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Corrie Kanters-Botenbal | 1946

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, LFS had a special visitor. Alumna Corrie Kanters-Bontenbal '46 visited campus while she was in the area from her home in The Netherlands, and spoke with the fifth and sixth grade class. She talked about her experiences in The Netherlands during World War II, when she and her mother had to survive on very little, and shared photos of her home, which sustained damage during the bombings of Rotterdam.

After being separated from her father for the duration of the war, Corrie and her mother moved to Swarthmore in 1945 to reunite the family. She attended LFS for one year.  Corrie talked about her sixth grade year at Lansdowne Friends School and shared photos of her LFS classmates – including Jack Swope, who accompanied her to campus. Corrie recalled how welcoming the school’s students and teachers were, and the friendships she made in one year at LFS have enriched the last sixty years of her life.  

Corrie enjoyed visiting with LFS classmate Helen Herr Ford while she was here. 

Thomas F. George | 1957

Thomas F. George '57 is Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry and Physics at University of Missouri, St. Louis. Thomas reports that his Lansdowne Friends School diploma is the only diploma hanging on his wall. 

In addition to his role as campus and community leader and fund-raiser, Chancellor George is an active researching in chemistry and physics, specializing in chemical/materials/laser physics and nanoscience, including nanomedicine.  He has been recognized nationally and worldwide.  

An accomplished jazz pianist, Thomas George has studied with faculty at the Berklee College of Music and the Eastman School of Music and has performed extensively.

Leigh Senderowicz '97
Leigh Gabrielle Senderwicz '97 | 1997

Leigh Gabrielle Senderowicz has been nominated for the 120 under 40, which is geared towards celebrating young champions of Family Planning (40 years old or younger).

She is passionate about the family planning course. With extra work in Cameroun and Burkina-Faso, she was nominated because of her research on innovative measurement of women-centeredness in family planning.

Cameron Hilaire '05
Cameron Hilaire | 2005

Cameron visited the school today (11/30/16) and brought a smile to all of our faces.  "From being a munchkin walking through these halls, to reminiscing about Teacher Al throwing super-bouncy balls. This is what has made me the kind soul I am. As a musician/producer, it is important to accept differences in the world.  LFS taught me that." 

Jenna Pilkington | 1997

Jenna earned her Masters of Education from West Chester University and is now a Lead Teacher in a Pottstown Pre-K Counts program.

Gia Matika | 2012

Gia Matika traveled to Brooklyn, NY last week with five other students to represent Friends Central School at the 2017 Quaker Youth Leadership Conference held at Brooklyn Friends School. The theme this year was Bridging Communities. Close to 200 students participated in workshops, activities and listened to guest speaker, Niyonu Spann. The best way to bring different communities together is to learn about people who have had different experiences and about their communities in order to foster a healthy curiosity for unfamiliar cultures, celebrate differences and help bridge the gap!( 2/17)

Gia Matika spent three weeks in Peru this summer with classmates from Friends Central School!  During the trip students stay with a host Peruvian family for two weeks. They also volunteer daily for two hours in a clinic for children with disabilities. In addition, they attend Spanish classes for four hours everyday. In the last four days of the trip, the group hikes the Inca trail and they stay in campsites and rustic conditions.(6/18) 

Jayquan Fears
Jayquan Fears | 2011

Jayquan visited LFS today (12/5/16 ) and was greeted warmly by teachers and students.  Jayquan is now a junior at Academy Park.

Tamsie Kane Hughes | 1963

"I am an attorney in Noth Carolina, married with two grown children and one grandson.  I support your approach to education."

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Leon McKenzie | 1984

Leon McKenzie, president of Sure Sports Lending, attended LFS from 1978-1984 and remains passionate about LFS.  He credits the school for shaping his continued learning experiences through our "philosophies of faith in the integrity of each child, respect for the individual, and the community."  Leon started the McKenzie Promising Fututes Fund for LFS which provides tuition grants to students in grades three through six.  The entire school community looks forward to visits with Leon and his wife, Joleen, pictured here with John McKinstry.

Osareme Ekhator '05
Osareme Ekhator | 2005

Trs. Regina and Susie enjoyed seeing Osa on a recent visit to LFS.  Osa is now working at Lincoln Financial Group. 

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