Weekly Roundup: Solar eclipse, ‘Character Camp’ top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Jwan Steward of Moorestown High School runs the play during a football scrimmage against Nottingham High School on Aug. 19. Photo by: Christian Angelini/Special to The Sun

A Moorestown woman used the solar eclipse as an opportunity to give back, and one Moorestown pastor is trying to build up kids’ character. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Visionary Moorestown woman uses solar eclipse to aid MooreKids

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the day before the solar eclipse, Moorestown resident Linda Neemers was beginning to panic. She didn’t have eclipse glasses and was shocked to find that glasses were going for more than $40 on Amazon. In that moment, inspiration struck. On Sunday, Aug. 20, Neemers boarded a flight to Memphis and travelled to Bartlett, Tenn., to pick up 200 solar eclipse glasses from manufacturer American Paper Optics. She returned the following morning and sold the glasses at South Valley Elementary School, and in the process, she raised approximately $1,000, which she has since donated to local nonprofit MooreKids.

Fierce on the court: siblings compete in international sport

Charlotte and Jack Stern are used to competing. Both are starting players on their respective varsity basketball teams at Moorestown Friends School, but the pair of siblings from Voorhees faced a new level of competition when they journeyed to Israel for 25 days this summer to compete in the 20th Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish sporting event featuring athletes from 80 countries. The siblings were just two of more than 7,000 athletes who arrived to the world’s third-largest sporting event. The two trained, competed and toured Jerusalem for 25 days in July.

Creating kids with character

Pastor Jonathan Leath of Destiny Church in MoorestownLeath created the “DiscoverHOPE CDC Character Camp” through his nonprofit DiscoverHOPE CDC, a youth leadership development organization. The camp has been held twice this summer, with the most recent taking place from Monday, Aug. 21 to Friday, Aug. 25 at Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Moorestown. The five-day camp is geared at kids in the 10- to 15-year-old age range and is a mix of activities, classroom learning and interactive games Leath hopes will help teach children about how to make good decisions and surround themselves with positive influences.