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Program instructors teach students how the city’s waterways shaped our past and affect our present

Some classrooms keep guinea pigs or guppies as pets, but last year at Cook Wissahickon School in Roxborough, sixth-graders tended young freshwater mussels. “The students feed them and then, when they reach a larger stage, the Fairmount Water Works will place them in a creek,” says Jose L. Ramos, a middle-years reading and English language

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Most Philly-Area colleges are operating online during the pandemic. How are students and professors adapting?

The Class of 2020 didn’t attend prom, senior week, graduation parties, or various other rites of passage associated with graduating high school. Those graduates, now college freshmen, sit perched at their laptops from wherever they feel safest during a global pandemic. “Missing out on the rest of my senior year, I just kept having the

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An interview with Philadelphia educator Keziah Ridgeway on how teachers can move past America’s tradition of whitewashing history lessons

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This jingle echoed through my head as a kid every Columbus Day when our history teacher would devote a whole lesson to the man who discovered America. Christopher Columbus was a visionary, a pioneer who spawned the dawn of a new world that would eventually become the United

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ParentChild+ provides more than educational support for parents and children, using emergency funds to help buy groceries and diapers during pandemic

Closing the Gap is a four-part series by Grid highlighting education nonprofits working to make sure Philly’s literacy gap doesn’t get bigger during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the fourth and final installation. Click on the following links to read the previous pieces on Mighty Writers, ATTRACT, and Springboard Collaborative. Like the other nonprofits, ParentChild+

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ATTRACT supports low-income students with care packages and Zoom learning sessions during pandemic

Closing the Gap is a four-part series by Grid highlighting education nonprofits working to make sure Philly’s literacy gap doesn’t get bigger during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the second installation. Click on the following link to read the previous piece on Mighty Writers. For Founder and CEO of ATTRACT, Tierra Jones, cares for the

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Mighty Writers pivots to provide kids with meals and virtual support during the pandemic

Closing the Gap is a four-part series by Grid highlighting education nonprofits working to make sure Philly’s literacy gap doesn’t get bigger during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first installation. When seven-year-old Aki Mir passed by a lemonade stand in South Philadelphia with her mom, she heard someone calling her name but wasn’t sure

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Museum program teaches high school students about watershed and tap water research in their communities

A  lot of americans have a vague idea of where their water comes from, says Kayla Callender, a former participant in the Independence Seaport Museum’s River Ambassador program. “We take water for granted,” she says. “We assume it’s never going to run out.” The River Ambassadors program is bridging the disconnect between citizens and their

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One Art Community Center is an oasis of healing, learning and support in West Philadelphia

Photo courtesy of Hoshea Hart-Rogovin One Love by Alex Jones On an unassuming block of North 52nd Street in West Philadelphia, Malaika Hart and her family have spent more than a decade working toward their vision: an oasis of sustainability and healing where an abandoned lumberyard-turned-short-dumping-ground once stood. That vision has become One Art Community

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