Briefly Noted…

Eighth graders from Strath Haven Middle School dug in on Election Day of Social Service, along with their siblings from SHMS and Swarthmore-Rutledge School. From left (back): Jackson Debusschere, Nick Karapelou, Brendan Deppen, Harry Berger, and Colwyn Hals; (second row) Thomas Sullivan, Sam Woolf, Andrew Deppen, Tess Berger, and Arnie Berger; (front) Sabrina Karapelou, Kristina Sullivan, and Annika Sullivan. Photo by Sandra Sullivan

Eighth graders from Strath Haven Middle School dug in on Election Day of Social Service, along with their siblings from SHMS and Swarthmore-Rutledge School. From left (back): Jackson Debusschere, Nick Karapelou, Brendan Deppen, Harry Berger, and Colwyn Hals; (second row) Thomas Sullivan, Sam Woolf, Andrew Deppen, Tess Berger, and Arnie Berger; (front) Sabrina Karapelou, Kristina Sullivan, and Annika Sullivan. Photo by Sandra Sullivan

Susan Kelly, chair of Swarthmore’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) writes: “Last Tuesday, while many adults were rushing off to work or to vote, several children earned community service hours at Swarthmore’s first annual Election Day of Social Service by weeding and mulching trees and cleaning trash from the streams in Little Crum Creek Park. The Swarthmore EAC holds regular cleanup days in the park, but many children are unable to attend because of their busy conflicting schedules. One mother, Sandra Sullivan, had the great idea of arranging a work day on Election Day, when schools are closed, and she contacted a member of the EAC to arrange this activity. Mulch was delivered to the park by the Public Works Department, neighbors donated their wheelbarrows and tools, and four adults and 13 kids of all ages gathered to work. If the weather cooperates, this will be an annual event.”

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Greenhaven, the Strath Haven High School environmental club, recently sponsored a Panthers for Panels logo design contest for students in the graphic design classes taught by Leslie Taylor at SHHS. Three seniors submitted the winning designs, as chosen by Greehaven leaders Zoe Brown and Zach DiNardo, Panthers for Panels committee member Carol Getty, SHHS science teacher and Greenahven adviser Kari Reese, and Ms. Taylor. From left to right are, Gabe Rice (2nd place), Connor McGaffin (1st place) , and Natalie Geriot (3rd place.) McGaffin’s design will represent Panthers for Panels in its marketing and fundraising effort, which aims to raise $30,000 to install 23 solar panels atop the Panther Pit snack bar at George L. King Stadium.

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Swarthmore College students turned their backs on libertarian political scientist Charles Murray during his remarks Tuesday night at the Swarthmore Friends Meetinghouse. Murray’s talk, sponsored by the college’s Swarthmore Conservative Society, incorporated observations on the recent national election and the divide between leadership elites and American voters. Protestors, many holding signs referring to Murray’s oft-criticized writings relating IQ, race, class, and prosperity, remained standing for the first half-hour of Murray’s talk before departing from the meetinghouse.

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Wallingford Elementary School principal Josh Peterkin (right) welcomed three St. Joseph’s University Hawks to the roost at WES prior to the We Love WES Walk-a-thon on November 4. Forwards (left to right) Brendan Casper, Javon Baumann, and Markell Lodge visited at the invitation of WES parent and St. Joseph’s professor Gabrielle Miller; the basketballers spoke with WES students, faculty and parents about the importance of striving for academic excellence while developing as an athlete. Mr. Peterkin then led the students and teachers to George L. King Stadium, where they walked, ran, skipped and danced around the track in the We Love WES Walk-a-thon. Through pledges to the walkers, the event raised nearly $10,000 for Wallingford Elementary School to expand resources and enrichment activities for all students, all while promoting physical activity and fitness.

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