In this Update:
Bucks County Community College Speech and Debate Tournament
This past weekend, Bucks County Community College, in cooperation with Council Rock School District, hosted an invitational speech and debate tournament. I had the opportunity to share some of my experiences and advice with over 200 competing students from 15 different local high schools.
George School Football Program Celebrates 100 Years
Congratulations to George School Football Program on celebrating 100 years. State Rep. Joe Hogan and I stopped by before kickoff last weekend to congratulate them and present Senate and House citations for this momentous occasion.
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce/Emergency Service Awards Dinner
I had the honor to be the keynote speaker at the annual Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Service Awards Dinner last Sunday. I spoke about how I continue to advocate for the first responder community in Harrisburg and recognized the heroes in the room especially on the weekend of National First Responder Recognition Day.
The CBCC Emergency Services Awards, founded by the W. Atlee Burpee family, have been an integral part of the community for over five decades. The awards honor a volunteer firefighter and ambulance volunteer from over 32 companies for their devotion to saving lives and property.
Last weekend, I joined the Indo-American Senior Citizens, Association of Bucks and Surrounding Counties in Bensalem for dinner to celebrate Diwali. Diwali, India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year, is a five-day festival that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.
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C-SPAN 2024 StudentCam Competition
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation.
This year they are celebrating their 20th anniversary of the competition and for 2024, they are asking students in grades 6-12 to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme, “Looking Forward while Considering the Past.”
The submission deadline for all entries will be 11:59pm PST on Friday, January 19, 2024. With cash prizes totaling $100,000 each year, C-SPAN awards prizes to the student filmmakers of the top 150 student documentaries. And in honor of StudentCam’s 20th anniversary this year, C-SPAN is offering an additional $50,000 in award money with the first 500 teacher advisers (with qualifying student entries) receiving a $100 cash award just for participating. For more information, visit their webpage https://www.studentcam.org/.
Litter Hawk Youth Award Program for Grades K through 6
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is announcing the Litter Hawk Youth Award Program, a recognition program for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade, who complete a project specific to their grade level. Kids can participate individually or as part of a lesson initiated by schools, home-schools, scout troops, 4-H clubs, environmental clubs or other organized groups.
The Litter Hawk Youth Award Program is a way for kids to share their hope, optimism and concerns about litter and inspire others to care for their communities through art, words or video. In coordination of the release of the revision of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s popular Open your Eyes to Litter series of books for grades K through 6, the theme is: Open Your Eyes to Litter – Show Us What You See. Projects include:
First and second place will be awarded prizes in each grade level. All participants will receive recognition of participation. Deadline to participate is January 31st. Winners will be announced in May in coordination with a display of winning entries at the PA State Capitol Building.
The Litter Hawk Youth Award program was created with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. For more information, visit https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/grants-awards/awards/litter-hawk/.
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