallingford) and Mark Ball (Swarthmore). Third row (all coaches): Tom Ball (Swarthmore), Dave Shuster (Wallingford), Dave Caputo (Head coach) (Swarthmore), Ed Strauss (Swarthmore) and Eric Green (Wallingford). Not pictured: Grayson LaFrance.

Barber Bobby Davidson looks cool in the hotseat at the Swarthmore Barbershop, surrounded by barber/stylists (left to right) Cyndi Sissons, Metta Woodruff, and Faith Wright. After working there for more than a year, Bobby bought the shop at 415 Dartmouth Avenue several months ago from previous owner Kristin Fenimore. The King of Prussia resident has made a few changes to the shop, but maintains the focus on “old school barbering, with a modern twist.” The barber shop is open every day; information is at swarthmorebarbershop.com.

William B. Fairley

William B. Fairley, Ph.D. of Swarthmore has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the world’s largest professional organization of statisticians. Dr. Fairley is the president of Analysis & Inference, Inc., which he co-founded in 1979.

Moses H. Bug of Swarthmore has once again been named to the dean’s list at Brandeis University.

Thomas Shields of Wallingford has been named to the 2017 dean’s list at Union College.

Emma Frick and Brooke Hurlbrink, both of Swarthmore, have been named to the dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland.

Madalein Cunningham of Rutledge, Julianne DeCarlo of Wallingford and Elizabeth Bouvette of Swarthmore have been named to the dean’s list at Saint Joseph’s University for the spring 2017 semester.

Edward Newton, a junior majoring in computer science at the University of Rochester, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester. Edward is the son of Shaun Eyring and Richard Newton of Swarthmore.

Monday in midafternoon, the hunters found welcome shade in the Swarthmore Ville, a mismatched crew of strangers drawn to this fertile hunting ground by a common quarry: Pokemon Go Legendary characters. Posts in a Facebook group alerted these players to hotspots in the region where they can battle to capture Legendary Pokemon during the week of a special release. The release commemorates the day one year ago when players first began bumping into each other as they trolled the summer sidewalks jabbing at their phones in their quest to win the first Pokemon Go creatures.

Swarthmore native Eli Richardson has been named a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Richardson, who now lives in Nashville, has been a litigator, a federal prosecutor, and an FBI special agent, a resume which U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander said “makes him uniquely qualified for this position.”

As of Monday afternoon, July 24, the winners of the Swarthmore Swim Club 2017 1,000-lap shirt are: 46.) Dietlind Heintz, 47.) Doris Mitrani, 48.) Carol Sabersky, 49.) Charlotte Hull, 50.) Patti Clymer, 51.) Jodi Dawes, 52.) Darius Walker, 53.) Katie Stack, and 54.) Kristen Herzel.

Swarthmore Co-op board chair Pam Bartholomew reports that last Saturday, July 22, the Co-op hosted a meeting of MAFCA, the Mid-Atlantic Food Cooperative Association. “It was attended by more than 40 directors & employees of co-ops from New York to Virginia who were interested in seeing & hearing about the soon to be 80-year-old Swarthmore Co-op.” Pictured with general manager Mike Litka (center) are Sue Wasserkrug, chair of MAFCA, and guest speaker Andy Lamas, professor of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

What to do? What to know!

Talk the Talk: Strath Haven Offers
First Speech and Debate Camp

Students entering grades 4 through 9 are encouraged to develop skills in public speaking, persuasion, debating and acting in the first annual Strath Haven speech and debate camp, which will be held Monday, August 7, through Thursday, August 10.

Space is available in both morning (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) sessions for students in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. The cost is $120 per student, including materials and T-shirt.

The camp will be conducted at Strath Haven High School by Jeffrey Kahn, who as faculty advisor coached SHHS teams to championship performances in debate competitions during the past school year. To register or pose questions, reach him at jkahn@wssd.org.

The Fascination of Iraq, Without the Heat and Dust

Beginning next Monday, July 31, the Helen Kate Furness Free Library will host a two-part armchair travel lecture series entitled “Welcome to Iraq: A Talk with Buthaina Neveln.” Buthaina Neveln is a Wallingford resident who is originally from Iraq.

Part one, “The History, Geography and Cultures of Iraq,” takes place on Monday, July 31. “Modern Iraq: War, Invasion and Recent Developments” meets a week later on Monday, August 7. Both lectures start at 7:15 p.m. in the library’s lower level Chadwick Auditorium.

Registration is requested for these free lectures. Sign up at the library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford, or call (610) 566-9331.

Young artists, let your imagination take flight in a free collage-making course at SPL next week.

Calling Middle Schoolers:
Collage-Making Course Next Week at SPL

Students entering grades 6 through 9 are invited to join Linnie Greenburg and Ginny Conover for a fun, collaborative collage workshop at Swarthmore Public Library. This free program will be held daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, July 31, through Thursday, August 3.

