Education News Nuggets

Host families needed for summer exchange students

The Center for Cultural Interchange,, is in need of host families to house exchange students from Spain. The program, Group Homestay Program, is for Spanish teens who will attend English classes and experience American culture, in Delaware County, from Aug. 4 to 25.

Host families are responsible for providing room and board to their students (and what I imagine a homegrown all-American experience). And don't worry, these Spaniards come with their own medical insurance and spending money.

If interested, call CCI's local coordinator Anita Giacone at 215-527-1973, or email, for more information.

Summer science program teaches kids about genetics

Attention, all parents, guardians or anyone who wants to get young people out of their hair and away from the tube.

Beginning July 30, GlaxoSmithKline's "Science in the Summer," will offer youngsters a free hands-on science education program with hand-ons experiments and activities in select libraries throughout the city.

The program, in its 25th year, is open to children in second through sixth grades. Among activities, kids will build a cell, extract DNA from a strawberry, examine fingerprints and construct a DNA molecule.

I bet you didn't learn that in school. I sure didn't.

Anyway, here is a list of locations, in case you want to send your budding scientist.

  • Fox Chase Branch: July 21, 22
  • Parkway Central Library: July 21, 22
  • Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library: July 23 and 30 (Saturday sessions)
  • Parkway Central Library: July 23 and 30 (Saturday sessions)
  • Andorra Branch: July 28, 29
  • Walnut Street West Branch: July 26, 27
  • Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library: July 28, 29
  • Fishtown Branch: July 26, 27
  • Fumo Family Branch: July 28, July 29
  • Overbrook Park Branch: July 26, 27

Class times are as follows: Level One: 10 a.m. to Noon, and Level Two: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to