Pennsylvania briefs

April 03, 2012

Green Thumb Extravaganza plant sale set for May 12
WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Otterbein Church will host its Green Thumb Extravaganza plant sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at 912 S. Potomac St. in Waynesboro.
Perennial plants, water plants, shrubs, trees, vegetable plants and annual flowers will be sold.
Visitors who donate a canned good or personal-care item will receive a free plant.
“There will be handouts and staff professionals on hand to answer your planting questions, along with a food and drink concession stand. The children can play in the educational garden area while you shop,” a news release stated.
Proceeds will be used for landscaping and a pavilion at the church’s new site on Welty Road. Donated items will be given to New Hope Shelter.

Business partners sought to host teachers for internships
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation is looking for business partners to host teachers for an “Educator in the Workplace” summer internship to be held June 18 to 22.
Four slots are reserved for each school district in Franklin County, Pa. The foundation is hoping to place a total of 24 teachers.
The internship is a hands-on opportunity for educators to spend 24 hours at a business to connect their subject area with the workplace. The goal of the internship is to connect classroom learning with relevant business practices by engaging teachers and business leaders, thereby better preparing students for college and careers in the 21st century.
If interested in hosting a teacher intern, go to or contact Noel Purdy, executive director of the foundation, at 717-264-7101, ext. 207, or send an email to her at by May 6.

Franklin County teachers can apply for technology grants
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Grants to teachers in Franklin County, Pa., public schools will be awarded to encourage the innovative use of technology in grades kindergarten to 12.
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, is offering Innovative Technology Challenge grants to educators in all six school districts.
Applications are available online at under the “work-force development, educator resources” section.
The deadline to apply is June 29.
Applicants will be evaluated based on three criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics.
Grants totaling $22,000 — each between $3,000 and $5,000 — are possible through the support of area businesses, including Orrstown Bank, Waste Management and M&T Bank. Contributing businesses are eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
For more information about the grants, call Noel Purdy, executive director of the Chamber Foundation, at 717-264-7101, ext. 207, or send an email to her at
Grant recipients will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Oct. 11.

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