All in To The Community

The Swarthmore community and beyond came together on Saturday, July 27, to raise money to help the children at the southern border of the United States. The Children of the Wind fundraiser, sponsored by Young People’s Theatre Workshop, was able to raise $6,400 for the children through music, financial donations, and the generosity of spirit of all involved.

Lunch and learning

At last Thursday’s Swarthmore Rotary Club luncheon meeting at the Inn at Swarthmore, I was fascinated by the presentation by Greg Brown, V.P. for Finance and Administration at Swarthmore College. Greg discussed the present and upcoming construction projects at the College. 

Ah — Memorial Day — hopefully good weather for picnics, yard projects, just enjoying a long, lazy weekend. But why do we really have this springtime long weekend? The hope and expectation is that we will take some time to reflect and maybe even attend a memorial ceremony that honors those who died in wars that our country has fought in in the defense of freedom — both home and abroad.

Congratulations and thanks to all of the runners and walkers who participated in last Sunday’s 18th Annual Swarthmore Charity Fun-Fair 5K sponsored by the Swarthmore Lions Club and the Swarthmore Rotary Club. It turned out to be a beautiful day and the storms that had been forecast held off.

Fire Company Donations

May I suggest that if you think you cannot make a meaningful one-time donation to the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association and feel embarrassed to donate just a little, you donate that “little” on a monthly basis, set up through your bank’s “bill pay” mechanism?

Since 1894, the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association has been serving the community of Swarthmore, protecting against fire, the loss of life and property. Today, in addition to responding to fire calls, the department answers hundreds of emergency medical calls each year.

The headline to our cover story last week about the February 11 meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board was “Board Approved Preliminary Budget, Then Things Got Weird.” Several readers interpreted “things got weird” as a reference to the effort by a community member named “Peter” to read a victim impact statement from a WSSD student who experienced sexual violence. That was not our intent.