Officials of the

Pennsbury School District

will realign the boundaries of five of the district's 11 elementary schools despite the concerns among scores of parents and residents.

The school board voted April 19 to implement the plan which will become effective in September. The plan will move 250 students from Edgewood Elementary School in Lower Makefield Township and Eleanor Roosevelt and Oxford Valley Elementary Schools in Falls.

Fallsington and Village Park Elementary Schools in Falls, along with Roosevelt, would receive transferred students from other schools. Students who will be fifth graders in September can chose to remain in their current school.

Earlier, parents with Concerned Parents and Taxpayers of the Pennsbury School District argued that the plan should be studied by a community advisory council and expressed concerns about class size and the need for further redistricting in the future.

Neshaminy School District students are participating in a series of charitable fund-raisers this spring including a benefit car wash on Saturday for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Ninth-grade business majors at Poquessing Middle School will wash cars from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at K-Mart, 176 W. Street Rd., Feasterville. The cost is $5.

Students at the Oliver Heckman Elementary School cut off some of their hair on Thursday to donate it to Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids, two charities that make wigs for children who have lost their hair because of serious illness.

Neshaminy High School students are raising funds as part of their participation in the Sunshine Foundation's "Fairy Godsisters" program. The students are helping to raise funds for Saudia Pasha, a seriously-ill four year-old girl whose dream is to visit Disney World with her family. The students kicked off their effort with a "Neshaminy Idol" talent competition on April 19.

The Tawanka Learning Center recently received an award from State Rep. Chris King (R., Bucks) for the school's ongoing work with Aid for Friends, which provides services to the frail elderly.

Students at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown earned a Gold Award at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge last month, competing against 28 teams from the the U.S. and Canada.

Team members Brian Forsythe, Tyler Wagner, Lane Innerst and Erin Magness toured and analyzed dairies, and then suggested a management plan at the contest in Sioux Falls, S.D. The team was coached by faculty members Todd Webb and Dr. John Plummer.

A family fun night to benefit Newtown fourth-grader Dana Demsko and her family will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. May 11 at the Newtown Athletic Club. Demsko, 10, has leukemia and friends and neighbors have started a "Go Dana!" campaign in an effort to provide support as the ten year-old battles her illness.

There will be an aqua obstacle course, crafts, makeovers, face painting and a puppet show. $10 adults, $5 children; $40 for families. The athletic club is 209 Penns Trail, Newtown. For information call 215-968-0600, x12.


Students at New Hope Academy in Lower Makefield were among the top competitors in the 2007 National High School (K-12) Chess Championship earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo.

Robert Kim, a sophomore, earned enough points to tie for third place in a field of 146 unrated players, but was technically awarded fifth place because of a tiebreaker formula. Dan Tecker and Andrew McCurdy, both juniors, tied for fourth in a skill-level category that included 310 competitors, but the tiebreaker placed them in seventh and tenth place, respectively.

- Kristin E. Holmes