Education

 By Colin Fry and Brandi Hargette

Southwest: Students Raise Funds for Child in Haiti

Southwest: Students Raise Funds for Child in Haiti

During the fall, Seth Dorrell, an executive director of Economic and Community Development for Southwest Community Development Corp., spoke with students from The New Start Family Resource Center’s After School regarding his intent to volunteer in Haiti. The children demonstrated enthusiasm when learning about a different culture and ways children grow up in the developing […]

 By Passion Rutledge

North Central: After-School Program Promotes Literacy in the Community

North Central: After-School Program Promotes Literacy in the Community

Bernice Bonaparte waited around patiently while the volunteer searched frantically. Bonaparte’s 9-year-old son wanted to purchase a new book. The young volunteer and the son went to find the book while Bonaparte stood off to the side chatting with another parent. Bonaparte raved about the positive impact she’d seen in her child since he’d been […]

 By Lucy Mushi and Ashlyn Coyne

Fairhill: College Access Center Opening Doors For Community Members

Fairhill: College Access Center Opening Doors For Community Members

You can go to college! That is the motto for the College Access Center located at 2603 N. Fifth St. Melisa Cales had a dream to go to college and while chatting with her friend one day, she discovered the College Access Center. Since then, she has managed to get access to resources that have […]

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

In April 2006, a center unlike any other opened at 4842 Ridge Ave., close to Manayunk and East Falls. The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center provides tennis training and classes to all of Philadelphia, along with the surrounding suburbs and New Jersey. The center uses tennis to help kids ages 4 to 18 maintain […]

 By Danielle Grossman and Charlie Creitz

Fairhill: A ‘New Creation’ Sparks Pride in Community

Fairhill: A ‘New Creation’ Sparks Pride in Community

Every neighborhood in Philadelphia has undergone changes over time. In a lot of places, the changes have been for the worse. Buildings became abandoned, undesirables move  into the area and soon enough the neighborhood gets a bad reputation that seems unshakable. A large portion of Fairhill once experienced such decline even getting slapped with the […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: Local Church Makes a Difference in the Community

Ridge Avenue: Local Church Makes a Difference in the Community

Places of worship are very common throughout the city of Philadelphia. With what started as a congregation that met in the house of its minister, The Greater St. Luke’s Disciple Church has since grown into a staple in the Ridge Avenue community. For almost 60 years The Greater St. Luke’s Disciple Church has been serving […]

 By Dan Koob and Josh McAdams

Port Richmond: Three Years Later, Our Lady of Port Richmond Survives

Port Richmond: Three Years Later, Our Lady of Port Richmond Survives

Principal Sister Mary Ripp patrolled the hallways of Our Lady of Port Richmond on her way to  supervise the lunch room. The hallways were alive with second-, fourth- and sixth-graders making their way to the school basement for their lunch period. Addressing every one she passed by name, the principal of one of the three […]

 By Amay Smith and Matthew Surden

Hunting Park: Community Center Offers Kids a Place to Play and Learn

Hunting Park: Community Center Offers Kids a Place to Play and Learn

Every weekday afternoon, there are 60 kids running around the halls of the Hunting Park Christian Academy. Rowdy relay races and dodge ball faceoffs in the basement produce enough screams and cheers to echo up the stairs and out the plain white door of the unassuming after school haven. To find the Ayuda Community Center’s […]

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Bob Dillon may look rusty, but the 68-year-old pitcher said he still has a lot of fight left. He and his teammates work out at the John M. Perzel Community Center every Friday in the winter to warm up for the Philadelphia Senior Softball League season. “We’ve been coming here for a couple of years […]

 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 […]

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