Ch­ester Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion to open Jet­ter Col­lege and Ca­reer Cen­ter

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CH­ESTER >> The Ch­ester Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (CEF) re­cently an­nounced the open­ing of the Marie and Cyn­thia Jet­ter Col­lege and Ca­reer Cen­ter. “The Jet­ter Cen­ter” will con­tinue the work of the Col­lege Ac­cess Cen­ter of Delaware County (CACDC) and the Ch­ester Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil (CHEC) spear­headed by Wi­dener Univer­sity and Swarth­more Col­lege.

Af­ter the closing of CHEC and CACDC, CEF rec­og­nized a con­tin­u­ing need for sup­ple­men­tal col­lege and ca­reer pro­gram­ming for the Ch­ester com­mu­nity. Based on their 30year his­tory of part­ner­ing with mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions and pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional sup­port ser­vices, it was a nat­u­ral fit for CEF to con­tinue and ex­pand the work of the CACDC.

The Jet­ter Cen­ter is named in mem­ory of Marie Jet­ter and in honor of her daugh­ter, Cyn­thia Jet­ter, who drove the cre­ation of CHEC and the CACDC in her role as the Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships and Plan­ning at Swarth­more Col­lege’s Lang Cen­ter for Civic and So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (Lang Cen­ter). Cyn­thia’s work was in­spired by her mother Marie, a life­long Ch­ester res­i­dent, who passed away in

2015.

The Jet­ter Cen­ter will ex­tend col­lege and ca­reer ser­vices to the Ch­ester Up­land com­mu­nity at CEF’s Of­fices on Av­enue of the Arts, at the lo­cal high schools, and in part­ner­ship with com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions at con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions through­out Ch­ester.

Cur­rent pro­gram­ming in­cludes Let’s Get Ready SAT prep classes, col­lege vis­its, and col­lege and ca­reer work­shops as part of the af­ter-school pro­grams at Ch­ester HS and STEM Acad­emy and CEF’s sum­mer pro­grams. In ad­di­tion to Lang Cen­ter fund­ing of Let’s Get Ready, stu­dents from both Swarth­more Col­lege and Wi­dener Univer­sity are pro­vid­ing one-onone tu­tor­ing and sup­port to Ch­ester res­i­dents. Up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude tu­tor­ing, par­ent work­shops, and ca­reer and col­lege ex­plo­ration. A com­mu­nity ad­vi­sory board guides this work.

CEF has re­ceived fund­ing for the Jet­ter Cen­ter from Ohev Shalom, United Way of Greater Philadel­phia and South­ern New Jersey, and the Foun­da­tion for Delaware County. The for­mer CHEC in­sti­tu­tions (Wi­dener, Neu­mann, and Penn State Brandy­wine Univer­si­ties, Swarth­more Col­lege and Delaware County Com­mu­nity Col­lege) have agreed to partner with CEF to con­tinue these crit­i­cally needed ser­vices in our com­mu­nity.

CEF is a Lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Fund (LEF) cre­ated in 1988 by a con­sor­tium of lo­cal and state lead­ers. CEF’s mis­sion is to sup­port ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence and pro­mote com­mu­nity re­vi­tal­iza­tion in the Ch­ester com­mu­nity. Year-round aca­demic en­rich­ment, so­cial-cul­tural en­rich­ment and col­lege prepa­ra­tion ser­vices are pro­vided to more than 500 mid­dle-through high school stu­dents and young adults.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get in­volved, con­tact Ch­eryl Cun­ning­ham at ch­[email protected]­d­u­ca­tion.org or Marcy Boroff at col­lege­and­ca­reer­[email protected]­d­u­ca­tion.org

Grief group to meet in Walling­ford

Life Changes Be­reave­ment Group, a grief group for those strug­gling with a loss, is held on the sec­ond and fourth Tues­day, from

7-8 p.m., at Holy Trin­ity Lutheran Church, 927 S. Prov­i­dence Rd., Walling­ford. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Pol­lie Lang, LCSW Ther­a­pist & Founder, at

215-868-6215.

