Springfield School District is taking something good and making it better. How great is that? The long-standing Gold Pass will have a new offer with the inaugural semester of the Gold Pass Academy. Added to free entry into all types of school district functions with the Gold Pass, the Academy will now feature free, continuing education courses "powered by Delaware County Community College."

This September will be the first series of Academy courses which the district hopes to offer both fall and spring semesters. This is a chance to be in the first class and potentially make an impact of what happens next.

Springfield and Morton residents, 60 and older, have had the chance for a Gold Pass which reads "In recognition of and appreciation for interest and support shown to the Springfield School District." The pass gains entry to performing arts programs and sports events otherwise requiring a paid ticket. But the district wondered what else could be done to similarly add value to residents in the school community, said Lori Schmidt, a veteran district educator, currently Teacher on Administrative Assignment, and now also Director of the Gold Pass Academy.

The program has a number of attractive features in addition to being offered at no charge. DCCC is managing the courses and providing instructors who are already associated with the college. Classes will be conveniently held at Springfield High School. Participants who are interested in more than one course subject will have an opportunity with the staggered schedule. And for those who just want a taste of going "back to school," one course is a single evening, and two others meet only twice. The course subjects are varied in activity and participation.

The district will be listing all the information on the SSD website (The Senior Connection), flyers will be displayed around Springfield Township and Morton Borough, and school board directors will be happy to give out postcards complete with times and dates. But here are the details to get the registration ball rolling:

  • Beginning Italian—An engaging 8 week course that introduces basic vocabulary, pronunciation and sentence structure.
    • Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m., September 10 through October 29.
  • Chair Yoga—One of the gentlest forms of yoga available, the class is custom-designed so that anyone can enjoy the benefits of yoga practice.
    • Monday 7-8 p.m., September 10 through Oct. 22.
  • Introduction to Floral Design—Hands-on instruction in basic floral design techniques and mechanics. (Materials will be supplied.)
    • Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m., November 5 & 12.
  • Smartphone Basics—Learn all the capabilities of the phone including email and Internet usage/safety. (Participants must have a smart phone.)
    • Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m., November 5 & 12.
  • Empty Nesters—Learn about resources to help put true priorities in order.
    • Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m., November 19 (only.)

"DCCC offers all the courses in their continuing education catalog and during their Elder Week programming, and the college pointed out the popular ones to us. We chose these after doing a survey of Golf View Estates residents, and know that's just a small portion of our senior population, so we look forward to suggestions from everyone who is interested in a certain topic or skill," said Lori Schmidt.

            Since class size will be regulated by topic, there is both a minimum and maximum number for various courses. Registration opens July 9, but first all those interested must have a Gold Pass. For all information about the basic Gold Pass, contact Debi Marker,, 610-938-6004. For more information about the Gold Pass Academy, contact Lori Schmidt,, 610-938-6199.

For more information, visit The Senior Connection. Then get ready for some fun and free learning courtesy of Springfield School District.


Submitted by Susan L. Serbin