Local

high school students

who have worked to improve race relations in their communities this year are invited to apply for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, which will award $1,000 to one local student.

This is the third year that Princeton alumni will look to honor a Philadelphia-area student who has built bridges, so to speak, within his or her community.

The contest is open to high school students in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties who have volunteered their time to advance race relations in 2007.

"A group of interested alumni and administrators felt very strongly that there ought to be a way to recognize this kind of work, and foster this kind of leadership in young people," said Rebecca Ayars, member of the committee of Princeton alumni that will select the winner.

The prize, organized and funded by Princeton alumni, started five years ago in just Boston and Washington D.C., and has expanded to 21 metropolitan locations this year.

The application must be completed by the student and a non-related adult (teacher, religious leader, etc.) and submitted by Jan. 31. For more information or an application, visit princeton.edu/PrincetonPrize, or call 610.765.6810.

- Will Hobson

Nine upper-grade students from

Delaware Valley Friends School

in Paoli helped Early Head Start distribute free toys to Philadelphia children on Dec. 20.

The students traveled from Paoli to Early Head Start on 48th Street and Haverford Road in West Philadelphia, where they delivered and cleaned donated toys. They also spent time playing with children and serving lunch to Philadelphia families.

Toys were donated by the students, parents, staff and others connected to the coeducational Quaker school for students with learning differences.

Submissions are being accepted from

middle-school students

for amateur 30-second radio and television public service announcements that discourage drug use.

The winning team will participate in a three-day event in May at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pa. The victorious students will produce professionally their public-service announcement, which will be aired on television and radio stations throughout the state.

The first "Sound Off: Pennsylvania's Drug Prevention Television/Radio Public Service Announcement Contest" is sponsored by the Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug Program and Drug Free Pennsylvania.

Registration is due by Feb. 15, and submissions must be received by April 20. The winners also will be recognized at the Media Literacy Conference in June in Harrisburg.

For more information, visit

, or contact the Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug Program at 717-861-2857 or

» READ MORE: ddr@counterdrug.org

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The contest is open to public, private and home-educated middle-school students in Pennsylvania.

- Ed Mahon