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Fox Chapel Area

Students will hold their annual telethon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday with this year's beneficiary being the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Chapter.

The telethon will involve students from all schools — Fairview, Hartwood, Kerr, and O'Hara elementaries, Dorseyville Middle School, and Fox Chapel Area High School.

Student, teacher, and parent representatives will be participating in the telethon benefiting the LLS by making donations during the live event. Additionally, a representative from the LLS will appear on the telethon. The public is invited to make donations by dropping them off at any of the schools' main offices during school hours, or mailing them to any district school.

The telethon will be broadcast on Comcast channels 96 or 98 and Verizon FIOS channel 28. The telethon will also be rebroadcast every day from 4 to 6 p.m. through Jan. 1.

The telethon is coordinated by the marketing/management and television production students of the high school who plan and produce the event. The telethon theme this year is “Be the change.”

The student telethons have generated nearly $540,000 to various charities over 23 years.

Providence Heights Alpha School

The robotics team from Providence Heights Alpha School, the “Alphabots”, won the Western PA First Lego League Regional Major competition Dec. 7 and the “Golden Ticket” that automatically advances them to the Grand Championship Feb. 22 at Carnegie Robotics.

The Alphabots team is comprised of fourth graders Oscar Heller, Evan Moncheck and Andrew Pritchard, fifth grader Christian Farls, sixth grader Max Kress, and seventh graders Sam Farls and Sean McCarthy.

The Alphabots team won the “Robot Game”, which requires the robot to perform tasks such as moving small Lego vehicles to specific positions on the table. The team also won the “Champion Award” for earning top scores in all four categories of judging which include: robot design, software, teamwork community project, and core values for working as a team.

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