Cheltenham's News PA Montgomery County appoints Ken Lawrence, first Black Board of Commissioner. Commissioner Ken Lawrence was guest speaker at the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP's September 18, 2017 general body meeting. Members and friends discussed issues they felt were most important as citizens of Montgomery County with Commissioner Lawrence.
Commissioner Lawrence, 45, a Plymouth Meeting resident, has lived in Montgomery County since 1984. He attended Montgomery County Community College and graduated from Temple University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Commissioner Lawrence joined Temple in 2008 as senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, overseeing the offices of Government Relations and Community Relations. He was founder and president of Public Affairs Strategies, where he represented corporate and nonprofit organizations. He also worked for five years at Merck & Co. Inc. handling public community media relations and as public policy representative for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Lawrence also serves numerous civic organizations, including the Temple University Political Science Advisory Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., SEPTA, the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board and Cristo Rey High School Board.
Annual Senior Fair
Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP participates and supports Pennsylvania State Representative Steve McCarter's Annual Senior Fairs at Reform Congregation Israel located at 8339 Old York Road in Elkins Part, PA 19027.
The Senior Fairs are wonderful opportunities to learn about services under one roof. Exhibitors—including representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies such as the Montgomery County Aging, Adult Services, Veterans Affairs offices and the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP —participate. They share information on health care, volunteer opportunities, prescription-drug plans, identity theft and so much more.
• Apply onsite for a SEPTA Senior Key Photo ID card that allow senior 65 and older to ride transit free. • Receive a flu shot (with proof of insurance) • Apply onsite for a Montgomery County Veterans' Photo ID Discount card (with discharge papers — a DD 214 or DD 256 form — and a photo ID, such as a PA driver's license that proves you reside in Montgomery County)
Cheltenham chapter of the NAACP Awarded Four Scholarships to Area High School Graduating Seniors. They also expanded their student support activities by awarding two book awards to additional students who were starting or currently enrolled in a post-secondary school programs and were active in some type of community service.
The Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP which serves Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Springfield, Plymouth Meeting and Whitemarsh Townships, awarded four $500.00 scholarships and $250.00 book awards to students from our area at their 17th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner, Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center 2800 West Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150.
Honorable Bill Anderson Master of Ceremony
The Honorable Bill Anderson, FOX 29 News and “Good Day Philadelphia contributor was the guest speaker at Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP 17th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner.
For three years prior to joining FOX 29, he was a reporter for “Chasing News,” an innovative public affairs program broadcast on FOX 29 and WWOR in Secaucus, New Jersey. For ten years before joining “Chasing News,” Bill hosted “Wake Up with Bill,” an award-winning talk show on Philadelphia's 900 AM WURD.
Philadelphia Tribune Newspaper recognized Bill's work in the community and named him one of “Philadelphia's Most Influential African Americans,” and Philadelphia Weekly named him “Best Radio Talker.”
Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode
Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr, former Mayor of Philadelphia was the Keynote Speaker for the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP 17th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner, June 25, 2017.Reverend Dr. Goode is director and organizer of the nationally acclaimed Amachi Program, a national faith-based mentoring model for children of incarcerated parents.
Because of his innovative and ground-breaking work, in 2006 he received two prestigious awards: The Civic Ventures $100,000 Purpose Prize and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Citizen of the Year. He is an ordained Baptist Minister with over 50 years' service at the First Baptist Church of Paschall located in southwest Philadelphia.
Dr. Wagner Marseille President Award Recipient
Dr. Wagner Marseille, Superintendent of Cheltenham Schools received the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP President's Award.
He graduated Princeton High School with a full athletic scholarship, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Marseille then went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Rider University and finally to achieve a Doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
His professional experiences include roles as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Superintendent, Acting Superintendent of Schools and presently, Superintendent.
Ms. Cyd Smith, a School Counselor in the Cheltenham School District received the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP Educational Achievement Award.
The diversity of her experience ranges from counseling juvenile delinquents, providing emotional, social, and academic support to youths in a group home setting, developing and securing funding for after school enrichment programs, to School Counseling.
For the last 13 years, she has been a member of Cheltenham School District, where she spent the first eight years as a School Counselor at Cheltenham High School. Since 2011, She has been a School Counselor at Elkins Park School.
Ms. Stacy Williams, an Entrepreneur and Community Activist, received the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP Community Service Award.
Stacy Williams is a community activist, a Workforce Development Specialist, Speaker, former owner of The Printed Word, Inc. for 25 years, a marketing, advertising and printing company with 5 employees and 1.5 million dollars in annual sales. Following is a list of my Community involvement.
