For some children, recess can be stressful. They might want to get involved in a game or with a group, but they are shy or simply don’t know how to ask. For these children, Whitemarsh Elementary has installed two “Buddy Benches.”
Throughout Colonial School District, students and staff find ways to make differences in our classrooms, schools and community.
Their acts help Colonial serve as a warm and welcoming place where children feel safe and comfortable while learning their academics -- as well as providing opportunities for students to learn how to contribute to the greater good.
These are some of their stories.
At Colonial Elementary,, the CES Cares club recently held a food drive that wasn't like any they had before. All of the donations needed to be gluten-, nut- or dairy-free.
PWHS National Honor Society revives Alex's Lemonade Stand Club to raise money for childhood cancer research.
The day after school let out for the summer, the PW Service Club boarded a plane to Guatemala for a ten-day volunteering trip that made a difference in the lives of children in the city of Tecpán.
For the two weeks after school was officially out for the summer, more than 100 PWHS students were still on campus — making a difference for younger students with similar interests.
In its first two years, the PWHS UNICEF Club has raised thousands of dollars — while raising awareness — to help needy children around the world.
When power went out after school at Plymouth Elementary, Custodian Hank Freels made a difference for a couple dozen baby chicks — and the kindergarteners who were studying them.
A group of PWHS students to host dodgeball tournament in honor of a fallen classmate from their time at Plymouth Elementary School (PE).
CE, PE, WE, CES and CMS have put their hats in the ring for the Battle of the Schools and will be collecting new and gently used children's clothing, shoes, books, toys, baby equipment and school supplies through May 17.
In May, students at Ridge Park Elementary, Whitemarsh Elementary and Conshohocken Elementary are bringing in old and outgrown sneakers to help families of children battling pediatric cancer.
Elementary children in Colonial read more than 82,900 minutes in order to raise money for families of severely ill children through the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
Ridge Park Elementary School is home to the K-3 autistic support classrooms — and a supportive learning community focused on accepting differences.
PE students are trying to raise $15,000 through "Laps for Leukemia." WE and CMS are seeing how pocket change can add up through "Pennies for Patients," and WE Kindergarten Teacher Shana Genkin will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon for the cause.
On Friday, April 6, PWHS students will be spending the night in the CES gym, playing games, singing and dancing at their own Mini-THON to support pediatric cancer. Click here to donate!
For more than a decade, Colonial Middle School (CMS) students have used basketball to raise money for charity. However, the 2018 tournament has supported ALS research for the final time.