2015-11-25

Over 200 City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps members serve in 14 schools in the Philadelphia area. Our AmeriCorps members are working hard to provide extra support through services and resources for our students. The schools and communities we serve in have a rich culture and history, which can be seen in the diversity of the schools’ namesakes. Do you know the history behind the schools’ names? Let’s take a look at some of the schools that we serve in:

William D Kelley STEM Academy

William D Kelley STEM Academy is in the heart of the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia. The school was built in 1966 and was named after Mr. William Darrah Kelley. Kelley was well-known and a great asset to the city of Philadelphia through the many hats he wore. Throughout the mid 1800’s, he was a judge, an advocate for public policy and school reform, a congressman, an author and a dedicated volunteer in Philadelphia. Today, the school serves 300 plus students in grades Pre K-8th.

Grover Washington Jr. Middle School

Grover Washington Jr. Middle School located in the North Philadelphia section of the city is named after the 1980’s Grammy-winning saxophonist, Grover Washington Jr. On February 7th, 2001, the Board of Education approved the school name after Washington's strong dedication to the Philadelphia community and its youth.

A large mural of Grover Washington Jr. can also be seen on the corner of Broad and Diamond Streets. The school is home to over 700 students in grades 5-8th.

The work of our team at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School is made possible by Program Sponsor, Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Roosevelt Elementary School

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary school is a historic building located in the Morton neighborhood in Philadelphia. The school was built in 1924 and was one of the first schools to be designed by Irwin T. Catharine in Philadelphia. The school was named after our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt is most remembered for his foreign policy and environmentalism. Today, Roosevelt Elementary is home to 300 plus students grades K-8th.

 

Dimmer Beeber Junior High School

Dimmer Beeber Junior High School is a building in the West Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia. It was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1932. The school was named after Judge Dimmer Beeber; a prominent figure in the Philadelphia judicial system. Judge Beeber also served on the Philadelphia Board of education and helped reform the school district that we know today. Currently, there are 200 plus students at Beeber in grades 7th and 8th.

The work of our team at Dimmer Beeber Junior High School is made possible by Program Sponsor, Deloitte.

Written by Zakiyah Ingram, City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps member serving at William D. Kelley STEM Academy

Sources:
http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/k/kelley/about-us
http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/w/grover/about-us
http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/r/roosevelt
http://greatphillyschools.org/schools/dimner-beeber-middle-school

 

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