Harry "Bud" Bowe, a former

Norwood Elementary School

teacher who taught learning-disabled children for 22 years, received the Helen B. Simyak Tutor of the Year Award from the Delaware County Literacy Council last month.

Bowe, a Folsom resident who left the Interboro School District in 1990, began volunteering as an English as a Second Language instructor at Woodlyn Baptist Church in 1998. He later served on the Delaware County Literacy Council's teaching staff, and has been a volunteer tutor for the past two years.

The Chester native graduated from St. James High School in 1943, and served as a signalman aboard a landing vessel during the third wave of the D-Day invasion in World War II.

The Delaware County Literacy Council, located at 2217 Providence Rd. in Chester, provides individual and small-group literacy instruction to English language learners and non- and low-reading adults.

For more information on the services offered or to become a volunteer, call 610-876-4811 or visit

» READ MORE: www.delcoliteracy.org


Widener University

is offering $50,000 in scholarships to adult learners in the Philadelphia region who re-enroll in college.

Widener's University College, a division of part-time adult undergraduate students, recently received a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation to fund Reentry Scholarships to aid adult learners who have experienced a significant gap in their pursuit of higher education.

The college plans to give individuals $2,000 scholarships, Widener University Dean Emily Richardson said.

More than 80,000 Philadelphians ages 25 to 45 enrolled in college at some point but did not graduate, according to a recent report published by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, visit

» READ MORE: www.widener.edu/uc

or call Nicole Ritterbeck at 610-499-4282.

Ridley High School


Springfield High School

were two of 30 schools from across the country that participated last month in the "Stand Up, Speak Out, Lend a Hand" videoconference, which featured Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein.

Each school was able to submit five questions for Klein, a native of Poland whose entire family, save for one uncle in Turkey, died after Germany invaded her homeland in 1939. Only 12 questions were chosen for the conference.

Ridley freshman Nicole Brewstowski asked about the competing desires for revenge and forgiveness among survivors, and Springfield junior Salena Binnig questioned how Klein stayed positive as she was moved into ghettos, then forced-labor camps.

The approximate 75 Ridley students and 40 Springfield ones who participated in the event had prepared by studying the Holocaust in class and reading


, Elie Wiesel's autobiographical Holocaust novel


The Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation offered the "Stand Up, Speak Out, Lend a Hand" program to allow students to hear first-hand about the Holocaust, to investigate the social issues surrounding it, and then to design and implement a service learning project that will address issues in their own community.

For more information on the program, visit

» READ MORE: www.magpi.net/programs/klein.html


John Alston,

Swarthmore College

associate professor of music, will direct 75 young singers at the Chester Children's Chorus Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the First Pentecostal Holy Church, 324 Pusey St., Chester.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Limited off-street parking is available across from the church.

For more information, contact Andrea Knox at 610-328-8180 or

» READ MORE: aknox1@swarthmore.edu


College-bound high school seniors have less than a week to enter the Beneficial Scholars Program essay contest sponsored by Philadelphia-based Beneficial Bank.

The program, which awards $45,000 in scholarships to six students, is accepting entries until Friday from seniors in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.

Students are asked to write an essay describing what they think is the most important issue facing their community, and how they would respond to this concern.

The winning writer will receive a $20,000 scholarship, and five runners-up will receive $5,000 scholarships. Judging will be done by a panel of area business and community leaders and educators.


» READ MORE: www.thebeneficial.com

for an entry form.

- Ed Mahon
and Matt Sandy