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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Not their first (Rolling) Rodeo…

The Rolling Rodeo returns to the playground of Southwark Elementary School, 9th and Mifflin streets, Saturday, May 12th, from 10am to 12pm. Children under 12 years old from surrounding neighborhoods are invited to bring “anything with wheels” (and their parents or a guardian) to this family-friendly event. The Rodeo is produced by the Friends of Southwark, part of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association Education Committee which helps support the school.

Last year, children descended on the school yard on bicycles, scooters, roller skates, and in wagons. Organizers expect the same mix of wheeled conveyances this year, but they’ve collaborated with new partners to expand the event. Children can decorate their rides, race through a road-safety obstacle course, and participate in other games. As Friends of Southwark chair Nichole Girgenti explained: “The event provides a safe space for children to ride and race, while learning the rules of the road and participating in helmet and bike checks.”

In addition to the learning component, “The 2017 Rolling Rodeo was successful as a welcoming and inclusive event for all of our South Philadelphia neighbors,” Girgenti explained, “This is due in large part to the driving force behind the event, David Krill.” Krill, a neighbor of the school and Friends of Southwark member, conceived and found funding for the event.

A scene from the 2017 Rolling Rodeo.

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Eliza Kirkbride students visit City Council to promote Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Week

Students from the Eliza B. Kirkbride School visited City Council and were recognized by Councilman Squilla last week for their arts-based project  titled “American Dreams”. In honor of Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Week, the students brought signs with messages of “Save the Arts”  and “Protect Arts Ed,” speaking to the need for arts funding in Philly public schools.

Eliza Kirkbride students visit City Council to promote Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Week
“It made me feel important to be there”, commented one 8th grade student.
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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

LoMo Storm Drain Art Project with Ryan Psota

Last month the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association launched their Storm Drain Art Project with Philly artist, Ryan Psota. The project’s purpose is to “bring more attention to our watershed and (hopefully) discourage citizens from throwing trash into the drains,” says LoMo board member, Rachel Cox.

Lower Moyamensing Civic Association Storm Drain Art Project with Ryan Psota

SE corner of Broad and Snyder

With three storm drains already spoken for, LoMo is still accepting nominations for a fourth. Potential canvases should fit the criteria though:
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Little Free Library at Passyunk Square

Saw this on Sunday at Passyunk Square. What a great way to encourage more reading!

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

#LittleFreeLibrary at #PassyunkSquare

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What's Happening in:  Girard Estate :  Newbold :  Passyunk Square 

Take a look at schoolyard improvement designs for Childs, Kirkbride and Girard Schools

Since October, we’ve been sharing with you the progress of schoolyard designs for three South Philadelphia schools that would be receiving updated designs for their play and learning spaces thanks to a program through the Big Sandbox, the Knight Foundation, TBS and students from the University of Colorado and Iowa State University.

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After a few months of the design process, including feedback from students, parents and community members, the final design boards are completed for George W. Childs Elementary, the Stephen Girard School and Eliza B. Kirkbride School.

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