Briefly Noted . . .

This week, Chester Charter School for the Arts students started classes in a new school on Highland Avenue in Chester, one of whose brand-new classrooms was made possible by a donation by Swarthmore Rotarian and Plush Mills resident Ken Wright and his wife Joan. The Wrights’ generosity inspired other members of the Rotary Club of Swarthmore to match it and fund a second room. The Wrights and other Rotarians were among supporters recognized at CCSA’s ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday, which was attended by hundreds of benefactors and community leaders, including dozens from Swarthmore, Wallingford, Rose Valley, and Rutledge. To date CCSA has raised $5.8 million towards its $7 million capital goal. Contact Amy Komarnicki for more info at

As of Monday, Labor Day, September 4, the winners of the Swarthmore Swim Club 2017 1,000-lap shirt are: 97.) Young Heinbockel, 98.) Gracie Markey, 99.) Charlotte Hart Markey, and 100.) Sue Wenger.

Kira Venturini, a 2015 graduate of Strath Haven high school and a junior at Emerson College made the 2016 NEWMAC Women’s Soccer Academic All-Conference Team.

Jacob Manaker, Strath Haven High School Class of 2014, was named to the dean’s list at the College of the University of Chicago for the academic year 2016-17. Jacob is the son of Scott and Alison Manaker of Swarthmore.

Colgate University Class of 2020 member Charles Huemmler of Wallingford has earned the spring 2017 Dean’s Award with Distinction.

Colgate University Class of 2017 member Madison Starr of Swarthmore has earned the spring 2017 Dean’s Award for academic excellence.

Last Wednesday, Wallingford Swim and Racquet Club hosted the first annual Celebration of the Arts. Community members participated in a 5K Fun Run, created art, and listened to the music of several Wallingford-Swarthmore School District ensembles, including the marching band and Silvertones. The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the Jack Hontz Endowment, which will support the artistic and musical pursuits of WSSD students. Hontz, who died suddenly on June 23, was the K-12 music department chair and band director at Strath Haven High School. He created an environment in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District where arts education is valued as an integral part of the public education process, and students are encouraged to express themselves creatively through music and art. He is remembered as a dedicated, passionate educator. Event organizer and Strath Haven High School art teacher Jennifer Rodgers said that the WSSD art department (which she chairs) “is forever indebted to Jack for his thoughtful mentorship, his kindness and generosity, and most importantly for sharing his love of art and music with all of those he encountered. It was a perfect day to remember and celebrate a wonderful man and hear the music serenade the crowds. Art, music and movement are a beautiful combination!”

Twenty-one proud thousand-lappers gathered on Labor Day at the Rose Valley Swim and Tennis Club to congratulate one another on their kilo-natatorial accomplishment. This summer, 34 of the club’s members logged at least 1,000 laps in the unique 30 yard-long pool, led (for the second consecutive year) by Joan Stankiewicz with 6,300. The best the men could muster was Nick Vance’s 2,850. Photo by Rich Flanagan.

Eight families (including seven SHMS students and six SRS students) represented our community at a volunteer session at Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken on August 23. They delivered donations collected in the perennial drop boxes located in the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, and then sorted mounds of clothes by size and season in preparation for distribution to children in need. Philadelphia is the second poorest city in America (behind Detroit) and has 300,000 kids living in poverty. Please continue to donate lightly used clothes, books, shoes, toys and winter gear at the church. New underwear and socks for ages 2-12 is especially in need. Ages 6+ are welcome to volunteer by appointment. Pictured, front row (l. to r.): Zeb Smithey, Landon Carman and Colton Anckaitis. Middle row (l. to r.): Wyatt Stevens, Kylie Elliott and Lucas Elliott. Back row (l. to r.): Kyle Carman, Audrey Stevens, Izzy Falk, Alison Smithey and Amanda Anckaitis. Not pictured: Chance Loomis, Nathan Sepinwall and all attending parents. — Jeannine Anckaitis

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