Southwark has gotten a lot more colorful with new murals on each floor of the 3-story school, bright colors painted in the hallways and a freshly painted front door, featuring a new sign and logo. Plus, there’s a now refurbished garden outside.
In addition to new fresh pops of color in the school, the garden outside has received some upgrades in memory of Southwark’s longtime chief of maintenance, Al Huber, who passed away last year.
Southwark has seen a renewed level of support from the community, including active support from the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (you can help out with their education committee) and a popular principal who started last fall, Andrew Lukov. And the school yard is set to be reimagined thanks to a desing grant from the Community Design Collaborative and the celebrated landscape architect firm Olin.
It’s also kind of a big time for this little section of the neighborhood. Just across the street from Southwark is the former Bok Technical School, which is being planned for redevelopment into a new mixed-use community with art studios, retail, apartments and more.
– Taylor Farnsworth, @tfarnsworth3