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GREEN THUMBS EARN GOV.’s PRAISE Norwood Fontbonne Academy 6th grade “Green Team” members, Lisa-Marie Burckhardt (Mt. Airy) and Luke Forrence, add water and recycled wood-chip mulch to a young sassafras sapling. The children were among more than 60 energetic and dedicated environmentalists who gathered to continue work on Norwood-Fontbonne Academy’s native-plant gardens.  Under the direction of Dave Cavanaugh, parent alum and landscape architect, helpers loaded buckets of wood chips (which came from the removal of dead trees on school grounds) into a wheelbarrow, and this supply was poured onto an ever-growing, winding walking path on the Fontbonne campus.  It was for efforts like this that Governor Edward Rendell this week recognized the NFA students and staff for their active participation in Pennsylvania’s Earth Day 40 Schools Challenge.  In bestowing this honor he said, “There is no doubt that the 21 schools taking the Earth Day 40 Challenge fulfilled the goals outlined when this initiative began – to have young people take actions and inspire each of us to do the same for our environment.  From your generation will come the environmental leaders of tomorrow.  Your creative projects show our planet will be in good hands.”

GFS middle school students planted flowers and weeded at the YMCA of Germantown on their Day of Community Service:  (from left) Jeremy Middleman, Clara Wattenbarger, Ben Folk-Sullivan, Kennedey Broughton, YMCA assistant executive director Maurice Walls, Joshua Rosenfeld, history teacher Mary Bear Shannon, Rachel Rost, Kara Pride, Maja Kramer and Jack. Moseley.

Mr. F. Dring Wetherill of Blue Bell, and Mrs. Hugh Sargent of Gwynedd Valley are proud to announce the wedding of their daughter, Leason R. Wetherill to Christopher D. Cercy, son of Mr. and Mrs Ronald Cercy of Bethpage, N.Y. They were married on May 1 at the Ocean Club in Nassau. Chris is a graduate of Bethpage High School and Syracuse University.  He is employed by Cantor Fitzgerald as director of capital markets in New York City.  Leason graduated from Germantown Academy and Marymount Manhattan and is a master’s candidate at New York University in clinical nutrition and dietetics.  The couple resides in New York City. 

BACK TO NATURE Students at J.S. Jenks Elementary School performed “Ask the Planet” on Wednesday, May 19, in the auditorium.  All of the songs on “Ask the Planet” were written with the hope of teaching kids about biomimicry, which is the process of learning from and then emulating nature’s genius to create more sustainable designs. It’s studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell or studying an electric eel to make a better battery,  “Biomimicry introduces an era based not on what we can extract from the natural world, but what we can learn from it,” said Janine Benyus, author of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.”


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