Thrilled to call Bethlehem home; arts charter school breaks ground for $27 million Southside complex
Sporting a slightly revised name that more accurately reflects its "current scope and future expansion of programs," the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts announced plans to build a new 87,000-square-foot $27 million state of the art educational facility. The announcement was made on Bethlehem's Southside at a ceremonial groundbreaking June 7.
Outgoing Nitschmann MS Principal Jackie Santanasto was toasted and roasted at a May 28 retirement reception held in the ArtsQuest Center's Fowler Room by over 125 of her family, friends and education colleagues.
In a short video prepared for the occasion by Nitschmann staff, Santanasto was identified by her colleagues as "inspirational, supportive, positive, a team player, elegant, compassionate and caring" among the many terms used. Perhaps the one description that best summed all of the sentiment was one that called Santanasto "one in a million."
"It's all about relationships," said Freshpet CEO Richard Thompson as he met with five Freshpet scholarship recipients April 26 prior to present a check for $10,000 to Northampton Community College director of development and scholarships Paul Acampora. Ten NCC students are receiving $1,000 scholarships because of their enrollment at NCC in manufacturing related fields of study.
In 1948 there were 15 students who graduated in their eighth grade class from the St. John Capistrano Parochial School that once stood next to the now closed St. John Capistrano Church on East Fourth Street near Hayes Street.
Dr. Tom Lubben has established both the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts and the Arts Academy Charter School, and now he wants to create a third; the Pennsylvania Autism Charter School. By his own admission, Lubben says he's doing it for his grandson, Jack, an 8-year-old who is autistic and whose image graces promotional materials for the school.
Judith's Reading Room and the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley have established a partnership that will provide 1,000 books valued at nearly $9,000 to the center's WIC Program over the next year. At a recent dedication ceremony, officials associated with each organization unveiled the donation at the Center's East Fourth Street location.