The students will display their service projects at a convocation tomorrow at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. More than 500 students from about 85 area high schools participated in the program.
ON THE AGENDA * ``Motivating Young People to Succeed'' is the topic of a free workshop from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Indian Crest Junior High School, 139 Harleysville Pike, Souderton. The speaker is educational consultant Thom Stecher. For information, call 215-723-9193.
* The ninth annual St. Francis of Assisi Carnival, with games, rides, food and raffles, will take place next week in Norristown. The carnival, a benefit for St. Francis of Assisi School and church, is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday. There also will be afternoon hours on April 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The church is at Marshall and Buttonwood Streets. For information, call 610-272-0402.
* Runners and walkers are encouraged to help in the fight against cystic fibrosis during the Griffin Great Strides Saturday at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley. The 5-mile run and 2-mile walk are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to collect money from sponsors before the event. The registration fee of $13 includes a T-shirt. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. race day. Medals will be awarded to winners. For information, call 215-646-7300, Ext. 204.
* The second annual Crusader Celebration is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Ave. Tickets, which include dancing, buffet dinner, beer, wine and soda, are $17.50. Proceeds from the celebration will benefit the school's computer lab. For information, call 215-362-1730.
* Watercolors, oils and graphics by Susan Maxfield, a 1962 graduate of Abington Friends School, are on display in the school's Josephine Muller Gallery through May 4. The exhibit, ``A Pond, a Creek and a Back Yard,'' features landscapes by the Massachusetts artist. Abington Friends School is at 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown. For information, call 215-886-4350.
* Graduates of St. Matthew High School, which served students in Conshohocken, and St. Patrick High School, which was in Norristown, are invited to a Mass and reception Sunday. Graduates of the Class of 1948 will be singled out at the Golden Anniversary Celebration. Mass is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at St. Matthew's Church, Third Avenue and Fayette Street, Conshohocken. Cocktails and dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Catering Hall, 1339 Sandy Hill Rd., Norristown. Tickets are $40 per person. For information, call Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School at 610-275-8862.
OPEN HOUSE * Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley will conduct an open house for the graduate education and nursing programs Thursday. Administrators and teachers will be on hand to discuss the graduate programs from 6 to 8 p.m. in Assumption Hall. The school is on Sumneytown Pike, between Routes 309 and 202. For information on the graduate education program, call 215-646-7300, Ext. 561. For information on the graduate nursing program, call 215-646-7300, Ext. 502.
HEAD OF THE CLASS * The science team from Arcola Intermediate School in Lower Providence took a number of first-place awards in regional competitions. Eighth grader Amy D'Onofrio and sixth grader Alexa Haines won first place at the Montgomery County Science Research Competition at Ursinus College last month. The team placed third in the competition. D'Onofrio and Haines, along with eighth grader Rebecca Byron, seventh graders Steven Berry and Neil Mittal, and sixth grader Neal Amin, presented their projects last week at the Delaware Valley Science Fair at the Fort Washington Expo Center.
D'Onofrio, Mittal, seventh grader Katie Hayes, and eighth grader Mike LaSorda will go on to compete at the state competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science in May after winning first place at an oral competition in February in Ambler. At the oral competition, sixth grader Haines was singled out for receiving a perfect score for her presentation on zoology.
The team of science students is under the direction of Stephen Marcheski and Sue Bigham, both science teachers at Arcola.
* Fifty-five students from Lansdale Catholic High School competed in a regional robotics competition last month. The student team, working with parents, faculty and engineers from Visteon Automotive Systems in Lansdale, built a robot that placed 19th out of 48th in the competition at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The robot had to pick up balls and place them on rails in a timed event. The 1998 U.S. First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Service and Technology) competition was established to introduce students to careers in engineering. Sharon Williams, head of Lansdale Catholic's science department, was the team adviser.
CLASS NOTES * Glenside-Weldon Elementary School conducted a multicultural night last month celebrating diversity in the school and community. The event featured entertainment by the students and community, ethnic food prepared by parents, and displays of photographs, books and crafts made by the families. Pat Althouse, second-grade teacher, coordinated the event.
SUMMER PROGRAM * A colonial summer camp, geared to children 8 to 10, will take place at the Morgan Log House in Kulpsville. The camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon July 13 to 17. Children will learn about growing up during the early 18th century through toys, games, cooking and storytelling. Attendance is limited. The cost is $75. To register, call 215-368-2480.
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