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Phoenixville, Chester County Intermediate Unit partner to open inclusive preschools

Phoenixville >> For preschoolers, learning to walk and talk isn’t always as easy as 1-2-3, especially for those with developmental delays. That’s why a new community partnership promises to help such children master certain skills that others their age may take for granted, while still keeping the two groups of students together. To provide all […]

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Downingtown school district to review bus routes

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EAST CALN >> Downingtown Area School Board members recently agreed to enter into a contract with Transfinder to evaluate all transportation routes for the school district. Richard Fazio, finance director for the Downingtown Area School District, said they are reviewing the bus routes with Transfinder to analyze and “maximize the efficiency of the route design.” […]

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Exton Elementary students coordinate donation drive

Exton Elementary

Coordinated by the student council, students at Exton Elementary School recently participated in a school-wide donation drive that benefitted local community outreach programs. Each grade was assigned a specific non-perishable food item (granola bars, macaroni and cheese packets, instant oatmeal, etc.) to donate as part of this community service project, which the school called Warm […]

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Downingtown to continue using ‘SafeStop’ app

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DOWNINGTOWN >> The Downingtown Area School board members last week agreed to another one-year contract to use an app called “Safestop.” The app allows parents to stay informed about their child’s school bus arrival and departure times. SafeStop bus locator app, an innovative mobile app, connects the district’s parents and its school officials with information […]

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Wolf signs 2-year halt in Keystone Exams’ graduation mandate

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HARRISBURG >> A requirement that Pennsylvania students pass the Keystone Exams to graduate high school is on hold for at least two years, although Gov. Tom Wolf says that doesn’t mean he’s against testing or accountability. The Democratic governor on Wednesday signed a bill putting the tests’ graduation requirement on ice until the 2018-19 academic […]

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West Chester East student coordinates donation drive

Stuffed Animals

Johnny Wansink is an eleventh-grade student at West Chester East High School, and he recently helped make the time hundreds of children spend at the hospital a little brighter. Through the coordination of a donation drive he created, every patient at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children received a stuffed animal over the holidays. Read […]

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3 Downingtown schools donate socks to ‘Joy of Sox’

Cheer Socks

DOWNINGTOWN >> Three Downingtown school communities joined together to donate socks to the non-profit organization, Joy of Sox, which will give the socks to the homeless. The Downingtown West High School cheerleaders collaborated with students from West Bradford Elementary and Downingtown Middle School, according to organizers, for a service project. The students presented 1,344 pairs […]

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