Students learn history, get tour of county Justice Center

. Retired Capt. Joseph Carbo poses with students from West Chester Christian School. Assault with a ham sandwich has landed some unwitting schoolchildren in the slammer recently – as least figuratively Those unfamiliar with the legal perils of using lunch to mimic fisticuffs probably haven’t experienced the Chester County courthouse tour of Joseph Carbo, a retired captain with the Chester County...

UCF seeks to balance safety and students free speech rights

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — In this world of the internet and technology, how does a school district strike a balance between protecting itself and the responsibility to create safe learning environments with students’ right to free speech?  That was the issue raised by a first reading of policy 815, “Acceptable Use of the Electronic Communication System”...

Pocopson art students honored; Rt. 82 proposal advances

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Pocopson Elementary art teacher Sam Hage with students whose artwork is currently decorating the lobby area of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Administration office. Students included: Ava Van Duesan, Trevor Dunne, Brynn Huyler, Eshaan Chanchal, Julien Arrouays, Samantha Greaves, Lilly Smolenski, Timmy Sherman, Logan Grayston, and Nathania Gushurst. EAST MARLBOROUGH...

Kennett pledges support for DACA students

By Anne Uhle, Correspondent, The Times KENNETT SQUARE — The Kennett Consolidated School District said it will support students impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) just days after President Trump announced that he would end the program in six months with the hope that Congress would come up with a legislative solution at its Board of Education meeting, Monday. DACA is...

TCHS students show off art at Exton Mall

TCHS Brandywine Commercial & Graphic Arts senior Zyonna Boykin stands next to the work she submitted for the 2017 Commercial & Graphic Arts Senior Exhibit. DOWNINGTOWN — Commercial & Graphic Arts students at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus are offering the public an insight into their creative talents. For the second year in a row, TCHS Brandywine seniors...

Downingtown’s Sharma wins county spelling bee

Pictured above is 2017 Chester County Spelling Bee Champion Sid Sharma from Downingtown Middle School, with second place winner Aakash Narayan and third place winners Ritish Kodali from Katheryn D. Markley Elementary School and Lineesha Kamana from the Marsh Creek Sixth Grad Center. (From left to right: Ritish Kodali, Aakash Narayan, Sid Sharma, and Lineesha Kamana). DOWNINGTOWN — “E-s-t-r-e-p-e.”...

Art Watch: ‘Art Spirit and Beyond’ with Karl Kuerner

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times West Chester University’s John H. Baker Gallery will be celebrating a lifetime of encouraging the artistic spirit with the exhibition “Art Spirit and Beyond.” The exhibition will include works by artist Karl Kuerner and 50 of his students more than 500 students from over the past 30 years, on display from January 23-February 24 2017. Dr. Kuerner’s...

Local students trained in suicide prevention

WEST CHESTER — On the morning of October 19, the entire ninth grade class in the West Chester Area School District was trained in the suicide prevention program called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). Designed much like CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver, QPR is a nationally acclaimed program that teaches participants how to recognize warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how help.   ...

Op/Ed: Don’t despair, volunteer

By  Kathleen Meehan Do, Executive Director Kennett After-School Association/After-The-Bell After The Bell in Kennett Square keeps middle school kids engaged and safe after school. But the program depends on local volunteers to make it a success. It’s hard to turn the television or computer on these days without hearing more bad news. Reports about shootings, riots, and acts of terrorism can...

Truitt bill to encourage IT, computer students signed into law

State Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156) Careers in computer science and information technology usually pay good wages while offering excellent benefits. Unfortunately, courses in these fields often don’t count toward high school graduation requirements, leaving Pennsylvania’s students at a disadvantage when competing for jobs or applying for college to major in these areas. That’s about to change,...