Education

 By Charlie Creitz

Center City: Annual Reading Initiative at the Free Library

Center City: Annual Reading Initiative at the Free Library

Philadelphia has many annual traditions. From the boisterous fun of the Mummer’s Parade to the solemn lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Rittenhouse Square, these traditions cover every major descriptor available. The Free Library of Philadelphia hopes its relatively new annual initiative will take root just as prominently as all of the other ones […]

 By Jennifer Lee and Trey Shields

Mt. Airy: Lovett’s is a Place the Community Can Rely On

Mt. Airy: Lovett’s is a Place the Community Can Rely On

Opened for more than 122 years, Lovett Memorial Library is more than just a place where people can check out books. Located on the 6900 block of Germantown Avenue, Lovett’s a haven that the community can rely on. Lovett Memorial Library was named after Thomas Robert Lovett, a Mt. Airy resident who had an interest […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus and Judy Kim

Mantua: Working Toward a Brighter Future

Mantua: Working Toward a Brighter Future

For Michael Rocco, principal of Philadelphia Learning Academy South, working to improve the lives of troubled youth is an ordinary day. Although he’s been working for the School District of Philadelphia for 31 years, Rocco has never witnessed secondary education like that at PLAS. Located at 43rd and Westminster Avenue, the academy focuses on goal-setting […]

 By Tracy Galloway

Center City: Urban Affairs Coalition Receives Grant to Increase Broadband Access

Center City: Urban Affairs Coalition Receives Grant to Increase Broadband Access

In mid-September, the Freedom Rings Sustainable Broadband Adoption Partnership, a coalition of non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, private businesses and government organizations, was awarded an $11.8 million grant to increase Internet access in Philadelphia. The grant was awarded to the SBA Partnership by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration through its Broadband Technology Opportunity […]

 By Brittany Miller and Kenneth Marone

Hunting Park: Students Take on the Arts at the ‘Korner’

Hunting Park: Students Take on the Arts at the ‘Korner’

The door of the Orange Korner Arts House is hard to miss. Its coat of bright orange paint stands out among the otherwise ordinary exteriors of white and red lining the block. The door itself grabs the attention of the children of the community, but it’s what’s behind the door that keeps the children of […]

 By Lindsay Burgess and Brad Larrison

Strawberry Mansion: Residential Expansion Projects Replace Blight

Strawberry Mansion: Residential Expansion Projects Replace Blight

“I call this particular site here ‘one stop,’” Lenora Jackson-Evans beams from her seat at the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation’s conference table. “We try to do whatever we can for the neighborhood as a whole.” Jackson-Evans is the executive director of the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center (NAC), an organization that shares its headquarters […]

 By Alex Onkow and Stacey Naughton

Logan: A Historic House and the Community

Logan: A Historic House and the Community

Many houses in Logan are in poor condition. On some streets boarded-up windows are as common as glass ones. Factories are abandoned, crumbling and filled with graffiti. Most of these structures were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. One building however, stands out among the row homes. The simple brick building in the […]

 By Brittany Miller and Kenneth Marone

Hunting Park: Local Center Gives Students a ‘Dream’

Hunting Park: Local Center Gives Students a ‘Dream’

Nestled among a mix of row homes, auto body shops and the Hunting Park Community Garden rests a small brick building, which might go unnoticed to passersby. But for 15 students who call the area home, the Feltonville Dream Center is a beacon of hope, an organization shining its light to children of the community. […]

 By Lauren Macaluso

North Central: Community Group Hosts First Annual School Supply Drive

North Central: Community Group Hosts First Annual School Supply Drive

Summer vacation felt alive and well last Saturday afternoon on the 1600 block of Susquehanna Avenue. School may have started a week ago for most of the children in the neighborhood, but the smell of hot dogs on the grill and the sound of people congregating in the closed-off street said otherwise. Members of the […]

 By Stacey Naughton

South Philadelphia: Fight Against Racial Discrimination Continues into New School Year

South Philadelphia: Fight Against Racial Discrimination Continues into New School Year

It may be a new school year for most, but one teacher didn’t clean up his room and redecorate for new students. Instead he spent his summer sitting in a storage closet waiting for answers. William Aitken is a teacher at South Philadelphia High School who recognized that students were coordinating an attack on Asian […]

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