Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Dressed sharply in a dark suit and tie, Abu Edwards sat adjacent to Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul P. Panepinto. The room emanated ceremony, muted in tone and tenor, with rows of forward-facing benches. Nobody banged gavels or swore in witnesses. Yet the two men each endured scrutiny from the small gathering […]

 By Samuel Scimeca and Micaella Wesley

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

[vimeo 80776295] It’s no secret that the School District of Philadelphia has fallen on hard times. The district has to work with the budget it has set and because of this budget there have been many staff layoffs. Among those laid off include principals, assistant principals, secretaries and teachers. One position that was hit hard were […]

 Aaron Stevens & Christine Mattson

Mt. Airy: Houston Elementary Library Renovations Spark Community Outreach

Mt. Airy: Houston Elementary Library Renovations Spark Community Outreach

Henry H. Houston Elementary in Mount Airy weathered the Philadelphia School District budget crisis with help from the surrounding community. Despite the Philadelphia School District faces a $304 million budget gap this fiscal year, Houston Elementary has not only added several after school programs but also will open its newly renovated library full of donated […]

 By Colin Kerrigan

Strawberry Mansion: The Homework Club

Strawberry Mansion: The Homework Club

Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past month, Jessica Ausen, the counselor at L.P. Hill Elementary School has held the homework club, an after-school program that came to light when the principal called for more extra-curricular activities. Ausen decided it would be an ideal opportunity for kids in the Comprehensive Student Assistance Program(CSAP) to get […]

 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 […]