Katie Chasar of Upper Gwynedd Township won four gold medals in the 2007 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation Junior World Championships earlier this month in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Chasar, who has spina bifida, was the only Pennsylvania resident to compete with Team USA. A sophomore at Springside School in Philadelphia, Chasar, 15, participated in wheelchair track and field as well as swimming.

She earned seven medals in swimming: gold in the 100-meter freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, and silver in the 400 freestyle relay, the 50 breaststroke, and the 400 individual medley relay.

The Bridge Conference, a transition event designed to help incoming high school boys make critical connections necessary for success, will be held Saturday for eighth-grade boys from the Norristown Area School District.

The conference is being planned by student members of 180 Degrees, an organization within the high school that was started by the Norristown Area Alliance of Black Educators to help young men of color reach their full academic potential.

The name, 180 Degrees, signifies that the boys are taking charge of circumstances within their control and turning things around for themselves.

Activities will be held at Eisenhower Middle School, 1601 Markley St., Norristown, and will include workshops and a basketball tournament. Organizers of the conference are hoping for food and prize donations.

For more information, or to make donations, call Arthur Mitchell at 610-630-5144.

More than 400 students in kindergarten through fifth grade from Stony Creek Elementary School in Whitpain Township received hands-on science lessons recently when the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab visited the school.

The mobile lab allowed students to learn about the environment through interactive experiments. The visit was funded by the Stony Creek Parent Teacher Association.

In the lab, students performed experiments that focused on farm, food, fiber and the environment. The experiments included making crayons from soybeans, testing water capacity of different soils, and studying seed germination under various conditions.

The event was planned to commemorate Earth Day.

The Abington School District has received two grants totaling $85,000.

The first, for $5,000, is earmarked for a memorial at Schwarzman Stadium at Abington Senior High School to honor veterans of all wars. Also, an $80,000 grant will support Cyber Cafes and Technology Opportunity Centers in the district. With the funds, the district plans to buy laptop computers, split equally between the junior high and senior high school.

Both grants were secured by State Rep. Josh Shapiro through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Student teams from North Penn High School, Upper Merion Area High School, and Souderton Area High School joined more than 150 students from across Pennsylvania recently in a regional event of the National Economics Challenge.

Economic Challenge competitions are held across the nation in 34 states. During the competition, students answered questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and current events.

The meeting included 15 high schools from across the state. Students competed in the David Ricardo Division, for those who have an economics component in their social studies or business education course, or the Adam Smith Division, for those who take a full-year economics course.

In the Adam Smith division, which included 16 teams, teams from Souderton placed third and fifth. In the David Ricardo division, which included 15 teams, a North Penn team placed third, and teams from Upper Merion placed fourth and sixth.

The event was sponsored locally by Economics Pennsylvania, a nonprofit economic and financial literacy organization.

- Erica Lamberg