MIDDLETOWN — Five of Penncrest High School’s graduating seniors are among the 87 Pennsylvania students who have earned the 2022 Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Global Scholars designation. Seniors receiving the award this year are Athulya Abhilash, Charles Katz, Hallie Meyer, Arun Mohan, and Shannon Tonetta.
The PSMLA Global Scholars Program recognizes students who participate in globally focused interdisciplinary studies and activities. The program is designed for students to complete over a four-year period to develop global awareness or competency, and to better prepare themselves for personal and professional success in an increasingly global society. Students who earn this designation have completed all components of the program in four years or fewer.
Students made a deliberate effort to broaden their horizons academically, inquisitively, intellectually, and socially, to aid them in their future professional endeavors.
Penncrest has distinguished itself by being one of only 17 high schools in Pennsylvania to boast 2022 PSMLA Global Scholars Graduates.
Wawa Foundation asks public to vote for top grant recipient among four finalists
After receiving more than 250 submissions, The Wawa Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded to support Wawa’s charitable giving and philanthropic activities, has announced the 2022 finalists for “The Wawa Foundation Hero Award.”
The Wawa Foundation Hero Award is an honor given to a non-profit organization serving the greater Philadelphia area that assists others and builds stronger communities through preserving independence, protecting our safety, and mentoring and inspiring youth. The four finalists are: Coded by Kids, Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, Mighty Writers and Philadelphia Youth Basketball.
The public can vote from now until June 29 to help choose a winner. The winner will be chosen by public vote on The Wawa Foundation’s website. The organization receiving the most votes will be presented to The Wawa Foundation Hero Award Panel for final approval.
Launched during Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America festivities, The Wawa Foundation Hero Award will be presented as part of the Independence Day morning ceremony on July 4th in front of Independence Hall. The recipient of The Wawa Foundation Hero Award will receive a $50,000 grant, and the three runners up will each receive $10,000 grants.
“We are thrilled with the four finalists for The Wawa Foundation Hero Award and delighted to shine a light on the important work they’re doing in the community,” said Jay Culotta, President, The Wawa Foundation. “We look forward to celebrating their stories during the 4th of July Celebration of Freedom ceremony when we reveal the winner with a $50,000 grant to help these organizations continue helping others in the community.”
Coded by Kids’ mission is to prepare underrepresented young people to succeed as tech and innovation leaders through high-quality tech education, project-based learning, mentorship, and real-world business opportunities. Coded by Kids educates, inspires, and mentors the next generation of tech and innovation leaders in Philadelphia with programs that teach web development, digital design, tech startup, and entrepreneurship concepts, hosting citywide coding competitions, internships, and mentoring opportunities to help kids gain technical skills.
Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, a Catholic, college preparatory school for students of all faiths, nurtures, and challenges 550 underserved students to recognize and realize their full potential. To ensure all students are college-ready upon graduation, the Cristo Rey curriculum combines a rigorous, data-driven academic program with paid, professional internships. All students work four days a week in professional jobs with companies across the Philadelphia area, earning 50% of the cost of their education through their own work. In partnership with the students and their families, Cristo Rey Philadelphia’s faculty, staff, job partners, and supporters are everyday heroes working to positively impact the futures of hundreds of young men and women in Philadelphia.
Mighty Writers’ mission is to teach kids, ages 3 to 17, to think clearly and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work, and in life. Through afterschool and summer writing programs, Mighty Writers develops unique and enriching communities, champions the stories of diverse youth writers, and drives each student to reach their maximum potential. Mighty Writers is the only non-profit that provides free, high-quality, bilingual, culturally, and community-oriented writing programs to children, ages 3 to17. Through the organization’s core values of resilience, respect, and optimism, young people develop their superpower – the power of the pen.
Philadelphia Youth Basketball is a community-built youth empowerment organization that leverages the iconic game of basketball to help today’s urban youth overcome the most urgent and systemic issues facing underserved communities. PYB holds workshops, amassed over 6,500 programming hours, and served over 275,000 meals. They have partnered with over 70 schools, recreation centers, churches, synagogues, and mosques in the City of Philadelphia. PYB has over 250 volunteers annually, and 50 tutors. They are currently working to open a $30 million dollar complex, The Alan Horwitz, “Sixth Man” Center, that will serve as a safe haven and empowerment vehicle for thousands of boys and girls per year. PYB helps thousands of young people find their voice, value, and visibility during their critical formative years — to bring about meaningful community change and lasting economic mobility.
Non-profit organizations applied by submitting a video and/or a short story to The Wawa Foundation website that provided background on their organization’s work with, and impact on, the community. The Wawa Foundation Grant Committee selected four compelling stories of organizations serving the local community with the best fit to the award focus area and criteria.
For more information on The Wawa Foundation Hero Award and eligibility requirements, terms and conditions, visit http://www.TheWawaFoundation.org.
Springfield Lions collect used eyeglasses
Laura Monaghan of Darby recently donated ten pair of used eyeglasses in memory of her late husband Neal Monaghan. The Lions appreciate this donation and the eyeglasses will be used to help the less fortunate who need them. The Lions also want to remind everyone that used eyeglasses can be dropped off at the following locations:
ACME, Clifton Heights – mailbox; ACME, Ridley Park – mailbox; America’s Best, Baltimore Pike, Old Sproul Village, Springfield; Boscov’s in the Granite Run Mall – Courtesy desk; mailbox on Saxer Avenue; Cassey’s Optical, Springfield Shopping Center; M&T Bank, Ridley Park – mailbox; Moore Eye Institute, Sproul Rd., Springfield Hospital; Pilgrim Gardens Shopping Center – mailbox; Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church; and Sharon Bank, Saxer Avenue, Springfield.
The mailboxes are yellow in color, adorned with the Lions’ emblem. Do not place US mail in these boxes and do not place used eyeglasses in regular blue US postal mailboxes.
For more information about the Springfield Lions Club visit the Lions contact Tony DeSanto at 610-543-1188 or visit http://www.springfieldlionsclub.org.
Our Community Cup Coffeehouse features musical acts, retirement party
Our Community Coffeehouse, a coffeehouse for people of all abilities, will present two musical groups as entertainment, 6 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Tree of Life Church, 933 Baltimore Pike, Springfield.
The State Street Miracles, a musical group that is made up of people with disabilities who love to sing, will start off the fun, followed by music by Deb Seymour. Everyone is welcome.
The following Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m., a retirement party/ ice cream bar will be held for Pastor Pam McShane who will retire from Tree of Life Church. Our Community Coffeehouse will continue after Pastor Pam retires, run jointly by partners Jim Wurster of the New Avenue Foundation and Kate McShane, Director of Disability Ministries at Tree of Life Church. For more information on attending or performing at the coffeehouse, email Kate at email@example.com.
Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at firstname.lastname@example.org.