Education

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Hunting Park: Mentor Uses Education and Squash Experience To Enrich Youth

Hunting Park: Mentor Uses Education and Squash Experience To Enrich Youth

Scott Redpath is the program director of SquashSmarts located at the Lenfest Center on 10th and Pike Streets. Since graduating from St. Lawrence University in 2009, the Philly native has been mentoring students both in the United States and overseas. Redpath was stationed in Romania through the United States Peace Corps where he taught English as a foreign […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Library Closes Temporarily To Repair Ceiling Leak

Chestnut Hill: Library Closes Temporarily To Repair Ceiling Leak

The Chestnut Hill library has been around for over 100 years – 109 years to be exact. The library is located at 8711 Germantown Ave. and is a huge fixture within the Chestnut Hill community. “People love the library because it has a lot to offer to the community, especially to all the different age […]

 

South Philadelphia: Diabetes Prevention Program Finds Audience at Fumo Family Library

South Philadelphia: Diabetes Prevention Program Finds Audience at Fumo Family Library

At the Fumo Family Library in South Philadelphia on Broad Street, residents can not only check out a book, but can also check in on their health. The Diabetes Prevention Program, sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and in conjunction with  Jefferson University Hospital, has come to the library at an especially apt time. According to the CDC, […]

 

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Inspired by growing concerns about the lack of waste management in Germantown, a small group of individuals joined together and recently completed a 90-day clean-up initiative known as “Clean It Up Make It Safe Germantown.” The program, while still in its early stages, is supported by the Ray of Hope Project, a registered non-profit created […]

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Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Walking into the McPherson Square Branch library, adult and teen librarian Chera Kowalski sees many things. The outside of the library, where the use of drugs is a daily occurrence, and the inside, where the people of Kensington are capitalizing on the resources of the library. Kowalski, 32, facilitates many of these resources as she and […]

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Mount Airy: Sheila Avelin Making Community Connections at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

Mount Airy: Sheila Avelin Making Community Connections at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

Sheila Avelin, owner and manager of Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mount Airy, strives to maintain a cozy and accessible literary space within the fast-paced technological world. Located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Big Blue Marble is nestled in a central part of town, neighboring the Weavers Way Co-op and Moving Arts of Mt. Airy. Avelin, a former English teacher at […]

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Nicetown: CDC Leader Majeedah Rashid Building a Better Community

Nicetown: CDC Leader Majeedah Rashid Building a Better Community

Majeedah Rashid is the COO of the Nicetown Community Development Corporation (CDC), an organization dedicated to uplifting the community through education, better housing and financial stability. The Nicetown CDC has maintained that goal since its inception in 1999. Rashid continues to strive for improvement in one of the most impoverished parts of the city of […]

 

Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

The Pennypack Environmental Center is a city-owned and operated facility run by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The center, located at 8600 Verree Rd., had its official opening in 1969 and is a subdivision of Pennypack Park. It was created with the purpose of educating community members about the environment. The Pennypack Environmental Center is about 110 acres, according to Stephen Barras, a […]

 

East Oak Lane: African American Boy Scouts’ Troop Has Difficulty With Generating New Committee Members

East Oak Lane: African American Boy Scouts’ Troop Has Difficulty With Generating New Committee Members

Since 1910, the Boys Scouts of America have been shaping young men from all over the nation into the next leaders of our country. At the Oak Lane Presbyterian Church, the scouts of Troop 19 are taught how to be responsible, knowledgeable, and self-sufficient with the help of their head Scoutmaster Alvin Mitchell and his […]

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Bustleton: Center for Autism Expands on Grant Avenue to Support a Community in Need

Bustleton: Center for Autism Expands on Grant Avenue to Support a Community in Need

The Center for Autism is the oldest treatment center for people with autism spectrum disorder in the United States. Its Northeast location, found at 2801 Grant Ave., is approaching the end of the first part of its multi-phase renovation process. The long referral list at the Center for Autism helped fuel the renovation process, according to Alena Subacus, […]