Eighth graders at

Abrams Hebrew Academy

in Yardley presented a Torah to the Jerusalem police and another to representatives of the Israel Defense Forces last week as part of their class trip to Israel.

The Torah presented to the Israel Defense Forces was given to members of the unit in which Michael Levin of Holland, Bucks County, had served. Levin, 22, was killed in Lebanon last summer.

The 36 students and their chaperones presented the Torah at the Western Wall, where the students also received their Judaic studies diplomas during graduation ceremonies Thursday.

The Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators has won the Curtis Miles award as the outstanding chapter of the National Association of Developmental Education.

The state association is led by president Mary Ann Klicka of Solebury, a professor at Bucks County Community College. The Pennsylvania chapter received $2,500, and the award will be used to establish scholarships at area colleges and universities.

William Smith, a teacher at Bristol Junior-Senior High School, has won a $10,000 grant for a class project proposed as part of the Toyota Tapestry teacher-grant program.

The program awards grants annually for "excellence and innovation in science education." Smith was one of 50 U.S. teachers to receive grants. His students will investigate the micro-concentrations of iron in the ecosystem of the Otter Creek Watershed in Lower Bucks County.

Members of the Delaware Valley College Intercollegiate Dressage Team earned the bronze medal and High Point Rider Award during the 2007 National Championship Horse Show in Hackettstown, N.J.

The team, coached by Angelo Telatin, competed against 45 other equestrian teams at Centenary College. Team member Melody Broadbent was first in the Introductory Level Test Two category and earned the High Point Rider honor for achieving the highest test score among all riders. Allison Shulte, Shannon Kolesar and Katherine Fleeger placed in the top 10 of their categories.

The Makefield Area American Association of University Women has honored 40 seventh-grade girls for their achievements in science and math.

The annual award encourages young women to consider careers in science. Honorees were students in the Council Rock, Morrisville, Neshaminy and Pennsbury School Districts.

Rocket scientist Kimberly Palladino, recently back from doing research in the Antarctic, was a featured speaker at the ceremony at Charles Boehm Middle School in Lower Makefield.

Holy Family University in Newtown is collecting rosaries to send to American troops. The rosaries can be new or "gently used," and donors are encouraged to include a prayer or personal message with their donated rosary.

The rosaries will be collected through June 15. The Rev. Mark Hunt, a Holy Family professor, will bless the beads before they are sent overseas next month.

Donors may drop off the rosaries at the Newtown campus at 1 Campus Dr.; Holy Family University-Woodhaven, reception desk, 1311 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, or Holy Family University, Campus Center building, 9801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia.

People who know troops serving overseas may suggest someone to receive a rosary. For more information, call 267-341-4000 or e-mail crunowski@holyfamily.edu.

- Kristin E. Holmes