All seven schools in the

Colonial School District

recently held fund-raisers and collected donations to benefit the Adam C. Conboy Memorial Foundation, a tribute to fallen marine Lance Cpl. Adam C. Conboy of Philadelphia.

Conboy died in May 2006 while serving in Iraq. Earlier this month, administrators from the school district presented a check for $6,319.60 to Mary Conboy, his mother, for the benefit of one the foundation's programs, Operation Bedding, which purchases bed sheets and pillows for U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

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North Penn High School

principal Burt Hynes was named Pennsylvania State Thespian Conference Administrator of the Year during the 2007 Pennsylvania State Thespian conference, held earlier this month at Central York High School in York, Pa.

Hynes was cited for his support of the North Penn High School Theatre Department, the school's Thespian troupe and other performing arts at North Penn. At the conference, about 40 juniors and seniors from North Penn's Thespian troupe performed the dramatic play,

The Crucible

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Jeffrey Hagan, an

Upper Moreland High School

senior and cosmetology student at

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology

in Willow Grove, organized a hair clinic on Dec. 8 to benefit Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under 18 with long-term hair loss from any diagnosis.

About $180 was raised. "When I was younger, my mom always encouraged me to grow my hair long and donate it to Locks of Love," said Hagan. Eastern is a career school serving students in Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland.

Tickets are now available for a fund-raiser on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Westover Country Club in Jeffersonville to benefit

Perkiomen Valley High School

's post-prom party in April. Tickets for the fund-raiser, $40 per person, includes dinner and entertainment from Jerry Blavat, a Philadelphia radio personality and D.J. For details or to purchase tickets, call 610-489-4285 or e-mail

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Perkiomen Valley's post-prom party will be April 11 at the high school, after a combination junior and senior prom. The party's theme is "A Night in the Big Apple," and the school will be decorated to resemble Central Park, the New York Stock Exchange, Broadway, and other New York City attractions.

Last weekend students from a quilting group led by Norma Reichenbach-Nichols, an art teacher at

Hereford Elementary School

, part of the Upper Perkiomen School District, quilted and donated 25 additional quilts, for a total of 80 this year, to Trevor's place, a shelter for battered women and children in Philadelphia.

The group, Hereford Quilters, was formed last year by Reichenbach-Nichols and eight students from Hereford Elementary. It has grown to more than 25 quilters with students from Hereford, Marlborough Elementary School, Upper Perkiomen Middle School, and five home-schooled children within the district. Students worked on the quilts after school and on weekends.

Reichenbach-Nichols said donations of money and supplies including batting, embroidery floss and fabric will keep the project moving along.

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- Erica Lamberg