Education

 By Maureen Costello and Mary Coyle

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

The innocent chatter of a group of elementary age children spills out of a colorful room filled with bookshelves and play mats. Dressed in smocks and wielding paintbrushes, they splash colors on to blank sheets of paper laid out on tables. In another room, an older group sits on the floor and listens intently to […]

 By Michelle Provencher and Milan Vracarich Jr.

North Central Philly: Tree House Books Helps Youth, Captures ‘Voice of Philadelphia’

North Central Philly: Tree House Books Helps Youth, Captures ‘Voice of Philadelphia’

“We knew not to go to Eighth Street because of the shootings. We knew not to go to 12th Street because of the drug war.” This was how Sharif Street, lawyer and son of former Philadelphia Mayor John Street, described his childhood to the children of Tree House Books. The children are from the same […]

 By Jared Pass and Chelsea Leposa

Technology: Repairing Computers, Refurbishing Futures

Technology: Repairing Computers, Refurbishing Futures

Lorenda Legions was referred to the Non-Profit Technology Resources’ Tech-Redi program in 2008, and three months later she was a full-time employee. “It’s a wonderful program, I learned a lot,” Legions said with a smile of appreciation. Legions, like other Tech-Redi workers, was placed in the warehouse stacked full with palettes of computer monitors, hard-drives […]

 By Anna Palij and Matthew Pitts

South Philadelphia: Jazz Club Reinvigorates Community Music Culture

South Philadelphia: Jazz Club Reinvigorates Community Music Culture

The fast-paced notes of a jazz tune can be heard down the halls of the Clef Club, as senior and junior ensembles practice their skills. Drums pounding, saxophones dragging low notes and trumpets blare out past titles, as well as new creations by students in the class. The Clef Club isn’t just any old music […]

 By Christanna Ciabattoni and Jocelyn McArthur

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Last Saturday, 2-year-old  Maeve Cooper made her acting debut.  “I was a dog–a girl dog. Woof, woof!” She also witnessed a cockroach give her legs in marriage and a confused cat realize he was not a Chihuahua. The Family Theatre Series, an interactive storytelling performance held at the Walking Fish Theatre, gives children the opportunity to creatively […]

 By Chelsea Leposa

North Philadelphia: The Village Teaches Digital Media

North Philadelphia: The Village Teaches Digital Media

  The colorfully painted walls at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia allow the students to forget their day’s troubles and concentrate on their creativity.  Before class begins students sit around sharing the latest gossip and bragging about their day.  The smiles on their faces and the energy of the room prove […]

 By Jared Pass

Technology: A New Model for Schools

Technology: A New Model for Schools

At the Science Leadership Academy the students are treated like adults, according a junior at the Science Leadership Academy, Cody Nichols. The Science Leadership Academy (SLA) is a new student oriented, project-based school. The school is working in partnership with the Philadelphia School District and the Franklin Institute. There are no standardized tests besides the […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter and Ayisha Arshad

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

President of Historic Germantown David Young can give several reasons why Germantown is the most historic neighborhood in America: the Battle of Germantown in 1777, the first protest against slavery in 1688 and the first European-language Bible published in America. Perhaps the least well-known reason is when prominent African Americans, including civil rights activist W.E.B. […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

The current budget passed by the commonwealth left the Philadelphia School District looking at a $178 million gap. Fernando Gallard, the director of media relations for the district, says that cuts will be made in operating costs, not in the budgets of the schools themselves. He explained that jobs would be shuffled around, basically realigning the […]