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STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHUYLKILL ACTION NETWORK SOURCE WATER PROTECTION AWARD The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department recently recognized a group of students from the Philadelphia University School of Science and Health in their efforts to manage storm water drainage in the area. The students were among four recipients of the Schuylkill Action Network Source Water Protection awards in a ceremony at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. The students partnered with the Philadelphia Water Department in a project to manage the overflow of storm water on the banks of the Wissahickon River. Their activity is part of a larger partnership with eight other universities in the area, working together to improve drinking-water quality and reduce storm water runoff. This project is supported by the Philadelphia Water Department, East Falls Tree Tenders, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Fairmount Park, and the Schuylkill Action Network. Executive Director of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Nancy Venner, recognized the students for their exceptional work. “You all represent our future leaders in environmental protection,” she said. “What you are doing is vitally important, and all of these projects add up to make a huge difference in our area.” Others receiving awards were the Worcester Elementary School, Albert M. Greenfield School, and Perkiomen Valley High School. 

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy alumni Taylor Stabler’06 (Abington) and current Mount Saint Joseph Academy graduating senior was the featured speaker at NFA’s spring Recognition Assembly. Taylor, the Mount’s 2010 Vocal Scholar, will be attending Wagner College in New York City where she received a Presidential Scholarship and has been accepted into their Theater and Honors Programs.  She became involved in the theater at an early age starring in many NFA Drama Club presentations and community productions.  In addition, she participated in the Mount’s fall musical shows for the past four years, as well as many community service opportunities including organizing “Bread for Life” which benefited impoverished women in Uganda.  She also emceed “Café Night”, an event where local performers were featured at the Chestnut Hill Tea Bar, and proceeds were donated to the Mount’s Project Sew which sponsors the educations of women in Tambacounda, Senegal. In her remarks, Taylor said to the students, “Norwood-Fontbonne Academy plants the seed for a child to grow into a young adult who…is able to transcend differences in pursuit of a common vision for peace and social justice… and who has a burning desire to make an impact on the world.”


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