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4-8 SPNDS plant sale 2016

Students at Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School are celebrating spring! The preschool’s annual Plant Sale, which supports its Scholarship Fund, is going on now through Friday, April 15. Order forms are available at or you can request one via e-mail at, or by calling (610) 543-2861. Pictured: first row (l. to r.) are Samuel Grant and Jacob Graden; second row (l. to r.) are Bennett Phipps, Arden Phipps and Eleanor Roberts.

4-8 LemonAid wes

At Wallingford Elementary School last month, Sue Gaur’s 2nd grade class raised $1,924 in its 11th Annual Relay for Life Event,supporting The American Cancer Society. Mrs. Gaur’s students sold soft pretzels and lemonade to their WES schoolmates and faculty on March 15, 16, and 17 during class snack time. WAWA donated the lemonade, and Philadelphia Pretzel Factory of Broomall provided the pretzels at a nominal cost. The energetic LemonAid vendors are (front row, l. to r.): Declan F., Charlie J., Eryn B., Isaac L., Leah C., Megan B., Scarlette N., Carter S., Andy W. and Aby O.; (second row, l. to r.): Norah M., Brady N., Nick F., Kenny J., Katie T., Sofia F., Luke M., Skylar S., Aunjulae J., Abigale B., Lexi B. and Manny P; (back row, l. to r.): Miss Angie, Miss Jones and Mrs. Gaur. Photo courtesy of Kristin Snyder

4-8 rutledge Mayor K

Mayor Kevin Cunningham led by example in the annual “Shake Off the Winter and Spring Jam” last Saturday at Rutledge Borough Hall. The mayor opened the show as a solo act, then sat in with Friends of Erik. Also on stage for the show were House Calls, Just Roses, Lost Northern Tirbe, and SwUKEstra (featuring another musical mayor, Swarthmore’s Tim Kearney). The free, family friendly concert is put on annually by Rutledge musicians and their friends as a chance for town residents “to hang out with the neighbors you know, to meet the neighbors you don’t know, and to welcome our new neighbors,” Mayor K wrote on Facebook.

Last week, students and faculty from Swarthmore College celebrated the completion of a crowdfunding campaign which raised $10,920 to buy solar panels for the roof of Serenity House, a community outreach center and branch of Arch Street United Methodist Church located in North Philadelphia.

The Serenity Soular initiative will build the green economy in North Philadelphia and train residents for jobs in the solar industry. Serenity Soular includes Swarthmore students Laura Rigell ‘16, Lekey Leidecker ‘16, Nora Kerrich ‘16, Ian Grant ‘16, Katherine Zavez ‘17, and Nathan Anderson ‘19, and Giovanna Di Chiro, professor of environmenal studies, working alongside North Philadelphia residents and leaders.

The solar panel installation will begin in June.

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