Springfield High School

's annual Celebration of the Arts will feature student projects in the visual arts, graphics, photography, sculpture, ceramics, music, drama, technology and design, and works from the school's nationally recognized fine-woodworking program.

The free event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 49 W. Leamy Ave. The program will be simulcast live on Springfield Educational Television and at

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Parking is limited at the high school. Shuttle services will be provided from three Springfield schools:

Scenic Hills Elementary

at 235 Hillview Dr.,

Sabold Elementary

at 468 E. Thomson Ave., and

E.T. Richardson Middle School

at 20 W. Woodland Ave. Shuttles are scheduled to run every 30 minutes from 6:45 to 10 p.m.

For more information, contact Gary J. Mattei at 610-938-6006 or at

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More than 400 pieces of student work will be displayed at

Ridley High School

's annual Spring Exhibit starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Student work from the applied career technology department will be highlighted. Family and consumer sciences students will be featured through their cake decorating entries and their fashion show, which will begin at 7:30 in the auditorium.

The art department will showcase sculpture, painting, crafts, drawing and textiles. The technology education department will exhibit student efforts in woodworking, drafting, computer graphics and design.

The free event will take place at 901 Morton Ave. in Folsom. For more information, call 610-237-8034, Ext. 1200.

Principal Ed Speer, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy, has hosted a variety of veterans as speakers at the annual Memorial Day program at

Beverly Hills Middle School

: an Army nurse who served in Vietnam, a survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, a congressional Medal of Honor recipient, an Iraq war veteran.

In the 15th year of the outdoor service, to be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Speer will welcome a first: a former student.

Army Specialist Ryan Casey, who served in Iraq from August 2006 until November 2007, graduated from Beverly Hills Middle School and

Upper Darby High School

. He is in the Army Reserves and lives in Upper Darby.

Retired Sgt. First Class Thomas Leonard, of Upper Darby, and two middle school students also will speak. Members of the Media Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3046 and the Marine Corps League Gen. Smedley D. Butler Detachment 741 of Newtown Square also will attend. School music bands will perform, and veterans on the school staff will be recognized.

The event, free to the public, will take place rain or shine at the school, 1400 Garrett Rd., Upper Darby. For more information, call the school at 610-626-9317.

Widener Law

has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with a 2008 Pro Bono Award for work done by students at senior centers in Upper Darby, Chester, Lansdowne and Ridley Township.

Widener Law associate professor Nathaniel C. Nichols of Media, director of the law school's clinical programs, accepted the honor May 5 in Harrisburg.

Five Widener students, including 2008 graduate Nicholas Papademetriou of Boothwyn, volunteered through the school's Public Interest Resource Center. They spoke to groups of seniors about debt collection, and interviewed them for possible representation by the Pennsylvania Civil Law Clinic, run out of Widener's Delaware law campus in Wilmington and overseen by Nichols.

- Ed Mahon