Students from

Souderton Charter School Collaborative

returned last weekend from a trip to Washington, where they were cited for being the Best Overall entry in the 2007 Space Day National Design competition.

Fifteen seventh and eighth graders attended an autograph party with NASA astronauts, and participated in an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

There, they displayed and discussed their winning submission: the Extreme Explorer with Repelling Crater Crawler, a vehicle that would enable astronauts to explore moon craters.

Children entering second through sixth grade can attend GlaxoSmithKline's Science in the Summer, a free, experiment-oriented course taught at local libraries.

More than 140 libraries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties are participating.

Courses, which vary from county to county, include topics such as physical science and oceanography. Lessons are taught in four 45-minute to 60-minute classes by certified teachers. Fifteen students are in each class.

The program runs from late June to the beginning of August. Registration starts in May.

For registration information, visit or a local library.

Students at St. Philip Neri School in East Greenville collected money, beans, rice, laundry detergent, cereal and other items last month for Missionary Sisters of Charity, a Norristown shelter for homeless mothers and children.

The school's Student Council delivered the donations to the group.

Arcadia University in Glenside announced that of the school's 420 graduating seniors, 204 have earned credits abroad, spending a semester or more overseas or participating in summer or short-term experiences involving international travel.

Through its Center for Education Abroad, the university allows students to spend a semester overseas in programs in 13 countries.

Registration for summer courses has opened at Gwynedd-Mercy College. The summer programs include courses in business, biology, math, English, psychology, sociology, education, nursing and more.

The Summer I session will begin May 21, followed by the Summer II session on July 2. Students may register up to the day that classes start.

To register, visit the registrar's office in Campbell Hall on campus, 1325 Sumneytown Pike in Gwynedd Valley. For more information about summer registration and tuition, visit or call the registrar's office at 215-646-7300, Ext. 435 or 437.

The Spring-Ford Area School District will host a Festival of the Arts on Friday and Saturday at Spring-Ford High School.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Spring-Ford High School Music Department will present a jazz band concert in the high school auditorium. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students' art will be on display, and drama club members will perform monologues.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the freshman concert band, symphonic concert band and wind ensemble will present a concert.

All events are free to the public. The high school is at 350 S. Lewis Rd., Royersford. To learn more, contact Robyn Burckhardt at or 610-705-6001, Ext. 1627.

- Erica Lamberg and Bonnie L. Cook