Education

 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 […]

 By Jessica Arnold

Parkside: School of the Future Relies on Forward Thinking, Not Just Technology

Parkside: School of the Future Relies on Forward Thinking, Not Just Technology

For most teenagers, high school helps define where they are headed in life, molding young men and women by exposing them to pathways suitable to fulfilling their desires. Philadelphia’s unique Microsoft High School of The Future does this and more, equipping students with the kinds of practical knowledge necessary to be successful in the real […]

 By Tara Moore

Parkside: Students Salute Their Futures

Parkside: Students Salute Their Futures

Graduation marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next in everyone’s life. In 2006, the Microsoft High School of the Future located on 40th Street and Parkside Avenue opened its doors with the hopes of molding young Philadelphians into technologically savvy young adults prepared to take on the world. Today, four […]

 By Rachel Halkias

North Central: The Stigma of Truant Youth

North Central: The Stigma of Truant Youth

Some kids are just lazy. They don’t care. They must have bad parents. The stigma attached to truants and dropouts is highly generalized, misinformed and many times simply wrong. Lynnette C. Anderson of the Women’s Christian Alliance, who has been working as the organization’s manager of the truancy department since September, said the problem goes […]

 By Sarah Shafer

Nicetown-Tioga: Leap After-School Program Praised Throughout Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Leap After-School Program Praised Throughout Community

The first floor of the Nicetown-Tioga Library looks like any other library. Books are sprawled across the layout of the interior, conversations are kept to a mere whisper and “no cell phones” and “no talking” signs are posted along the walls. Upstairs is a completely different story. Sunshine spills into the large, white room where kids are partaking in an intense game of Dance Dance Revolution. A radio is blaring in the background and a group of kids are nosily playing cards in the far end of the room.

 By Nicole Saylor

Port Richmond: Reading Toward a Better Future

Port Richmond: Reading Toward a Better Future

With summer officially here, students are saying goodbye to homework and uncomfortable desks and looking forward to three months of freedom. But while they give learning a break for the summer, one school-related responsibility still looms—summer reading. Some students enjoy spending parts of their vacation with a book in hand, but most would rather pass […]

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