Monday, June 18, 2012

Volunteers Needed

The Delaware County Literacy Council is seeking volunteers to assist with a new group of students.  The new students will be assessed at an orientation on July 9th and 10th.  This assessment determines the skill level and placement for the correct class. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with tutoring in reading (Adult Basic Education), ESL (English as a Second Language), or math.  The training is free, but you MUST register in advance.  

The form for volunteers can be found on the website here.

The deadline to register for the July trainings (with application) is July 11, 2012.  Trainings will be held at two locations on Saturday, July 21 and 28 from 9:00AM to 2:30 PM.  The trainings are located at:

Delaware County Literacy Council
2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA
 Upper Darby Municipal Library
501 Bywood Avenue, Upper Darby PA

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Don't Be a Party to Teenage Drinking

Did you know that one-third of teenagers have attended parties in which parents were present and substance use, including alcohol and other drugs, were being used? 

The "Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking" public awareness campaign was developed by Drug-Free Action Alliance to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol to minors. Please sign the pledge by clicking on the link below. It only takes a moment of your time and shows that we are ready to eliminate underage drinking in our community!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Healthy Hoops

The AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation Presents The Healthy Hoops Program!

Children between the ages of 3-15 (accompanied by their parents) can learn how to control their asthma, manage their weight, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Quality Community Health Care located at 2501 West Lehigh Avenue.

To register, call 215-863-6666

Monday, June 11, 2012

Immigration 101

** In partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center will present a seminar for residents interested in becoming a United States Citizen.

** After the presentation, residents will be able to sign-up for a FREE Civics class to be held at the Welcome Center beginning in July.

** Light Refreshments will be served.

** Your small child is welcome to attend.

To RSVP: call Raya Fagg at 610-734-7784 or send an email to

Wednesday, June 20, 2012; 10:00 A.M. to Noon

Upper Darby Welcome Center
7000 Walnut Street
Upper Darby, PA 19082

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Youth Connection Summer Camp 2012

Holcomb Prevention is hosting a summer program that targets teens entering seventh, eighth, and ninth grades! The Youth Connection summer camp offers week-long workshops that use evidence-based curricula and is split into two parts: 1 1/2 hours of programming and 1 1/2 hours of teambuilding or leadership adventure activities. Each week-long workshop is Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Studies show youth are more likely to engage in risk taking behaviors during these years including drug and alcohol use. Alternative activities focusing on leadership, community involvement, and increased family communication are protective factors that have been shown to increase positive behaviors. The cost of this summer program is only $25.00 per week-long session.

Held at: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention/Education Office
126 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063

For more information,
please call 484-444-0412.

Youth Connection is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Services.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Connecting Cops & Kids

In an effort to continue an open relationship with the community, The Upper Darby Police Department has introduced a contest for Upper Darby School District children in grades 1 through 4.

“Many times the children of our community are intimidated or afraid to approach a Police Officer and hesitate to ask them a simple question or even ask for assistance in an emergency” writes Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The “Cop Cards” program is designed to eliminate this fear.

“Cop Cards” follows the tradition of baseball card collecting. Spearheaded by Captain Tom Johnson, this program is an open line of communication between officers and children.  By actively working with the officers to obtain a card, children will learn to feel comfortable talking with a police officer under any circumstances and cultivate positive interactions in the community. 

Each card has a picture of an employee, a mini biography, and personal message that each child is encouraged to practice. Children can obtain a checklist from the school’s Principal’s office to keep track of cards they have collected. The checklist can also be downloaded at the Upper Darby Police Website here.

This isn’t the only outreach for the police and the children of the community. In 2008, Sergeant James Reif was asked to address the staff at Stonehurst Elementary on the topic of lock-down drills and other police related issues. One of the 5th grade teachers asked Sgt. Reif to speak with her class because of a number of problems that was occurring. Sgt Reif, after learning that the children regarded the Upper Darby Police negatively, decided he wanted to work with the children and help them become more informed about the role police play in the community. The fifth grade mentoring program was created.  Since then it has now expanded to include seven of the nine elementary schools, with the other two scheduled to be included next year.

The “Cop Cards” trading is between June 15 and September 14.  Children who ask any uniformed officer to count their collected cards can submit their name for contest prizes.  One lucky child will even win a Kindle 3G!

To get started, speak to an Upper Darby Police officer today.