Awards and Honors
2014 Advocate of the Perkiomen Watershed
Kathy Leber is being honored with a citation from both the State Senate and House of Representatives for her years of work with students, preserving wildlife in the Perkiomen Creek Watershed. Over the past thirteen years, she has worked alongside the students of UFS to protect local amphibian populations by organizing and marshaling resources to facilitate amphibian migrations and helping members of the community understand the issue.
2012 Lehigh Valley GLBT Community Awards, Pennsylvania Diversity Network
This award was given for United Friends School’s serious and successful efforts to stop bullying before it happens, and for a curriculum that is inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and committed to teaching youth how to pass non-discrimination legislation that is inclusive of GLBT rights.
Bucks County Conservation District Conservation Educator Award
Kathy Leber, UFS Teacher of Middle School Science, Algebra 1, and Pre-algebra
Heritage Conservancy Youth Conservation Award
For several years, UFS middle school students monitored the section of the Licking Run Creek that runs through Quakertown Memorial Park. They mapped its flow as part of the Tohickon Creek watershed. Although chemical tests were within a normal range, the creek’s biotic index was consistently low. Out of concern for the creek and the students’ desire to increase public environmental awareness, UFS students proposed an ordinance to Quakertown Borough Council. On March 2, 2011, Quakertown Borough Council Ordained and Enacted Ordinance 1177, based on the Ordinance Proposal Presented by United Friends School middle school students. To learn more about the UFS creek study, click here.
Citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives presented a citation to UFS Middle School students who involved the whole school in conducting a multi-year study of the Licking Run Creek that runs through Quakertown Memorial Park. When the results of the study were culled, the students were inspired to protect the creek and proposed an ordinance to Quakertown Borough that ultimately passed with full support. As a result, Quakertown Creek is a healthier environment today.
UFS Pianists Play for National Program
Thirteen local piano pupils from the United Friends School (UFS) After-School music program performed in the National Piano-Playing Auditions at Moravian College to become candidates for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians. Read the news release here.
UFS Participates in Salamander Monitoring Project
UFS teacher Kathy Leber; students Grace Henry and Travis Jalowiec; and parents Ann Tucker and Carter Henry participated in a recent salamander monitoring project. Read the story here (see page 3).
A Better Chance Member School
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
Friends Council on Education
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Early Childhood Educators
National Association of Independent Schools
National Council of Teachers of English
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Science Teachers Association
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools
Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce