How implementations are impacting the Lehigh Valley
While self-driving vehicles, cashier-less grocery stores and unmanned delivery systems were once a concept deeply rooted in the future, today these technologies along with many others are not far off. The question now becomes not whether or not they are possible, but what impact they will have on society once broadly accepted and widely instituted.
Three Lehigh University students were selected to participate in the Red Bull Launch Institute at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in early March. The Institute, according to Red Bull’s website, “gives wings to collegiate entrepreneurs and their ideas” by providing access to mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.
Students at Spring Garden ES had fun while exploring the sciences during STEAM Day March 23. Community members came into the school to teach kindergarten through fifth grade students about science, technology, engineering, art and math through various hands-on activities.
Lehigh University students gathered together on the evening of March 20 for a sign-making party in preparation to attend the March for Our Lives March 24. The recently-formed Lehigh University Student Political Action Committee (SPAC) hosted the event and arranged the bus trip to the march as a response to the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS shooting.
The Bethlehem NAACP held its 73rd annual Freedom Fund Banquet Feb. 18 at The Meadows in Hellertown. The banquet featured songs, speeches and awards celebrating the arts, all with the theme “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice” in mind.
In his welcome, Chief of Police Mark DiLuzio stressed the importance of communication in today’s society, a belief also fundamental to Mayor Bob Donchez, who could not be present at the banquet.
Tables full of informational pamphlets and the sound of conversation filled the Fifth Street Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) Community Room at the traveling resource and information fair Jan. 23. The fair, assembled by the Pa. Department of State, was designed to assist those relocating to the area due to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.
The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the Rider-Pool Foundation and Penn State Lehigh Valley came together to offer community members a session on collective impact Jan. 18. The session, which was part of a larger three-day event, educated attendees about practices that can help address societal issues.
The Ice House was alive with artistic expression during Northeast Middle School’s (NEMS) Rally 4 Peace Jan. 15. NEMS students and alumni came together to present a program centered on injustices in the world and pathways to peace.
When Liberty HS social studies teacher Adam Reitz noticed how many different types of students walked Liberty’s halls, he knew he wanted to find a way to highlight this diversity. Inspired by the Humans of New York Instagram account that features interviews collected on the streets of New York, he decided to create his own: Humans of Liberty High School.
“Once upon a time, there was a story that wanted to be told. This story was new, this story was old. This story was alive, this story was true, this story was about me, this story was about you.”
Such began the talk given by award-winning author Crescent Dragonwagon in the Bob Cohen Room of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Dec. 12. The talk, whose title matched its opening line, focused on the power of literature and storytelling.