Collage is among the oldest and most forgiving of all art forms. No previous skills are required, and anyone can learn it. To register, e-mail Scott Schumacher at the Swarthmore Public Library at swcsd@delcolibraries.org. Please include student’s name, grade entering in the fall, and email address.

Open Studio at Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill’s Arts & Spirituality coordinator Jesse White invites artists to “create in community” in Pendle Hill’s light-filled art studio.

For a fee of $5 per hour, artists can join the open studio on Saturday, July 29, between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on a drop-in basis. The studio will provide supplies and a monitor to help you get started. Pendle Hill is at 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Reel Time Rewinds for August 8

The Swarthmore Public Library’s Reel Time movie series will show the 2016 film Arrival in its next screening on Tuesday, August 8, at 2 p.m.

The film stars Amy Adams as a linguist trying to communicate with alien visitors amidst intensifying global anxiety. Arrival will be shown in the Council Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall.

WAKE UP! Poetry Coffeehouse Sunday

Poets and coffee fans are encouraged to bring their work and their ears to the last in the W.A.K.E.U.P! series of themed poetry readings. Share your works on themes beginning with the letter P, and take in the words of other poetic artists, plus light refreshments.

The session is held Sunday, July 30, 2 pm to 4 p.m. at the Firbank Art Studio at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Bridge Party Next Thursday at Schoolhouse Center

The next two Thursdays, August 3 and 10, are bridge party days. Come to Schoolhouse Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and camaraderie of other card players. Even if your bridge skills are bit rusty, you will be welcome at the table.

The first week will be devoted to practice, with games set for August 10. Instructor Buck Clark will be on hand to answer questions as you play.

The event is free, but you should claim your seat at the table by preregistering at (610) 237-8100, extension 32. Schoolhouse Center is located at 600 S. Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Star Search for Swarthmore Showcase

Young performers from 2nd grade up are invited to express themselves in the second annual Swarthmore Showcase, which will be presented by the Swarthmore Public Library on Friday, August 11.

Children and teens can tell jokes, sing, dance, play music, read poems, and otherwise show their talents in solo acts and/or group performances. No experience is necessary, and there’s no casting call.

Just e-mail your name, age, and talent to Scott Schumacher at swcsd@delcolibraries.org. Showtime on August 11 is 6 p.m., on stage at the Swarthmore Town Center amphitheater.

Unearthing the Roots of Civil Rights

Author and professor Sarah Azaransky visits Wallingford on August 7 for an exciting installment in Pendle Hill’s monthly First Monday lecture series.

Azaransky will share insights from her brand-new book entitled This Worldwide Struggle: The International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement. Her book explores the work of black Americans who looked to other nations and unfamiliar religious traditions for ideas and practices that transformed American Democracy. The book details the collaborations among early shapers of the civil rights movement, and contains lessons for today’s builders of social and political movements. A signing will follow the talk.

Register to attend or to livestream this free lecture by calling (610) 566-4507, ext. 137, or do so through the website at pendlehill.org. Pendle Hill is located at 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Report from the Fire Company

Swarthmore assisted Springfield Township with a building fire call at Goodwill Industries on South Chester Road on July 21. Photo by Bob Jones

The Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association was awarded $287,268 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency under FEMA’s 2016 SAFER Grant Awards program. SAFER grants are awarded to fire departments, national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters. These funds will help to pay for adequate fire and emergency response personnel for both fire and EMS emergencies. These monies are sufficient to pay two full time firefighter/EMT personnel. The grant is for a period of three years. The Fire Department and Swarthmore Borough cooperated on the grant application.

From July 10 through July 24, the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 31 calls for medical assistance. These were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Nether Providence Township, Essington, and Springfield Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including respiratory difficulty, head injury, fall with trauma, overdose, unconscious person, accident with injury, hemorrhaging, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, diabetic emergency, nature unknown, tachycardia, pediatric emergency, seizures, medical alarm, sick person, change in mental status, pedestrian struck and bradycardia.

Automatic Fire Alarm: Two incidents: one on Rutgers Avenue, one at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church.

Automobile Accidents: A single incident at Baltimore Pike & Riverview Road. Both vehicles required towing.

Building Fires: One mutual aid alarm to Goodwill Industries on South Chester Road in Springfield Twp. An HVAC unit malfunctioned, causing some light smoke conditions.

Hazmat: Two calls – one natural gas incident on Morgan Circle, and one carbon monoxide alarm on Canterbury Drive in nether Providence Twp.

Assist to Morton: One incident for water coming from electrical fixtures.

Assist to Nether Providence Twp.: One incident (the carbon monoxide alarm activation.)

Assist to Springfield Twp.: One incident (the HVAC malfunction at Goodwill Industries.)

CAC Members Exhibition Opens Sunday

Winners of 2016 CAC awards assembled at the Duke Gallery.

The annual members’ exhibition opens Sunday, July 30, at Community Arts Center with a reception and awards ceremony at CAC’s Duke Gallery. The exhibition is open to all members of the art center, including professional and emerging artists working in many media.

All are invited to the free opening reception from 2 p,m, to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Gallery hours for the duration of the show (also free, running through August 26) are: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Community Arts Center is located at 414 Plush Mill Road.

Letters to the Editor

Scissors and therapy

To the Editor:

Before moving to White Horse Village, I lived in Swarthmore for 48 years, and for close to 37 of them Deborah Gavaghan of the Co-Ed Beauty Salon cut my hair. She died last week and I will miss her skillful sculpting of my hair, accompanied by the lively conversations we shared as she snipped away — scissors and therapy.

I always walked out of the shop looking and feeling better. Her hard work, welcoming smile, exuberant laugh, courage through troubles, and joy for the good times were gifts I will remember. Swarthmore has lost a treasure.

Peggy Thompson
Newtown Square

Ed. note: Deborah Gavaghan of Clifton Heights died June 19. She is mourned by her family and colleagues, customers and friends from nearly 40 years as a stylist at Swarthmore’s Co-Ed Beauty Salon.

WHV mourns Debbie Gavaghan

To the Editor:

Debbie (Deborah Gavaghan) of the Co-Ed Beauty Salon has been cutting my hair for years. Very sadly, she died from cancer this past Wednesday (July 19) at home in Clifton Heights. She will be greatly missed!

Customers from White Horse Village include Anne Hansen, John Hoover, Peggy Thompson, and me — all formerly of Swarthmore.

Marion Purdy
Newtown Square

Chester Children’s Chorus Sings, Learns, Explores in Summer Program at Swarthmore College

ohn Alston works with Festival Choir members on sight reading via passages of “My Favorite Things.”

The vaunted vocalists of the Chester Children’s Chorus have been rehearsing all summer for the concert program coming up July 27-29 at Lang Concert Hall on the Swarthmore College campus. They’re also preparing for success in school and in life beyond.

More than 100 choristers are participating in CCC’s summer learning program at the college. For six weeks into early August, members of the chorus come each weekday from their homes in the Chester-Upland School District to Swarthmore, for full days engaged in academic programs, sports, and musical and arts instruction.

“No summer program compares to the CCC’s,” said Executive Director Kirsten Halker-Kratz, noting that at CCC’s outset nearly 25 years ago, founder John Alston “used to play basketball with the boys, and they hung out and sang. But it has changed into a pretty intensive program, full of assessments and goals. Each class teacher [including Swarthmore College professors] writes a unique curriculum, we hire program assistants and counselors to help navigate the eight buildings we occupy during the program.”

Music is the unifying element for these students, who have all auditioned for the select Children’s Chorus. Program members convene daily to learn songs, music literacy and performance under the tutelage of CCC founder and director John Alston and assistant music director Sean Tripline.

Sean Tripline leads the Junior Choir in rehearsing “Keep Your Hand on the Plow,” a spiritual which will be on the concert program.

The youngest members — rising 3rd to 5th graders — rehearse for an hour, and Festival and senior choirs rehearse at least an hour and a half daily. All older students learn to read music, often with the assistance of junior counselors, and many students take part in Tripline’s “piano lab” and private voice and piano lessons at Lang.

Four science classes for 6th to 12th graders offer hands-on learning and access to labs, an amenity not available at Chester schools. Younger students explore Scott Arboretum with horticulturists. Math tutoring and language arts classes meet the support and basic skills needs of elementary students, Creative writing, visual arts, and dance classes encourage expression and technical development for virtually all students.

It’s summer, and the outdoors is a big part of the fun for summer learners at Swarthmore. Hikes and games punctuate the learning day. Third, 4th and 5th graders all take swimming lessons and aim to pass their “big pool” tests at Swarthmore Swim Club. In addition to the swim club trip, CCC buses take students off campus for picnics and programs.

For many Swarthmoreans and neighbors, the most rewarding part of the day starts at 10:30 in the morning, when reading buddies from the community meet up with their elementary age partners to read age-appropriate books together. Volunteers (always welcome) come daily from senior communities,churches, service organizations and the community at large to make a connection with young readers.

Volunteer Christine comes every summer from Paris to read with a buddy.

Kirsten Halker-Kratz said the content of the courses and activities is important, but equally crucial is the chance to keep students connected with productive habits and development: “Students remark that the summer program was important because otherwise they’d be sitting at home bored, playing video games, or, sadly, getting into trouble. Summer is when we get the students for the longest time, learn the most about them, and have the fewest distractions.”

