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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSStudents, staff and administrators at The Swain School, Salisbury Township, observed Founder’s Day at the school Oct. 25. ABOVE: Students at The Swain School including, from left, Kathryn Young, of Center Valley, Melissa Zhang, of Allentown, Tessa Weiss, of Quakertown, Niamh McIntosh, of Allentown, John Haight, of Macungie and James McFeely, of Coopersburg, receive their honor CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSStudents, staff and administrators at The Swain School, Salisbury Township, observed Founder’s Day at the school Oct. 25. ABOVE: Students at The Swain School including, from left, Kathryn Young, of Center Valley, Melissa Zhang, of Allentown, Tessa Weiss, of Quakertown, Niamh McIntosh, of Allentown, John Haight, of Macungie and James McFeely, of Coopersburg, receive their honor
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSMembers of the middle school chorus perform as part of the Founder’s Day program Oct. 25. The chorus is directed by Edward Kennedy (far right) and accompanied by world music drumming students. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSMembers of the middle school chorus perform as part of the Founder’s Day program Oct. 25. The chorus is directed by Edward Kennedy (far right) and accompanied by world music drumming students.
Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, head of school at The Swain School, oversees the traditional tree planting ceremony for the school’s Founder’s Day event. Sonali Patel, left and Porter Fegley, both of Bethlehem, are among the class representatives participating in the ceremony. Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, head of school at The Swain School, oversees the traditional tree planting ceremony for the school’s Founder’s Day event. Sonali Patel, left and Porter Fegley, both of Bethlehem, are among the class representatives participating in the ceremony.
Amy Beans is honored with the Swain Trustees’ Award for Community Service, for her volunteer work on behalf of Swain and with other community organizations. Amy Beans is honored with the Swain Trustees’ Award for Community Service, for her volunteer work on behalf of Swain and with other community organizations.

THE SWAIN SCHOOL

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Swain School celebrates annual Founder’s Day

In honor of its founder, D. Esther Swain, The Swain School held its annual Founder’s Day celebration Oct. 25. The Swain community gathered to hear words and music celebrating Mrs. Swain and the school she started in 1929 ‘with eight students.

In her remarks, Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, head of school, talked about the importance of service, even when it seems really hard. She shared the many ways Mrs. Swain was challenged, yet she persevered, leaving an incredible legacy that would make her very proud today.

Andrew Collins, of Fogelsville, represented the students, and spoke of the many opportunities and successes he has experienced since coming to Swain in sixth grade. He said he appreciates Swain for its balance between challenging academics and fun.

Since 2006, the Swain board has presented The Swain School Trustee Award for Community Service. This year’s recipient was Amy Beans, of Bethlehem, whose daughter Laree graduated in 1999. Beans has supported the greater community with her volunteerism at Swain, Meals on Wheels and most recently, the Birdsboro Community Center.

A Founder’s Day tradition at the school is the planting of a tree on the campus - started by Mrs. Swain Oct. 24, 1951.

Lonny, Jen and Brooke Stevenson, of Quakertown and George, Pia, Ty, Dahlin and Robesyn Allport, of Emmaus, donated trees class representatives helped plant.