Thursday, December 13, 2012
5th District Police host annual party for local school kids.
Magic and tinsel were in the air, as Dobson Elementary School students celebrated Christmas a little early with Philadelphia Police on Wednesday. For the 44th year, the 5th District police department hosted its annual Christmas party for second grade students at the Manayunk public school. Miss Green Bean—part clown, part magician—dazzled the boys and girls with a holiday-themed act; Santa and Mrs. Claus rode into the station astride a Philadelphia Fire Department engine; and all the kids received at least two presents, thanks to donations from residents and local businesses. "We would really like to thank all of the businesses and citizens in the 5th District for their generous donations. Otherwise, we never would be able to host this …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Towpath features artwork from elementary school students.
Just in time for the Manayunk Arts Festival, students from Dobson Elementary School exhibited their flair for art and science. In an art installation behind Main Street businesses, third, fifth and eighth grade students worked to spruce up the Manayunk Canal Towpath . The digital designs, which run along the towpath throughout Main Street, were spotlight the water habitat in the canal and locally within the Schuylkill River. The project coincides with a temporary art installation at Canal View Park, which debuted Friday , that brings the canal water to strollers in an interactive light display. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Manayunk Development Corporation organized the event. The students' art hangs behind businesses like…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Residents pleaded with Philadelphia City Council members to help with schools.
"Crumbs for Children," "There Aren't Enough Cookies," and "Corbett to Schools" Bake Your Way Out" were signs written by parents that were more than puns based on baked goods. Parents from schools throughout Philadelphia rallied at City Hall Thursday for a "Mock Bake Sale on Education." Distributing cookies of all shapes and sizes to City Council members, the parents urged their local representatives to take greater ownership over the School District of Philadelphia. The event, part of a larger statewide intiative, symbolized what organizers called a broken system. "This mock bake represents what is real. At my son's grade school, there's a real bake sale tomorrow in support of—not special things like music, arts, sports uniforms... but in …
Parents hold mock bake sale at City Hall.
Emphasizing that students are receiving crumbs from the state budget, parents gathered at City Hall Thursday afternoon. In a two-part protest, parents, teachers, staff and students distributed cookies to Philadelphia Council Members to demonstrate they too have a hand in educating children in Philadelphia. Later, parents, staff and politicians spoke below William Penn to encourage the governor and citizens that city schools deserve better funding. View the photo gallery and read coverage from the rally here.