On with the Shows

The culmination of all those rehearsal hours will be CCC’s three summer concerts, which begin with a 2 p.m. matinee on Thursday, July 27.

On Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, show time is 7:30 p.m. for the CCC. Seating at Lang Concert Hall is limited to the first 425 guests. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday performances.

In addition to the concerts, Summer Learning Program participants will present a science fair on July 27, beginning at 11 a.m. in Eldridge Commons at the College’s Science Center. On Wednesday, August 2, students stage a dance performance at 2 p.m. at Lang Concert Hall.

All events will be open to all in the community, free of charge (although donations will be accepted to support CCC programs). For more information, visit swarthmore.edu/chester-childrens-chorus/our-program, or call CCC at (610) 328-8180.

Seniors Provide Rides to Chester Children’s Chorus

The Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association will provide free shuttles to the (also free) matinee concert of the Chester Children’s Chorus on Thursday, July 27.

Leaving every few minutes from the Swarthmore SEPTA station (meeting next to the clock on the Ville side of the tracks), volunteers will drive anyone who shows up to the front door of the Lang Music Building on the Swarthmore College campus. Following the concert there will be rides back to the train station.

Rides start at 1 p.m. and are available to all. Volunteer drivers are invited to call Linton Stables at (610) 544-3876 to schedule when you would like to drive.

Longtime CCC members connecting outside Lang Concert Hall included (left to right) student Diallo Kirton; Chichester High School graduate, Millersville University student and junior counselor Chyna-Browne Stevenson; student and junior counselor Wendell Wimbush; Chester High School graduate, junior counselor and De Sales University student Kadraya Taylor; and graduate, junior counselor, and Penn State-Abington enrollee Darria Brooks.

Board Gets a Taste of First Wellness Policy

Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board
By Katie Crawford

Right up there with politics and religion, food seems to inspire passionate debate in America. During the July 17 school board meeting, board members heard from Martha Kew, business administrator, about how the school Wellness Committee grappled with meeting the standards outlined in the federally mandated Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. In 2014, a proposed rule was added stating, “The responsibility for developing a local school wellness policy is placed at the local level so the unique needs of each school under the jurisdiction of the local education agency can be addressed.”

This first reading of WSSD Policy 246 was the result of this “outgrowth in changes in federal law.” The policy was finally heard after being delayed many times while the committee continued to work on and refine the document. Board president Dr. Richard Sonntag praised the members of the Wellness Committee for the many hours they had devoted to developing this draft.

While it would seem simple to advocate and encourage healthy eating and exercise across schools, when coupled with meeting the federal standards, the process becomes infinitely more complex. Superintendent Dr. Lisa Palmer described the — at times — overwhelming task of learning new terminology and new practices and deciphering “nuances on nuances.”

Ultimately, the committee took a closer look at “sold” and “unsold” food. Food that is not sold in the school cafeteria — for example, cookies in a bake sale or a classroom birthday cake — seemed to be a particularly murky area. While the federal government cannot regulate what is shared or given, the state requires that the district have some policy regarding these unsold foods.

After surveying administrators at all of the elementary schools concerning when food was shared as part of a celebration and/or event, as board member Dr. Allison Karpyn stated, there was a “phenomenal amount of potential opportunities.” The committee encouraged non-food substitutes such as pencils, as well as efforts to share foods low in sugar. Rather than banning unhealthy foods, the committee sought to encourage healthy eating and positive role models.

The intricacies of developing the policy at times seemed humorous — for example, a bake sale right after school would require an exemption under the federal policy, yet a bake sale that began thirty-one minutes after the end of the school day would have no regulation.

Dr. Palmer and the members of the Wellness Committee stressed the importance of the overall goal of encouraging healthy eating and exercise particularly in the face of the nation’s childhood obesity crisis.

There will be another Wellness Committee meeting prior to the final reading of the policy. The community is invited to attend. The date for the meeting will be advertised on the district website.

SHMS and SHHS Find Guidance

In other news, two more guidance counselors were hired. David Stratton will join Strath Haven Middle School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and his master’s degree from Eastern University. He spent time as a longterm substitute at Unionville High School in Kennett Square.

Virginia Lee will join Strath Haven High School guidance department. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from West Chester University.

In addition, Kerianna Beckman will join Strath Haven Middle School as a science teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and her master’s degree from Boston University. Ms. Beckman previously taught 6th and 7th grade science in Massachusetts.

Jack Joseph Hontz, the son of longtime Strath Haven band leader Jack Hontz, who recently passed away, has replaced his father in leading the 2017 summer band.

The July 17th meeting also marked new board member Vippy Yee’s first official meeting. Ms. Yee will join Dr. Allison Karpyn as the district’s voting delegates at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association Legislative Delegate Assembly meeting held on Friday, October 20, 2017 following the PASA-PSBA School leadership conference in Hershey, Pa.