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Mini-THON Exceeds Its Goal

Cheltenham High School surpassed its $20,000 goal on February 15, raising $20,313 in their seventh annual dance marathon for the Four Diamonds Fund that assists children with cancer and their families.

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Focus on Native American Students

Centennial School District has a special program to assist Native American students to become  academically successful, provide them with information about Native American culture and heritage with classes taught by Native American staff, and to promote cultural diversity by building bridges between community, staff, parents and students.

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Wissahickon Grows and Cooks

Wissahickon Gardens is a partnership between the school district, students, teachers and the community to plant and ecologically maintain sustainable gardens and promote healthy eating. The district’s television channel supports this effort through the production of “Wissahickon Cooks,” a cooking show based on ingredients grown in the gardens.

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Peace Garden

By turning a vacant lot into a beautiful plot of land with 12 different garden beds, the children at Stewart Middle School have begun to learn the importance of nutritious foods. Though the garden began back in 2010, the teachers and students at Stewart Middle School had their efforts rewarded as they received the 2011 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant. The school cafeteria joined in on the fun and served fresh strawberry smoothies using only strawberries that were grown in the Peace Garden. The garden also offered participation opportunities for students who did not have “green thumbs” as they helped the teachers to build benches and sheds and allowed their artistic talents to further emerge by decorating bird houses. The peace garden concept began after a teacher at Stewart Middle School read Seedfolks, a short novel about people in a community who transform an empty lot into a garden with bean seeds and how it changes their lives.

Watch what happened when the 10! Show visited the garden.

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Team Daisy

The Robotics Team from Wissahickon High School, Team #341’s, “Miss Daisy” was founded in 2000 and each year new high school students continue to improve the robotic technology. An after-school activity designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in mathematics, science, and technology, students build complex machines, learn business skills, travel around the world, win scholarships, and simply have a great time. The program is open to young women and men in grades nine through 12.

Check out Team #341’s webpage to learn more!

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On Tour

Elkins Park School of the School District of Cheltenham Township makes music come alive for 6th grade students in the “On Tour Project.” Divided into groups of six students, the middle schoolers must immerse themselves in all aspects of a musical performance from behind-the- scenes technology to the business side of the event. Not only do the music students focus on improving their singing and instrumental abilities, but other students in the group handle financial expenses, write press releases, understand geographical locations, conduct a photo shoot and write a contract to seal the deal. This innovative approach provides students with diverse interests the opportunity to come together and apply their interests and skills to real-life situations.

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Building Blocks

John Barclay Elementary School of Central Bucks School District is focused on improving the school community through its Barclay’s Building Blocks program. Each of the building blocks — Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, Perseverance and Family — is highlighted in classroom activities for a two month time period when students participate in activities that reinforce the blocks. Classes read specific books and discuss the tenets. Students who exemplify the characteristics of the blocks are also rewarded with prizes from the school’s treasure chest.

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It’s Easy Being Green

Going green is not just a way of life for the newly renovated Myers Elementary School of the School District of Cheltenham Township but also a new teaching tool. Myers Elementary School is now one of only 650 schools in the nation to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its green improvements to the building. With motion censored lighting in every room and bathroom, low-flow toilets and sinks, environmentally-friendly roofing and other advancements, the building is helping students to discover the importance of being environmentally conscious. Teachers have also been integrating the new building into their lesson plans with a dashboard in each room that indicates how much energy the school is using. Students can then track daily energy usage to follow climate changes.

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Peer Writing Center

Not sure if you should be using “who” or “whom?” Twelfth grade students at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School of Colonial School District have the solution — seek help at the school’s Peer Writing Center. The student-run writing center began in October 2011 as an honor’s elective and currently has about a dozen designated writing fellows. The program aims to prepare students with the tools they need to improve their writing in the long run.

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Colonial Day

Students at Makefield Elementary School of Pennsbury School District have the opportunity to go back in time to the 1700s to gain a better understanding of the Colonial era. The day-long program called “Colonial Day” occurs every two years and has been taking place at the school for almost three decades. During the day, students interact with militiamen, tradesmen and craftsmen, and even participate in activities such as quill writing and candle making. By enabling children to engage with aspects of Colonial life, the students gain a greater appreciation of our past history.