Stonehurst Hills Elementary School

in Upper Darby was one of 15 schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware to receive $1,000 through the McDonald's Go Active! Academic Awards Program.

Schools are honored for taking an original approach to enhancing fifth through eighth graders' physical fitness, nutrition awareness or health education.

Stonehurst was selected for its "Climb the Wall and Walk Tall" program. The winning schools have already begun implementing the programs, and will continue them through the 2008-09 school year.

About 340 students from

East Lansdowne Elementary School

participated in the "Enrichment Day of Service to Our School" May 23 to commemorate Memorial Day.

Teachers coordinated beautification projects in and around the school. Students planted flowers and trees and painted two murals. One mural, in the main hallway, welcomes visitors in various languages.

Ninth graders Anjelica Cervantes of Lansdowne and Danielle Morro of Media have been inducted into the Founders Award Program.

Eighteen other freshman women from the Philadelphia region were accepted into the program based on an essay, activities and recommendations.

Cervantes attends

Archbishop Prendergast High School

in Drexel Hill, and Morro attends

Archbishop John Carroll High School

in Radnor.

The program was established in 1956 as a memorial for and a tribute to the eight Philadelphia women who founded the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania in 1914.

Honorees are eligible for scholarships during their senior year of high school.

- Ed Mahon