Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Chester Children's Chorus to celebrate 20 Years Anniversary in a Benefit Gala

The Chester Children's Chorus proudly celebrates 20 years of excellence with an anniversary benefit Gala on Saturday, October 11 at Sharples Dining Hall, Swarthmore College from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for $175 per person. The event features dinner, dancing, a special CCC concert and silent auction. The event also honors long-time Chorus advocate, Peggy Thompson. Peggy worked at the college and is a longtime member of the College Chorus.  Her husband, Pete, is an emeritus professor. If you are interested in attending, please contact Executive Director, Kirsten Halker-Kratz, at 610-328-8286 by September 26th.

Youth Interlock salutes Chester's heroes

The Daily Times published my article in today’s paper but did not include my byline they said because I was not a paid staff. Yet my community articles have been printed before with my name. What’s up with that?

My article Youth Interlock Salute to Community Heroes was posted on my blog Monday, September 1st after I attended the Youth Interlock Society's banquet on Friday, August 29, 2014. The community article was submitted to be published with a byline. Discovered that it was published today. 

To read more and see pictures from the event CLICK HERE

See more Pictures from the event below.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chester Professional Development Training Series

You are invited to participate in the following training series sponsored by, the Boys and Girls Club of Chester (BGCC), Chester Youth Collaborative Policy Committee and Education 4 Educators (E4E). 

Trainings are Free.  Space is Limited.  Register Today. 

Date: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 Time: 11:00 A.M -12:30 P.M
Preparing for the Keystone Exam, Credit Hours: 1.5
This training will help participants gather a better understanding about the Keystone exam and what can be done to make the most of these changes.
Target Audience: Parents/Guardians Out of School Time Providers, Social Workers, Educators, Youth Development Professionals, Caseworkers, High School Students. 

Date: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 Time: 11:00 A.M -12:30 P.M
Implementation of PA common core standards, Credit Hours: 1.5
This training invites parents, students, OST providers, community members, professionals and educators to think about the possibilities the Common Core State Standards offer for strengthening teaching and learning across the state, as well as helps participants gauge a better understand of the new PA common core standards.
Target Audience: Parents/Guardians Out of School Time Providers, Social Workers, Educators, Youth Development Professionals, Caseworkers, High School Students. 

Date: Tuesday, November, 18th, 2014 Time: 6:00 P.M -8:00 P.M
Understanding Suicide, Credit Hours: 2.00
Suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of 15 and 45. This training will help participants understand the suicidal mind, recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind.
Target Audience: Out of School Time Providers, Social Workers, Educators, Parents/Guardians, Youth Development Professionals, Caseworkers, Mental Health Professionals. 

Date: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 Time: 6:00 P.M -7:30 P.M
Crisis Intervention, Credit Hours: 2.00
This training covers the fundamentals of situational and developmental crises, how they occur, and how they have and should be managed as well as the ABC Model of Crisis Intervention.
Target Audience: Parents/Guardians, Youth Development Professionals, Caseworkers, Mental Health Professionals, Out of School Time Providers, Social Workers, Educators.

Certificates and Credits
Participants will receive training credit upon successful completion of each session. Individuals will receive a Certificate of Attendance listing their name, the date, the training title and the number of training hours upon each session’s completion.

*Note: Certificates and training credits will not be given to any individual who arrives to a workshop more than 15 minutes late, or does not stay until the end of the session.
Registration Form
(Please detach and return form to Flora Williams-Johnson Boys and Girls Club of Chester 201 E. 7th Street Chester, PA. 19013; by fax: 610-874-4708; or email at: Flora.Williams-Johnson@crozer.org by January 22nd 2014)
Name: __________________________________________ Job Title:___________________________________
Organization: _____________________________ Address:____________________________________________
City:______________________________ State:____________ Zip Code: _______________
Phone: _________________________ Fax: ___________________ E-mail______________________
Credits requested: Y/N Please Specify:______________________________________________
Please indicate requested session(s) below: Date
Attending (Y/N)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Preparing for the Keystone Exam
11:00-12:30 pm
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Implementation of Common Core
11:00-12:30 pm
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Understanding Suicide
6:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Crisis Intervention
6:00-7:30 pm

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Constitution Day 2014 at Widener University

Constitution Day is September 17th and will be observe on September 15th
on the campus of Widener University

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fight Night at Harrah's

Maguire Foundation Gives Widener $1.25 Million for Scholarships

Widener University Receives $1.25 Million Gift from
Maguire Foundation for Student Scholarships

Chester, Pa. – Widener University has received a $1.25 million matching gift from The Maguire Foundation to establish the Maguire Scholars Fund for student scholarships, the university announced. As a matching gift, the university will contribute an equal amount to the fund over the next five years creating a $2.5 million endowed fund.

Beginning this fall, the university will name three to five Maguire Scholars, freshmen who will receive scholarships in the range of $5,000 to $8,000 renewable each year for four years providing students continue to meet qualifications.

To be eligible, students must maintain good grades, demonstrate family need and have a commitment to community service. They must also be graduates of Maguire Scholars participating high schools in the Philadelphia area.

Widener University President James T. Harris III said it is the largest scholarship gift to Taking the Lead – the Campaign for Widener, the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign which ends in December.

“The Maguire Foundation and Widener University have very similar goals – to help students achieve their academic potential and to develop their passion for community service and civic engagement,” Harris said. “We are very grateful to the Maguire Foundation for their generous gift and look forward to working with them to reach our common goals.”

James and Frances Maguire of Chestnut Hill, Pa. are co-principles of The Maguire Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise that primarily focuses its resources on education. Scholarships created through gifts from the foundation help more than 750 students to attend private elementary and secondary schools each year.

“Our family and our foundation have always been committed to investing time, talent and treasure in the success of others,” said James J. Maguire, the founder and chairman emeritus of insurance industry leader Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp. “Through our new partnership with Widener University, we will be helping students to discover their full potential for service and achievement.”

Last year, Widener was selected as a Presidential Award Finalist for the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In recent years, Newsweek and Washington Monthly ranked Widener among the top service-minded colleges and universities in the nation. In addition, Widener was among the first universities in the nation to be categorized as a “community engagement” institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006.