Over 100 adults and children gathered at The Swain School Jan. 20, for the school's annual remembrance and tribute program for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the late civil rights leader who was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., in April, 1968.
Todd Stansbery, head of The Swain School, set the tone for the day by reading an essay written by a seventh-grade Swain student as an extension to King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Aug. 28, 1963.
Seventh and eighth grade Lower Macungie Middle School students in honors social studies classes participated recently in a three-day History Day competition using various media for their projects.
Gifted enrichment teacher Patrick Campbell, who coordinated the project, said students could use websites they produced, tri-fold displays, video presentations, performances or theme papers to expound on themes of their choosing depicting rights and responsibilities in history.
A fire reported to the Lehigh County 911 Center shortly before noon Jan. 6 went to four alarms and brought more than 50 fire, rescue, medical and hazardous materials personnel to 3111 Lehigh St., near the Salisbury Township and Allentown City border, for a blaze destroying the Jiffy Lube auto center.
The Lehigh County Senior Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown, has been renamed Lehigh Valley Active Life to better reflect its programs, classes and activities for the region's older and active adults.
The re-designation of the facility coincides with the organization's launch of a revamped website and redesigned logo. The rebranding was the result of consulting with The Anderson Group, Sinking Spring, Berks County.
Knowing guests staying at the Hackerman-Patz House on the campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network -Cedar Crest would be away from home and Thanksgiving celebrations with family, Girl Scout Madison Finley, with a bit of help from fellow Scouts of Troop 3580, Trachsville, decided to cook turkey dinners, with all the fixings, guests in the Hackerman-Patz "home away from home," could warm in microwave ovens and enjoy a festive Thanksgiving Day.
Students in Jen Harding's "Team 313" fifth grade class at Willow Lane Elementary School were treated to two visits by Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Alao who has been traveling the world since 2001 as a United Nations art ambassador.
The Alao visits were arranged by Harding and gifted teacher Julia Dweck.
Alao visited the school Dec. 3 and 6.
The artist unveiled his latest art creation, a scrolled mural which the fifth graders helped unroll to a width of about eight feet.
Regional planners and "smart growth" advocates gave a peek at what the Lehigh Valley might look like in the next three decades, and population demographics will have a big impact on the homes and neighborhoods we live in, the places we work and shop and the way we get around.
The full-day workshop, dubbed the Lehigh Valley Smart Growth Summit, was organized and hosted by RenewLV, whose executive director, Joyce Marin, set the tone for the day's nine breakout sessions by posing the question, "How can we work together to collaborate for a better Lehigh Valley."
Citing you "can never be too prepared," administrators at Country Meadows of Allentown, the independent living and senior care facility at 450 Krocks Road, Upper Macungie Township, held a mock bus into a building disaster drill Oct. 15, under the watchful eye of the township's Fire Commissioner/Emergency Management Coordinator Grant Grim.
The Lehigh County 911 Communications Center kicked off the drill by calling firefighters and rescue personnel from Upper Macungie Station 25, Trexlertown, and from Upper Macungie Station 56, the township's Schantz Road fire station.
Volunteers from Olympus, Selective Insurance, Computer Aid and Meals on Wheels gathered in a conference room at the Computer Aid facility, 1320 Hausman Road, Allentown, Oct. 17 to pack 900 emergency food bags for the homebound to use when meals cannot be delivered due to bad weather or other emergencies.
St. Ann School, in Emmaus, held its ninth annual walkathon Sept. 27 to raise funds for student activities.
The theme for this year's event was "Soaring to New Heights" submitted by fourth graders Tierna Moore and Allison Carr.
Participants in the walkathon wore T-shirts with a design created by eighth grade student Danalyn Roncolato.
The walkathon is the school's biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, said Emily Moore, the school's director of advancement.