By Jake Adams and Antonio Boone

Strawberry Mansion: Supporters Present Case to Save School

Strawberry Mansion: Supporters Present Case to Save School

[vimeo 60275537] Just over 12 hours after the principals for Leslie P. Hill Elementary and Strawberry Mansion High School spoke at the School Reform Commission hearing this week  teachers at those schools and community members voiced their concerns to the body that controls public schools in Philadelphia. L.P. Hill supporters testified during the second day of […]

 By Jake Adams and Antonio Boone

Strawberry Mansion: Local Residents Advocate to Keep School Open

Strawberry Mansion: Local Residents Advocate to Keep School Open

A  group of protesters gathered outside the School District of Philadelphia’s North Broad Street headquarters this week,  continuing opposition to scheduled school closures. Shouting chants like “Our children are not for sale!” the protestors cited their objections as the first of  three consecutive days of public meetings the School Reform Commission will conduct to hear […]

 By Colin Kerrigan

Strawberry Mansion: An Inner-city School’s Trip to the Farm

Strawberry Mansion: An Inner-city School’s Trip to the Farm

When I first agreed to go on a field trip to Merrymead Farm in Lansdale with L.P. Hill Elementary School, I was concerned. The thought of helping chaperone 80 first- through third-graders was a little intimidating. Several scenarios played out in my head. What if I lost a kid I was supposed to be watching? […]

 By Colin Kerrigan

Strawberry Mansion: Final Stretch to Winter Break

Strawberry Mansion: Final Stretch to Winter Break

The students at L.P. Hill Elementary School already have their sights set on the end of the first half of the school year, most commonly known to them as holiday break. “They get anxious knowing that break is only a few weeks away,” said Lacey Yoder, a first-grade teacher. “We try to use their excitement […]

 By Colin Kerrigan

Strawberry Mansion: A Field Trip to the Farm

Strawberry Mansion: A Field Trip to the Farm

“My favorite part of the trip was the hayride,” said a first-grader from L.P. Hill Elementary School. “No,” another student said. “My favorite was the seeing all the animals.” Three bus loads of students from first, second and third grade, went on a field trip to MerryMead Farm, located 25 minutes outside of the city […]

 By Colin Kerrigan

Strawberry Mansion: Field Trips for Kids on a Tight Budget

Strawberry Mansion: Field Trips for Kids on a Tight Budget

Kids who attend L.P. Hill Elementary School rarely get to experience life outside of Strawberry Mansion. The main reason for this is the parents’ economic status. They simply cannot afford to take their children on a trip to see various things throughout the city and its surrounding areas. Luckily for the students, they have first-grade […]

 By Colin Kerrigan and Sherrell Williams

Strawberry Mansion: Goals for the School Year

Strawberry Mansion: Goals for the School Year

With the new school year only a few weeks old at L.P Hill Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion, the administrators already have goals they hope to reach. “The number one goal is to always provide the kids with a safe and comfortable learning environment,” said Camara Wilson, the vice principal at L.P Hill Elementary School, “and […]

 By Colin Kerrigan and Sherrell Williams

Strawberry Mansion: Leslie Pinckney Hill Elementary School Gets Ready For New School Year

Strawberry Mansion: Leslie Pinckney Hill Elementary School Gets Ready For New School Year

Back to school mayhem has begun but teachers at Leslie Pinckney Hill Elementary School are ready for the new year. “I am very excited, I love shopping for school supplies,” said Geralyn McGinty, a second-grade teacher in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood school. “I love the beginning of the school year.” She was putting the finishing […]