A 19-year-old Parkland High School student was given a unique opportunity with help from school staff and state and local agencies to work in an art studio.
Ajai Lanathan, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, attends the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Lifehouse program, the IU workshop, and the breakfast and crafts program.
He also wipes tables at Applebee’s and now he can add Art Fusion in Whitehall to his work-based learning jobs.
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Some recent high school and college graduates need more than their diploma to pursue their careers in Pennsylvania.
Some may need a professional license issued by the commonwealth, and State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, and his district office staff can help them acquire it.
“My staff and I are here to assist recent graduates in their efforts to get the state licenses they need to begin their new professions,” Day said. “We want to help graduates so they can acquire the licenses they need to find good-paying jobs and start their careers.”
Debbie Barhight, conservation chair for the Parkland Garden Club, recently visited with Cetronia Elementary School first graders.
She discussed the importance of trees to the environment.
The white spruce seedlings were provided by Pennsylvania Game Commission Howard Nursery in Centre County.
Barhight told the students how best to plant their trees either outside at home, or keep them inside until they have grown more.
Close to 100 first graders were at the presentation.
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Noah Erlemann, a member of the International Thespian Society, will attend the International Thespian Festival, which will feature student productions on four professional stages, provide hundreds of workshops and opportunities for students to audition for college admission and scholarships.
The ITS is an honor society of middle and high school students who participate in theater in their schools.
The festival will take place June 24-29 at the University of Nebraska.
Reva Gandhi, an eighth-grader at Springhouse Middle School, was named the winner of the 2019 Da Vinci Science Center Inventor’s Lab Most Patentable Idea Award.
Gandhi and 20 other young inventors participated in the Science Center’s eight-month-long Inventor’s Lab program, which challenges fifth through eighth graders in the Lehigh Valley to become inventors by defining a problem and solving it in a unique and novel way.
Each year, one student is selected to continue working with an attorney toward earning a U.S. Patent.