Radnor High School

students are trying to collect 1,200 books by Jan. 30 for an elementary school in Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in Africa. Students are also collecting National Geographic-style folding maps and teacher resources.

Lori Barsh, a Radnor High School social studies teacher, persuaded her ninth-grade western civilization students to mount the book drive after she and her family had visited Ezulwini Primary School in 2006 in Swaziland, which is located within South Africa.

Radnor High School students David Blickwedel, Hannah Edelmann, Julia Gramiak, Kate Hanrahan, Sarah Jeong and Adam Shrager recently talked about the country and asked students at Ithan Elementary School to donate at least one book they enjoyed when they were younger.

The high school students hope to visit the Radnor district's two other elementary schools.

To donate books or postage money, contact Barsh at

» READ MORE: lori.barsh@rtsd.org



Lower Merion School Board

unanimously voted last month to extend the search for a new superintendent. Jamie Savedoff, now in his fifth year as superintendent, has agreed to stay through the school year or until a permanent replacement is found.

Savedoff had been scheduled to retire at the end of February 2008.


Episcopal Academy Middle School's

Model UN team took home two awards at the 12th Model U.N. Conference of the Greater Washington Center for International Affairs, held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. last month. About 240 students attended the conference.

Charlie Kinzig won the Best Delegate Award for participants in the inaugural Joint Crisis Committee for China and Taiwan. The eighth grader from Newtown Square portrayed the Chinese propaganda minister.

In the scenario, Kinzig and his colleagues dealt with escalations such as a Chinese blockade on Taiwan, a Taiwanese deployment of ships to challenge the blockade, simultaneous Tibetan demands for independence, riots in China's western provinces and negative reactions from the world community.

Seventh grader Akaash Agarwal from King of Prussia won Honorable Mention for his portrayal of the sole Ugandan representative to the African Union.

Seventh graders Anthony Thai from Philadelphia and Peter Green from Bryn Mawr designed improved tsunami-warning and relief systems as Sri Lankan representatives to the World Health Organization.

Eighth graders Henry Coote from St. David's, Sophia Zahan from Wayne and Allison Murdoch from Malvern helped with research and contributed proposals, but were unable to attend the conference because of scheduling conflicts.

Raymond McFall was named principal of

Marple Newtown High School

, where he has been an assistant principal for three years. On Jan. 2, he'll take over for John Sanville, who is leaving to become the Director of Secondary Education in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

McFall has been an educator since 1995. The Ridley native taught math and computer science and was also the dean of students for a year at Ridley High School before coming to Marple Newtown High. He lives in Springfield with his wife, Joanne, and their two daughters.

He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and a master's in secondary mathematics from Widener University, where he is now a doctoral candidate.

Students from

Episcopal Academy


Haverford School


Agnes Irwin School

in Rosemont collected more than 20,000 cans for Pine Street Community Center, which distributes goods to food banks throughout Philadelphia. The students also raised $6,800 for the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness.

An 18-wheel tractor-trailer picked up and delivered the cans that were stored in Episcopal's Chapel in Merion.

- Ed Mahon