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West Philadelphia: Libraries “Plant A Seed” That Brings Success And Literacy For West Philly Children

West Philadelphia: Libraries “Plant A Seed” That Brings Success And Literacy For West Philly Children

Out of the 339 schools within the Philadelphia School District, only eight have full-time paid certified librarians. Louis Lozzi, a Philadelphia native and teacher said that the lack of library funding in the school system has been an issue since he began his teaching career 15 years ago. “I’m used to being in schools without […]

 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 […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Haddington: WePAC Holds a Conversation on Philly Schools Budget Crisis

Haddington: WePAC Holds a Conversation on Philly Schools Budget Crisis

Members of the West Philadelphia Alliance for children (WePAC) recently hosted a discussion “Budget Battles: A Conversation on Philly Schools” at the Haddington Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. WePAC provides literary programs to young students. It’s funded by private dollars and offers all of its services at no cost to schools or to […]