Win­ter Sol­stice cel­e­bra­tion planned this month

Tran­si­tion Town Me­dia will cel­e­brate Win­ter Sol­stice 7-9 p.m. Sun­day, Dec

23 at the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Rd, Me­dia. The evening will be filled with soul­ful mu­sic and pow­er­ful wis­dom from dif­fer­ent world tra­di­tions.

Cel­e­brat­ing the nat­u­ral shift from dark­ness to light is a way to cut through all the hol­i­day com­mer­cial­iza­tion and bring deeper mean­ing to the sea­son. Spir­i­tual cel­e­brants will in­clude Lenni Le­nape Chief Den­nis Coker, Shinto Priest Ken Ki­tatani, In­ter-spir­i­tual minister Joni Car­ley, Na­tive Dancer Vaugh­nda Hil­ton, leg­endary jazz artist, Dave Pos­mon­tier, vo­cal­ists Marcy Fran­cis and Belinda Pa­trick, per­cus­sion­ist Jan Jef­fries, the Sol­stice Choir, and a siz­zling band.

Tick­ets are $15 and can be pur­chased at: tinyurl.

com/TTM-sol­stice-2018. Tick­ets will be $18 at the door.

For more de­tails about the Win­ter Sol­stice Cel­e­bra­tion, visit the Tran­si­tion Town Me­dia web­site: www.tran­si­tion­town­media.org, or e-mail [email protected]­si­tion­town­media.org.

Banjo play­ing hu­morist to de­liver free hol­i­day per­for­mance

Renowned area racon­teur, hu­morist, au­thor and the­olo­gian, for­mer high school teacher, mum­mer, banjo player and in­ter­na­tional sto­ry­teller Ed Stiven­der will de­liver a hol­i­day per­for­mance at the Peace Cen­ter of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, in Spring­field, , 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 27.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and peo­ple are in­vited to the Peace Cen­ter be­fore the show for a time of hol­i­day shar­ing, song, and re­fresh­ments. The event is be­ing co-spon­sored by the Brandy­wine Peace Com­mu­nity. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Stiven­der has been called “the Robin Wil­liams of sto­ry­telling” by the Mi­ami Her­ald. A fea­tured per­former at the Cape Clear Is­land In­ter­na­tional Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val in Ire­land, and the Philadel­phia Folk Fes­ti­val. He has trav­eled the world ap­pear­ing in schools, churches, cof­fee­houses and the­aters.

The per­former has strut­ted in the Comic divi­sion of the an­nual Philadel­phia Mum­mers Pa­rade since 1982. In 1994, he re­ceived the Mum­mers’ Most Orig­i­nal Char­ac­ter Award for his one-man Vat­i­can-Amer­i­can String Band, and in 2006 and 2011, he won first prize for Most Orig­i­nal Char­ac­ter.

A life-long res­i­dent of Spring­field,. Stiven­der has au­thored two books, “Raised Catholic, Can You Tell?” and “Still Catholic Af­ter All These Fears.” Both books are rec­ol­lec­tions of his lo­cal parochial school and high school years.

For di­rec­tions to the Peace Cen­ter of Delaware County or more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.del­co­peace­cen­ter.org or call 484574-1148.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The sixth grade class at Notre Dame de Lour­des School in Swarth­more made stock­ings this week and col­lected do­na­tions for Stock­ings for Soldiers, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that sends stock­ings to the troops over­seas. Pic­tured with their stock­ings are Caroline Becker, Woodlyn; Ea­mon Bon­sall, Swarth­more; Ar­shad Brown, Ch­ester; Chris­tian Daw­son, Yeadon; Liam Ger­aghty, Brookhaven; Auria Greto, Woodlyn; Aubrey Har­ley, Swarth­more; Elizabeth Hoyer, Swarth­more; Remi Ko­la­wole, Fol­croft; Se­bas­tian Lynn, Swarth­more; Am­ber Mar­tusky, Woodlyn; Mor­gan Nick­er­son, Ch­ester; Kevin Pif­fath, Fol­som; An­drew Shay, Swarth­more; Emma Thorn­ton, Up­land; and Lil­lian Walsh, Up­land.

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