Paul J Solis Homework Helper

Parents who work outside the home often are challenged to provide supervised before and after school care for their children. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. children have parents who work away from home, leaving 15 million youth unsupervised by adults when the school day ends.

Brightside Academy’s before and after school program supports busy families with adult supervision for their children when they are not in school. We offer:

  • Service for children 5- to 12-years-old
  • Homework help and tutoring
  • Enriching activities: drama, art, technology and more
  • Safe and secure environment
  • Nutritious meals and snacks included
  • Passionate and caring teachers
  • Payment through vouchers/subsidies

Many of our locations also provide safe and reliable transportation to and from select schools. Review the list below to find out what schools are served by location.


Transportation Provided to and from the Following Schools:


East Liberty LocationFulton Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Liberty Elementary
Jeannette LocationJeannette McKee Elementary
McKeesport LocationFrancis McClure Primary, Twin Rivers Primary, Twin Rivers Intermediate, Francis McClure Intermediate, Propel School, Founders Hall
925 Liberty LocationMartin Luther King, Manchester Charter, Allegheny Traditional Academy
North Versailles LocationLogan Elementary School – East Allegheny
415 Smithfield LocationUrban Pathways, Langley, Miller
Smithfield LocationGrandview, Brookline, Beechwood
Squirrel Hill LocationGreenfield Elementary, Colfax Elementary, Minadeo Elementary, Propel Elementary






Longline fisheries, oil spills, and offshore wind farms are some of the major threats increasing seabird mortality at sea, but the impact of these threats on specific populations has been difficult to determine so far. We tested the use of molecular markers, morphometric measures, and stable isotope (δ15N and δ13C) and trace element concentrations in the first primary feather (grown at the end of the breeding period) to assign the geographic origin of Calonectris shearwaters. Overall, we sampled birds from three taxa: 13 Mediterranean Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea diomedea) breeding sites, 10 Atlantic Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea borealis) breeding sites, and one Cape Verde Shearwater (C. edwardsii) breeding site. Assignment rates were investigated at three spatial scales: breeding colony, breeding archipelago, and taxa levels. Genetic analyses based on the mitochondrial control region (198 birds from 21 breeding colonies) correctly assigned 100% of birds to the three main taxa but failed in detecting geographic structuring at lower scales. Discriminant analyses based on trace elements composition achieved the best rate of correct assignment to colony (77.5%). Body measurements or stable isotopes mainly succeeded in assigning individuals among taxa (87.9% and 89.9%, respectively) but failed at the colony level (27.1% and 38.0%, respectively). Combining all three approaches (morphometrics, isotopes, and trace elements on 186 birds from 15 breeding colonies) substantially improved correct classifications (86.0%, 90.7%, and 100% among colonies, archipelagos, and taxa, respectively). Validations using two independent data sets and jackknife cross-validation confirmed the robustness of the combined approach in the colony assignment (62.5%, 58.8%, and 69.8% for each validation test, respectively). A preliminary application of the discriminant model based on stable isotope δ15N and δ13C values and trace elements (219 birds from 17 breeding sites) showed that 41 Cory's Shearwaters caught by western Mediterranean long-liners came mainly from breeding colonies in Menorca (48.8%), Ibiza (14.6%), and Crete (31.7%). Our findings show that combining analyses of trace elements and stable isotopes on feathers can achieve high rates of correct geographic assignment of birds in the marine environment, opening new prospects for the study of seabird mortality at sea.

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