Monday, February 28, 2011

Main Street Elementary Students celebrate Black History Month

Recently, Main Street students celebrated Black History Month by performing characters from the past to the present in the play, “Voices From The Past To The Present,” a play that has been making the rounds in the area for Black History Month. The Program was organized by Anita Brown who also designed a Wax Museum at the school. Ms. Brown is a Special Education Teacher who has been teaching in the district for 20 years. During the program, she choreographed a dance from the song Heroes by Mariah Carey. 

For more information on the program go to
Students celebrate Black History Month at Upland's Main Street Elementary

Chester High School Presents Sojourner

Actress Zuhairah McGill
When I first saw Sojourner, the play at the Hedgerow Theatre, I thought it would be a great Black History event for any of the Chester schools to showcase. Little did I know then that meeting with the actress, Zuhairah McGill and her production First World Theatre Ensemble, would actually lead to a showing at Chester High School. I made the request through the Social Studies Department under the leadership of Department Head Farela Howie. I am happy to say we got the approval from the administration. Although my referral did not stop there, I was glad to walk through the process of bringing such a production to the school.

This is the last official day, the last day in February, to celebrate Black History Month. But we should celebrate Black History throughout the year. Chester High School has always celebrated this event with a number of valuable learning experiences, especial through the Social Studies Department. As you walk through the halls, you can see the decorations of all those fantastic projects done by the students. The walls are decorated with different types of Black Historic facts. The scene represents a mini museum with many biographies on display. 

Sojourner is the icing on the cake to top off Black History Month. The play does come with a study guide and was presented as a 40 minute version of the full production in the Chester High School Auditorium. Sojourner is the story of Sojourner Truth, her life from slavery to the Lincoln White House. So if you missed it at the Hedgerow and the other local productions recently, this was another opportunity to see it. The production is not exclusive to Black History Month. The play is available to all those who are interested in presenting it. First World Theatre Ensemble also puts on other productions throughout the year.

At the end of the play, students were given the opportunity for a question and answer period. The audience was very receptive to the play. The Social Studies Department wants to thank all those who participated in bringing the play to the school.  In attendance, from the administration, were Assistant Superintendent Dr. Dexter Davis and Principal Dr. Darla Hammond who introduced the play; and also a special appreciation to Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 413 for funding the event.    

Read the previous postings on the blog:
Sojourner at the Hedgerow
Sojourner at the Hedgerow Theatre
Sojourner at Chester High School

Also read the report in
Chester High School presents 'Sojourner' for Black History Month
By Donna Scott-Brown, Special to the Times


Friday, February 25, 2011

Chester Vs Bensalem "Round 3" District 1 Playoffs Last Home Game


Clippers making a shot
No, not a nail biter as the previews would have it. But the game was fast starting and very exciting. It was definitely a fast pace, fast moving game. I am hearing "the cream is rising to the top now." The games are getting more intense as the match ups in gap narrow. The clip joint was full tonight. Chester won 67-39. On the road to Villanova next to play ball with Neshaminy in the Semifinals Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Here we go March madness. Play Ball!!!

To read more go to

Chester roars back into semifinals behind Nelson
Pa. High School Hoops Scoreboard

Chester-Bensalem Quarterfinal Preview

Read and watch the match up on tonight’s game. Bensalem has been studying Chester’s films to get ready. This is Bensalem’s first trip to the playoffs in 20 years. 

Chester Clippers:

Bensalem has won 10 of its last 12 games but has done so without an explosive offense. The Owls won six of their last 10 games by scoring 48 points or less. Bensalem has scored in the 30’s four times this year – and has won two of those games against District One playoff teams. The Owls edged North Penn 36-33 and defeated Lower Merion 38-37. Bensalem has done it on defense – and nobody plays it better than 6-foot, 8-inch senior Calvin Brown.

Chester has won 18 straight games with its only loss of the season coming to out-of-state opponent Sanford (Delaware) in a showcase event held at Widener University on December 30, 2010. The Clippers lost that game 62-57 – by far the lowest point total they have put up all season. Chester has exploded for a 109-42 victory over Chichester and a 98-37 win over Interboro. Chester has done it with an explosive offense that has featured a balanced scoring attack.

Players To Watch:
Bensalem: Calvin Brown, Leo Vincent, Chris McMullin, Austin Nyekan, and Alex Agyedu.
Chester: Maurice Nelson, DeQuann Walker, Rondae Jefferson, Erikk Wright, and Darius Robinson.

District-1 Boys HS Hoops Tournament Preview (Video)

VIDEO: Cooney and Sciolla break down the district playoffs
By: Kevin Cooney

Listening to these guys talk make it seems that this game could be a nail biter.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TrustScripts Seminar at Crozer Library


Lower Your Prescription Costs

Are you taking advantage of the free TrustScripts card to lower your prescription costs? Find out how you can benefit from this free program at a TrustScripts Seminar on Tuesday evening, March 1st, at 6:00 p.m at the J. Lewis Crozer Library.

Delaware County has partnered with TrustScripts to offer a free discount prescription card to help you save money on your prescription medicine. The cards should be used by the following people:

-People without prescription coverage
-Seniors in the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap
-People taking prescription drugs not covered by their current prescription plan

This is not an insurance program - there is no limit on the number of prescriptions, no age or income requirements, no personal information exchanged, and no expiration date.

Crozer Library is located at 620 Engle Street in Chester. Registration is requested at (610) 494-3454.