January 25, 2013
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why are so many public-school students needlessly going hungry? Only 35 percent of New Jersey's 471,714 children eligible for a free or reduced-price meal received breakfast at school last year. That's among the lowest participation rates in the country. New Jersey ranks 46th in the number of low-income students who get breakfast at school. Pennsylvania is 36th. Nationally, only about 50 percent of students in the reduced or free lunch program eat a school breakfast.
September 30, 2000 |
Sarah E. Dougherty, 77, a dedicated nurse who became head of New Jersey's school nurses in the 1980s, died Monday at Manor Care nursing facility in West Deptford after a short battle with lung cancer. She was a lifelong resident of Harrison Township and was born in Mullica Hill. Miss Dougherty was a registered nurse who began as a surgical nurse. She became a school nurse and eventually headed school health services for the New Jersey Department of Education. During World War II, Miss Dougherty was a surgical nurse at Cooper Hospital in Camden.
March 7, 2012
In the second incident of its kind in just over a week, a student in a Philadelphia school shot a classmate with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon and was suspended and arrested, authorities said. School District spokesman Fernando Gallard said a seventh grader brought a plastic pellet gun to Henry A. Brown Academic Plus School, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade facility at Sergeant and Jasper Streets in Kensington. The student shot a classmate in the back of the head about 11:30 a.m., officials said.
May 7, 1992 |
Public school students are not the only ones affected by West Chester's plan to cut back its nursing staff. So too are the four parochial schools and one private school located within the West Chester Area School District. Bishop Shanahan, because of its size, would probably retain its school nurse under the proposed plan to cut the nursing staff from 21 to 10. West Chester Friends School and three parochial elementary schools - Saint Agnes, SS. Philip and James, and SS. Simon and Jude - would share nurses.
March 1, 2012 |
About 200 people organized by Occupy Philadelphia protested state funding cuts for education outside School District headquarters Thursday afternoon. Some speakers addressed other issues, but the main thrust was education during the rally of Occupy protesters and union leaders at 440 N. Broad St. Gov. Corbett's proposed budget would eliminate $21 million in funding - mainly used for full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten programs - for the Philadelphia School District.
June 24, 1991 |
Mary Brewster, 66, a school nurse who raised three children alone while earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Temple University, died Friday at her home in Northeast Philadelphia. "Her life was never easy," said her daughter, Mary Brewster Innes. "She could have sat around feeling sorry for herself, but she never did. " Mrs. Brewster was raised in the Holmesburg section of the city. She was a devout Catholic who attended Mass every Sunday and believed in the power of prayer.
May 10, 2011 |
A Delaware woman who allegedly hit her son several times with an extension cord for taking a check to buy a book faces felony assault and child endangerment charges, according to New Castle County police. Arrested was Serena Wardlaw, 42, of the unit block of Briarcliff Drive in the Overview Gardens, a community in the New Castle area. The 9-year-old boy told a school nurse about the incident after she asked about his injured arm. He had taken a check, hoping to buy a book at a school fair, and Wardlaw apparently got so upset, "she then struck him several times about his body with an extension cord," according to police.
February 22, 1988 |
One was picked for cheerfully driving a school bus, another for helping a new student feel welcome, and a third for finding innovative ways to keep children interested in school. Those acts - performed by a school bus driver, a school nurse and a kindergarten teacher this year - captured the appreciation of a group of Chester County parents. They are the little things parents said made a big difference in their children's lives. At an award ceremony called the "Gift of Time Tribute" the parents honored area school workers for their warmth toward children.
May 21, 1992 |
Round three on the proposed 1992-93 school budget for West Chester schools Monday produced new ways to pare spending that would save most school nurse positions and keep the elementary instrumental music program intact. Superintendent Thomas Kent gave the board several new proposals to consider that would save the district more than $500,000. The meeting was the third in a series of hearings on the budget of $77.1 million, which represents a 6.7 percent increase. Kent told the board that through redistricting and refining staff positions, he was able to reduce the teaching staff by four for a savings of $250,000, which accounted for the biggest portion of the proposed reductions.
February 15, 1992 |
Jessie Mark Luong, 67, who spent her life watching out for others as a school nurse, missionary nurse and community activist in Chinatown, died Wednesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She had been in a coma since Sunday, when smoke from fireworks at a Chinese New Year celebration triggered an asthma attack that shut down her breathing passages. "She was running in and out of our restaurant, taking pictures and entertaining guests," said her sister, Juliana Mark-Le.