Chester County Briefly: October 5


Citadel Heart of Learning Award

Citadel has announced the nomination period for the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award is now open. Nominations for the 17th annual Citadel Heart of Learning Awards program will be accepted through Dec. 31.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Teachers who receive the Citadel Heart of Learning Award show excellence both inside and outside the classroom, and make a difference in the lives of their students. Last year, more than 2,200 teachers were nominated for the award.

“We read thousands of nominations for Chester County teachers each year, and it is an extremely rewarding experience,” said Michael Schnably, senior vice president, Citadel, and co-chair for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. “The teachers in this community are outstanding, and they deserve to be recognized. We are thrilled to read their stories and honor them with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.”

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David S. Kim

University of Valley Forge

On Oct. 12, the University of Valley Forge will install the Reverend David S. Kim as its 10th president, succeeding Dr. Don Meyer who retired in 2016 after 19 years of service.

The presidential inauguration will take place on campus at 3 PM in the Flower Chapel. During the same week of the inauguration, Homecoming activities will begin with special chapel speakers followed by various alumni and sporting events and ending with the Presidential Black and White Gala on Oct. 14 at 7:30 PM.

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United Way of Chester County

UNIFY (United Neighbors Impacting Families & Youth) volunteers recently started in preschool classrooms at the Gordon Early Literacy Center in Coatesville. They’ll be providing an extra set of hands to teachers and sharing their hobbies and interests with children this fall. Pictured from left to right are CCIU Head Start Supervisor Tamara Acuna, Darla Dadey, Elizabeth Belmont, Linda Kozlowski, Laverne Adams, and United Way’s VP of Community Investment Terry Kenworthy.

There’s still time to sign up to volunteer at the teacher’s prep station or in the classrooms. Volunteers are especially needed for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, as well as afternoon shifts throughout the week. To volunteer or get more information, contact Kenworthy at 610-429-9400 or

Walk Her Home

Walk Her Home, a local nonprofit with a mission to create awareness and raise funds for organizations that provide support and housing for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, is encouraging everyone to attend its 5K Walk/Run & Kids Fall Festival on Saturday at 9 AM at the Westtown School.

Attendees will learn how traffickers lure in their victims and what the community can do to protect and prevent more potential victims. Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Chester County District Attorney will discuss what signs to look for to identify a trafficking situation.

“Law enforcement has said that they cannot do it alone,” said Susan Ingram, Founder of Walk Her Home. “They need us to know what to look for and to report suspicious behavior to help them keep traffickers out of our neighborhoods.”

The cost is $20. Click here to register. Funds will support residential programs for survivors of sex trafficking.

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Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce

The SCCCC recently hosted a job fair at its headquarters in West Grove to fill a diverse range of jobs in the mushroom industry, including machine operators, supervisors, packers, and administrative roles. Employers invited to exhibit met with job applicants of all skill levels to fill part-time and full-time positions, many of which offered benefits and flexible hours.

“The mushroom industry could easily hire hundreds of people by the end of 2017,” said Chris Alonzo, President of Pietro Industries, one of the larger mushroom growers in the region. “People may not be aware that the mushroom industry has been paying wages exceeding the minimum wage for over two decades.

“Holding a job fair such as this is just what we needed to change the perception.”

The mushroom industry accounts for more than 6,000 jobs in Chester County, and contributes an estimated $2.17 billion to the local economy.

Spring Gallery Walk in West Chester

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Spring Gallery Walk on “First Friday,” tomorrow from 5-9 PM. This marks the GWCCC’s 27th year celebrating the thriving community of artists and galleries that make West Chester their home.

One of Chester County’s most popular events, Gallery Walk provides the perfect opportunity to experience downtown West Chester’s intriguing blend of urban sophistication and small-town ambiance. The historic borough is home to an eclectic and exciting mix of galleries.

Six prominent galleries will combine with more than three dozen additional “one night only” show hosts throughout the downtown business area. Brochures with walking maps will direct visitors to show locations. Look for signs that designate official Gallery Walk hosts and their status as Chamber of Commerce members.

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