READING, READING, READING
Ms. Phelan (Overbook Educational Center) told her class, “If we got new books, raise your hand if you would treat them like treasures.” Every hand in the room shot up! “If we got those books, raise your hand if you would read them every day.” All hands shot up again! When she told her class […]
STEM WORKSHOPS COME TO WELSH AND PENROSE
STEM plays a major role in the world of education these days. Schools want to give their students all the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math experience they can, but, all too often, Philadelphia students don’t get the STEM learning opportunities that their peers do. A group of high school students from Unionville High School in […]
WHAT DO HIKING, GARDENING, AND HISTORY ALL HAVE IN COMMON?
They’re FUN! And they’re educational too! Philadelphia students have had several exciting learning experiences this fall and we want to tell you more about them. Students from Overbrook Educational Center experienced a life-changing Outward Bound Expedition. A group of 7th and 8th graders hiked more than 20 miles on the Appalachian Trail in northern New Jersey this fall. They […]
DID YOU KNOW THAT WE’RE SUPERHEROES?
“Did you know that we’re superheroes?” That’s what a student at Chadds Ford Elementary School asked her parents before bed. Earlier that day, she and her sister, along with the rest of the students at suburban Chadds Ford Elementary, had heard from Stephanie Andrewlevich, the Principal of S. Weir Mitchell, a K-8 school in Southwest […]
KARATE BUILDS SELF-DISCIPLINE AND CHARACTER
It has been almost twelve month since Delaware Valley Fairness Project sponsored the first after-school Karate program at Mitchell. This fall, we agreed to provide funds to Penrose Elementary so that it, too, could have a Karate club. The programs at both schools are unqualified successes. Greg Slaughter of Golden Armor Karate instructs both groups. […]
OUTDOOR SCIENCE FOR THIRD-GRADERS
Karina Bustamante is a third-grade teacher at John Moffet Elementary School in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. She applied to us in November for a rock, mineral and fossil collection; the Fossil On! game; and funding for a field trip to Wissahickon Valley Park to allow her 34 young students to get some hands-on experience […]
TANKS, LIZARDS AND FISH HELP KINDERGARTNERS UNDERSTAND LIFE
Allison Wudarski and Aileen Lynch teach kindergarten classes at Mitchell Elementary. A year and a half ago, Delaware Valley Fairness Project funded Ms. Wudarski’s request for a fish tank to bring to life the children’s study of living organisms. This fall, we were happy to be able to support a request from Ms. Lynch for a […]
THE FRIENDSHIP TREE
Schools cannot do it alone. Good teachers and good administrators are vital to the development of well-rounded, self-confident young adults, but by themselves they cannot overcome all of the challenges that disadvantaged youth carry within them. They need help to meet all of the needs that these students bring to school every day. That is […]