Residents of Sherwood Oaks, A Lifecare Retirement Community in PA, Partner with Seneca Valley High School to Judge Senior Projects

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Residents at a Pennsylvania retirement community will be judging senior project presentations this spring.

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“It’s a perfect partnership. Residents of Sherwood Oaks are retired or semi-retired people who have been business leaders, medical professionals, teachers, lawyers, engineers and more."

Twenty-four residents of the Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community will act as judges for the Seneca Valley Senior High School’s 2010 senior projects presentations. The residents will volunteer their time for judging duties and will undergo training in order to understand the scope and criteria for awarding entries.

Madelin Clements, a resident of Sherwood Oaks, served as a judge during the 2009 Seneca Valley Senior High School’s senior project presentations. She enjoyed the important experience and interested many of her friends at Sherwood Oaks to join this year’s panel of judges. The senior projects cover a wide range of topics including career entrepreneur, community service, visual and performing arts, humanities, mechanical design and construction and more.

The Seneca Valley School District is a suburban district serving Butler County, Western Pennsylvania. The district covers 100 square miles and includes the townships of Cranberry, Forward, Jackson and Lancaster and the boroughs of Callery, Evans City, Harmony, Seven Fields and Zelienople. Seneca Valley School District comprises four elementary schools, two middle schools (5-6 grades), one middle school (7-8 grades), one intermediate high school (9-10 grades) and a senior high school (11-12 grades).

A total of approximately 7,300 students per year are educated in the Seneca Valley School District (2009). The school district reports SAT scores which rank consistently higher than the state and national averages. The district ranks within the top 20 of Western Pennsylvania schools (2009 ranking) and the Seneca Valley middle school was named in the top 10 (2009 ranking).

Katherine Vojtko, Vice President of Sherwood Oaks, isn’t surprised at the many residents who want to offer their time and expertise to the school project. “It’s a perfect partnership. Residents of Sherwood Oaks are retired or semi-retired people who have been business leaders, medical professionals, teachers, lawyers, engineers and more. They have done great things with their lives and have so much to offer as well as being great role models for the students.”

Sherwood Oaks is a continuing care retirement community for people age 62 and over with patio homes and apartments offering secure, maintenance-free living with fine amenities, activities and programs with on-site assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support care. The mission of Sherwood Oaks is to foster independence, health and wellness, and financial security for residents while preserving a quality and dignity of life in which residents may realize their fullest potential. Sherwood Oaks is part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) retirement communities.

The Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community is situated on an 84-acre wooded campus 25 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Visit http://www.sherwood-oaks.com.

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