Education

 By Jessica Lynn Argondizza

South Philadelphia: Helping Kids Write in the Age of Texting

South Philadelphia: Helping Kids Write in the Age of Texting

With barely decipherable text messages, tweets and Facebook posts dominating many students’ writing, one South Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization seeks to bring proper reading and writing back into style with fun, educational workshops. Mighty Writers, started by the former editor of Philadelphia Weekly, Tim Whitaker, serves the dual purpose of teaching grammar and building self confidence. […]

 By Lauren Correia And Belmo Mayers

Olney: Cardinal Dougherty Students Lament Loss of their School

Olney: Cardinal Dougherty Students Lament Loss of their School

On October 8, 2009, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closing of Cardinal Dougherty High School at the completion of the 2009-2010 school year due to low and continually declining enrollment. As June is approaching, the reality of the looming closure is starting to sink in to students at the school in Olney. “Hearing the […]

 By Lauren Correia and Belmo Mayers

Olney: The Final Days for a Catholic School

Olney: The Final Days for a Catholic School

Over 40,000 students have graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School since it first opened its doors in Olney on September 5, 1956. This June, the final set of seniors will cross the stage to receive their diplomas from the Catholic high school in Olney. The official announcement about the closing of Dougherty issued by the […]

 By Rachel Hooper and Travis Gold

Germantown: An Awbury Arboretum Education

Germantown: An Awbury Arboretum Education

Few automatically think of a 55-acre setting as a giant school of sorts. But that is what happens at the Awbury Arboretum. This green space  located in Germantown at One Awbury Road off of Chew Avenue is a setting that offers educational and community activities for children and adults. The arboretum land is site to […]

 By Lauren Williams and Josh Schrager

Ludlow: Library Leaps to Encourage Literacy

Ludlow: Library Leaps to Encourage Literacy

A snaggle-toothed little boy, with the help of an older woman, slowly and carefully reads, “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.” A few lines from the world’s favorite doctor, Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” Across the […]

 By Josh Schrager and Lauren Williams

Ludlow Elementary Serves As Second Home For Students

Ludlow Elementary Serves As Second Home For Students

In an attempt to teach students about respect and anti-bullying, James Ludlow Elementary School  has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League as part of a program called “No Place For Hate.” Anti-Defamation League counselors come in to the school, which is located on 550 W. Master St., to talk to the teachers first and then the […]

 By Jimmy Viola

West Poplar: Residents Learn to Network Within Neighborhoods

West Poplar: Residents Learn to Network Within Neighborhoods

Brick houses with green lawns rest next to vacant lots with overgrown weeds creeping through the chain-link fence. Pink-pedaled remnants of spring blanket the sidewalks.  A group of young men smoke a blunt in the backyard of a church. Welcome to the projects in West Poplar, where shades of suburbia are blurred with the grit and charm […]

 By Steve Ciccarelli

Fairhill: Art and Literacy for Kids

Fairhill: Art and Literacy for Kids

A dozen tiny hands shoot up in the air. Bodies shake anxiously in anticipation as their mouths emit sounds of “Ooh!” and “Memememe!” One such small body is chosen to answer. As his smile widens, “Cold liquid?” the young boy asks, searching for some sort of approval before giving his final answer. “Yes,” says Christina […]

 By Ben T. Levy

Allegheny: Trying to Improve Schools

Allegheny: Trying to Improve Schools

As Ronald Hinton, the president of the Allegheny West Foundation, loads boxes of surplus Easter cupcakes onto the shelves of the Tastykake outlet that is staffed by Allegheny high school students, he beams with pride as he delivers the statistics for the most recent batch of seniors who attended the foundation. Of the group of […]

 By Josh Schrager

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Located on 1501 Germantown Ave., the Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy is a Muslim-based school for kindergarteners through 12th graders. Members of the faculty, such as Principal Abdur Rahman, teach Muslim values each day. Rahman believes that many Americans stereotype Muslims as terrorists. However, he attempts to shed that stereotype. “We’re always talking about the good qualities […]