Parkland Press

Monday, September 25, 2017

Students participate in Math 24 Challenge

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in School

Before the end of this past school year, the Math 24 Challenge for students in grades six to eight took place at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit No. 21, Schnecksville.

Students from Carbon and Lehigh counties showed their skills through friendly competition.

“Math 24 is based on numbers, accuracy, mental math and speed,” Jordan Gruber, media facilitator with CLIU 21 said.

The Math 24 Game encourages critical thinking.

Students are given a series of numbers and are tasked with finding a solution wherein the numbers equal 24.

Parkland High School hosts International Food Night

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in School

As part of last year’s school year, Parkland High School celebrated World Language Week from Feb. 27 through March 3.

Geared toward promoting acceptance and increasing global awareness, world language week celebrates the diversity of Parkland students while also promoting language learning.

The week’s events included an after-school Mardi Gras party, a cultural dress day, and restaurant night with friends and family.

Media focus on MDA with death of Jerry Lewis

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The unexpected death of actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, 91, on Sunday put media focus on the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lewis, who served as national chairman and hosted the MDA’s annual telethon fundraiser every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010, helped raise more than $2.6 billion for the organization.

The MDA ended the telethon in 2015, transitioning from a 21-and-a-half hour show in 2010, Lewis’ last year, to a six-hour show in 2011, three hours the next year and two hours in both 2013 and 2014.

Loved ones remembered with butterfly release

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release.

The heat that day in June did not, however, wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, having events such as Hearts of Hope and Veterans Day services.

There’s no ‘Doubt,’ POTS’ play certain to be a hit

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Stepping away from the norm, Players of the Stage has been hard at work rehearsing for its June 22-24 production of “Doubt” at Relevant Church, Allentown.

A small troupe of four actors sets this play apart from previous Players of the Stage production.

The all-adult cast takes on challenging issues in a performance that gets to the heart of human uncertainty.

“What do you do when you’re not sure?” asks Father Flynn during the sermon in the opening scene of “Doubt.”

Class of 2017 says a ‘proper goodbye’ to Parkland High School

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Looking forward to the future while appreciating the past was a theme that ran throughout the Parkland High School Class of 2017 graduation June 12 at PPL Center, Allentown.

In front of a full house crowd of family and friends, the students marched two-by-two in procession to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” played by Parkland’s High School Band, until the last of the 773 red-and-gray clad soon-to-be graduates sat neatly in rows, nearly filling the floor of the venue.

Parkland schools collect food for Second Harvest to help combat hunger in the community

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in School

Team work was the word for the day as representatives from all Parkland schools converged at the high school recently to help wrap pallets filled with various foodstuffs.

These pallets were then loaded onto trucks and taken to Second Harvest Food Bank, Nazareth. This 12th annual event was a district-wide effort in combatting hunger in the community.

In the month prior to the massive food delivery, students and staff from each of the eight elementary, two middle schools and the high school were encouraged to donate non-perishable canned or boxed food items.

Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Students showcase scientific research at Parkway Manor

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in School

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade independently researched and then showcased their scientific inquiries through several project categories at the recent Parkway Manor Elementary Science Fair.

The “Engineering, Invention and Demonstration” category involved making a model, such as a volcano or slime.

Students read science-based material and presented their findings by making colorful and informative poster boards in the “Exploring Science Through Reading” category.

Board OKs location of pavilion

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The location of the Ironton Rail Trail pavilion was debated by supervisors and members of the IRT committee during the March 6 North Whitehall Township supervisors meeting.

IRT representatives told supervisors that after meeting with Township Manager Jeff Bartlett and the township engineer, it was recommended the pavilion be erected on the east end of the parking lot where the land is flat.

Supervisor Steve Pany had some concerns about the safety there due to the closeness of the ball fields.