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School director Patrick Stewart was honored for eight years of service Monday with a certificate adding him to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association's Honor Roll of School Board Service.

* PTA president Kate Monti was recognized Monday for the PTA's donation of $25,000 for a new digital sign for the front of the elementary school and the future primary center, which is under construction and scheduled to open for 2014-15. The sign will highlight events and announcements.

Fox Chapel Area

An open house for the district's Creativity and Literacy Program for residents with children ages 3 to 5 will offer an opportunity to make LED throw lights, create art with a DrawBot, play music with fruit and create a sculpture from recycled materials. The open house will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kerr Elementary School, 341 Kittanning Pike.

The Creativity and Literacy Program will be offered at Kerr and at Volunteers of America/All of Us Care in Sharpsburg. The program will include an emphasis on STEMM -- science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine -- and 21st century skills through creativity, exploration, design and play. Literacy development and parent education will be a main focus.

Free transportation to the open houses will be provided from the Sharpsburg area at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday and 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, leaving from Clay and Sixth streets. Subsequent stops will be at Canal and 15th streets and the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.

Information: 412-696-1400 or ]

Mars Area

The high school will sponsor a financial aid information night at 6 p.m. today in the LGI Room. The program is geared toward parents of juniors and seniors and will include a presentation by a representative of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency followed by a question-and-answer session.

Topics will include loans, grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities.

Information: 724-625-1581, option 1.


Choral students will write "letters from Santa" to children in Pine and Richland as a fundraiser for the high school choral program.

Parents or guardians should provide the child's name and age; the parent's name, address and phone number; the school the child attends and the teacher's name; favorite toys, TV shows, games and sports teams; names of siblings, friends and classmates; pets; favorite activity, food or meal; recent accomplishments; and gifts the child hopes to receive.

The information and a check for $5 payable to PRHS Choral Boosters should be sent by Nov. 27 to PRHS Choral Boosters 7013 Oak Park Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

Letters will be mailed in mid-December. All proceeds benefit the choral program at Pine-Richland High School.

* The high school International Thespian Society will present George Orwell's "1984" at 4 p.m. next Thursday, 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Information or tickets:

Seneca Valley

Applications are being accepted until Sunday for a school board vacancy for the Evans City and Seven Fields Region 7 seat. Two years are left on the four-year term.

Applicants should send a letter listing experience and a brief statement saying why they're interested to: or SVSD, c/o School Board Secretary, 124 Seneca School Road, Harmony, PA 16037.

The school board will interview applicants Monday in the intermediate high school.

Shaler Area

McDonald's on Route 8 in Shaler will donate a portion of sales to the high school majorettes between 5 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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