Lansdowne student named 2022 Bezos Scholar – Delco Times

LANSDOWNE — The Bezos Scholars Program announced this week that Penn Wood High School student Nhaomi Lartey and educator Ava Alexander are now part of the 2022 Scholars cohort. The Bezos Scholars program inspires and challenges young people to solve the issues they are passionate about in their communities. Nhaomi is passionate about tackling inequality in her community. Nhaomi, a Lansdowne resident, is a Ghanaian American Christian who aspires to pursue a career in STEM. According to the Bezos Scholars Program, she is passionate about advocating for change for equitable education and spreading STEM-based opportunities in underrepresented communities.

Nhaomi’s accomplishments include being an active member of the local government junior council in her ward, getting her driver’s license, and learning how to take care of her natural hair.

The pool of applicants is competitive for the Bezos Scholars program. The selected students are one of twelve scholarship recipients representing nine states this year. Scholars are selected based on their commitment to their education, demonstrated leadership abilities, willingness to take on challenges, and desire to create positive change in their communities. Nhaomi will be supported by her educator researcher Ava Alexander, an educator at Penn Wood High School. Ava is an alumnus of the William Penn School District where she has worked for 23 years. Ava is most passionate about changing racial misconceptions and improving issues of miscommunication in her community. She sets out to do this by preparing students to take on leadership roles that give back to the community that raised them. She is currently the first full-time English instructor in her district’s e-learning program. After graduating from high school, Ava attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music on a flute performance scholarship. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and a Master of Science from Lincoln University. For more information on the Beos Scholars program, visit

The Bezos Family Foundation launched the Scholars Program in 2005 to provide young people with a platform to design solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing their communities. The program begins with an all-expenses-paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival. The week is packed with leadership training, panel discussions and exclusive conversations with many of the world’s most renowned scientists, journalists, artists and thought leaders. This experience paves the way for the challenge ahead of them: launching sustainable projects, known as Local Ideas Festivals, to transform their communities. LIF topics and themes are as diverse as the Fellows themselves and are designed to align Fellows’ passions with an existing community need.

The Bezos Scholars Program is a year-long leadership development program for aspiring high school seniors and an educator from their school. It begins with the opportunity to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholars return home, participate in virtual trainings, and launch lasting community change projects that transform their schools and communities. their communities. For 17 years, Scholar teams have mobilized communities around a range of critical issues.

Aquatic Swim Club organizes several open days

The Aquatic Swim Club, 925 Amosland Road, Morton, will hold open days for potential new members from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 22; 6-8 p.m. Monday 23 May; 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 27; and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. The brand new Board of Directors will be on hand to offer tours of the facilities and answer questions from members.

The Aquatic Swim Club is the oldest and largest pool in the county and offers a $100 discount to new members. Aquatic offers a large area for swimming, diving and slides. There is plenty of shade in the grove of trees as well as ample areas for sunbathing and plenty of parking. Other features include 22 picnic tables, colorful Adirondack chairs, comfy lounge chairs, umbrellas, showers, a snack bar, and a shallow water area for kids. The pavilion can be rented for private parties for a small fee.

A dedicated activities committee works to keep the kids busy with creative entertainment such as a Halloween parade and Christmas in July. Other kids’ activities include a swim team, a large sand area with kid-friendly equipment, and horseshoes, shuffleboard, and on-site volleyball and basketball courts.

Several adult splash parties will take place this summer, including DJ entertainment.

Everyone is welcome. To ask questions before the open house, email the Club at [email protected]

Delaware County Community Action Agency Celebrates Efforts to Help Local Residents

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. joins more than 1,000 community action agencies nationwide in celebrating National Community Action Month. The month of May is a time for the CAADC to celebrate its efforts to help low-income people achieve self-reliance and economic stability for 57 years.

CAADC, a not-for-profit corporation, offers a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency in low-income people and helping families facing economic crisis. For more information, visit or call 610-874-8451.

State seeks teens to become ambassadors for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in partnership with PennDOT, invites Pennsylvania grade 10-12 students to help keep Pennsylvania clean and beautiful through the Young Ambassadors of Pennsylvania program. The program was recommended in the Commonwealth Waste Action Plan, announced by Governor Wolf, in 2021. Students will be chosen through a competitive application process.

Selected candidates will commit to nine months of service as an ambassador and will represent and champion the mission and values ​​of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Other responsibilities include: attending a virtual orientation, four virtual education and training workshops, and up to two virtual networking events, organizing and participating in at least one community cleanup event through Pick Up Pennsylvania, organizing an event or a community education activity targeting peers or youth in the student’s community and promoting community involvement and impact on social media.

From September to May 2023, Youth Ambassadors will strengthen community stewardship by inspiring, engaging and empowering Pennsylvanians to keep their communities clean and beautiful and develop civic leadership to champion and defend clean and beautiful communities across Pennsylvania.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will provide education and training to program participants on topics including the impact of litter on the roads, litter prevention, waste management and recycling, civic engagement and related public policy, volunteer management and social media marketing. The program will provide networking opportunities not only to create a sense of community within the program, but also to promote the professional development of each student.

Students interested in applying should visit and choose Programs, Education then Young Ambassadors of Pennsylvania or contact Kylie McCutcheon at 724-836-4121 x114 or [email protected]

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Announces Summer Music Program

The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Music Department recently announced that its 41st annual summer music program will be held June 21-July 14 at Strath Haven Middle School. Students entering ninth through 12th grade next year are encouraged to participate in band, orchestra, jazz group lessons and ensembles, as well as children’s choir and enrichment lessons music such as the start of the ukulele, bucket drums, steel pans, etc.

The summer music program also includes an evening program for secondary schools and adult concert bands. For more information or to register, visit or contact Henry Pearlberg – [email protected]

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