Her community involvement includes activities ranging from 1990-2016 Co-Founder (with State Senator Art Haywood) and President of the Cheltenham African American Alliance (CAAA) to 2016-Present l” Pa. CareerLink “Entrepreneurial Academy- Don't Quit Your Daydream “Workshop Developer and Facilitator.
The Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP winners of the 2017 NAACP Essay Competition held in
April at the four individual high schools were Ms. Kennedy Clark, Cheltenham High School, Ms. Destini Bravo-Greene, Springfield Township High School, Ms. Yaminah Russell, Jenkintown High School, Ms. Zyanne Clay, Whitemarsh High School. Student Book Awardees were Ms. Shannon Nixon, Cheltenham High School and Mr. Gaston
Quyntyn, Cheltenham School
Kennedy Clark, Cheltenham High School, is an engaging, intelligent, motivated and well-rounded young woman. Her activities include: Student Council Executive Board (Charity and Blue and Gold Committee), Black Student Union - Recording Secretary, Cheerleading Stunt Captain, and Varsity Lacrosse. In addition to her school involvements, Kennedy works a part-time job at Target and manages to maintain a rigorous academic caseload. Due to her high GPA, Kennedy was inducted into Black Scholars, which acknowledges the high achievement and success of African American Students at Cheltenham High School. After high school graduation, Kennedy will attend West Chester University and major in Criminal Justice. Her future plans are to attend law school.
Destini Bravo-Greene, Springfield Township High School. was born North Philadelphia, moved often but finally landed in Springfield when she was 13 years old. She attended Springfield Township High School as a 9th grader and quickly engrossed her self into the Springfield culture. She joined various clubs such as the World Language Club, Academic Team, School Newspaper, and Girls Tennis. But the club that helped her find a place within the school was Voices Of Excellence (VOE). Through VOE she was able to meet and become a part of her favorite club the Spartan Steppers which helped her to get out of her shell. After graduating from Springfield Township High School, I plan to attend Temple University as an English teacher. My ultimate goal in the future is to become an English teacher in disadvantaged communities. .She want to be one of many that reached back and pave forward those communities.
Yaminah Russell, Jenkintown High School, born in Winston Salem, NC to Karen Russell and Gabriel Russell. My career goals in life have always changed and shifted, however, the one thing that I have always known is that I wanted to help people in whatever job I undertake. One day my dad took me with him when he fed the homeless in Downtown Winston Salem, where I am from. That was one of the best days of my life, seeing their appreciation and gratitude was amazing! I will continue to help people and give back to my community during my years in the college I attend. As of April 20, 2017, I have committed to Morgan State University majoring in Computer Science and will be graduating in 2021.
Zyanne Clay-Hubbard, Whitemarsh High School.In my four years at Plymouth-Whitemarsh, I worked my way up to many leadership positions in multiple extracurricular activities, including captain of the Indoor Color Guard, Managing Editor of the school newspaper, and Vice President of the Latin Club. I've played the violin since I was in elementary school, and have been in orchestra and chamber ensemble throughout high school. I plan on attending Princeton University in the fall with an intended major of Computer Science, and minors in History and African-American Studies.
Shannon Nixon, Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, PA. At CHS I participated in many clubs such as Black Student Union, Newspaper club, girl's tennis team and girl's track and field team. This upcoming fall I will be attending West Chester University majoring in physical therapy, as well as being a member of the women's tennis team. I have countless acts of community service throughout the years and had the pleasure of being one of the volunteers for senator Art Haywood. As a volunteer, I helped contribute to his campaign by making phone calls to the people of the Cheltenham community. I am also a member of a community service program Goodstein Junior Leaders for Philadelphia based kids. My family and I worship at FC Wesley Methodist Church in Philadelphia, PA. With God's blessings, I look forward to a bright future. Thank you, NAACP, for this honorable scholarship. My family and I are very grateful. God bless.
Quyntyn Gaston, started off his early education in the Cheltenham School District. Upon graduating he recognized where he started academically and behaviorally, and where he now stood as a new graduate and citizen of the working society. Upon reflecting on what and who brought him to this point in his life, he thought about how his friends, parents, and past teachers helped shape him. When thinking of a career, he recognized he enjoyed the life of service, and wanted to be just like the educators that helped steer him on to the right path. Now a senior, he attends Gwynedd Mercy University and studies Elementary Education, with a dual certification in Special Education. He works in the Cheltenham district as a Site Director of one of the elementary schools before and after care programs, volunteers in a community group run by Aldersgate that services youth within the age range of 13-18, and volunteers daily to assist students in 5th and 6th grade. He loves his work, the impact he has on students, and is looking forward to graduating to become fully immersed in a school as an educator.