Author: Katie Kohler

25 Years of Raising a Village

Women’s and Children’s Health Services celebrates improved maternal and birth outcomes with week of events Women’s and Children’s Health Services in Delaware County believes it takes a village to help a mother birth a healthy baby. During the week of September 11th they thanked various members of their village by hosting a week-long series of events to celebrate twenty-five years of serving and partnering with families to help the youngest citizens get off to the best possible start in life. “You don’t reach that landmark successfully without partnering with other organizations,” said Katie Kenyon, Community Development Coordinator. “It’s all...

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Trump aide Conway visits Delco

Kellanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price M.D. visited the Mirmont Treatment Center on Friday as a part of a listening to learn from those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Price also announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an additional $144.1 million in grants to prevent and treat opioid addiction in support of President Trump’s commitment to combat the opioid crisis. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will administer the grants. “Those supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts in our local...

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Leaders call for unions to help kids

On the day after Labor Day, Congressmen Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) focused their efforts on jobs. They joined area labor leaders at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 654 in Boothwyn to call on Congress to pass legislation the lawmakers authored that will make apprenticeships more affordable for individuals seeking a skills-based education. They are making a bipartisan push for passage of H.R. 3395, the 529 Opening Paths to Invest in Our Nation’s Students (OPTIONS) Act, which enables individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs to fund tools and equipment for the program out of a “529”...

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Officials sang praises of new grant funds for music programs

hen it comes to musical performances, audiences often want the best seat in the house, which is usually front and center. To determine the importance of music to a school district, Tina Vafiadis is in the prime location. Vafiadis, music teacher and band director of Ridley High School, stands front and center, guiding students through… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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District hosts back-to-school rally

The beginning of the school year means freshly sharpened pencils, crisp white pages of a notebook, and new beginnings. For the Chester Upland School District (CUSD), the first school bell of the 2017-2018 school year offers another chance to right the long-time underperforming ship under new leadership. After serving in the interim role, Dr. Juan Baughn was named superintendent in July. “I expect to have a focus on student learning,” Baughn told The Spirit in a July interview. “We must make sure that our students are college and career ready, but the difference for me is that I want them...

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