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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Mosaic Mural Dedicated at Kirkbride School

By Tim Gibbon for the Passyunk Post

On Tuesday, June 5th students, teachers, project partners, and community members gathered at Eliza Kirkbride School, 1501 South 7th Street, for the dedication of the new mosaic mural that now adorns the front of their school. Kirkbride students worked with COSACOSA art at large, Inc. to produce the mural, titled “Philadelphia: Love & Liberty.” COSACOSA is a non-profit organization that engages people of differing backgrounds to work together toward a common goal through participatory art-making.

The new mosaic mural at Kirkbride. Photo by Ellie Seif.

The artwork celebrates both Philadelphia’s role in the founding of the nation and the hopes of its youth. Students investigated connections among the ideals expressed in our nation’s founding documents and immigrant stories from their families, their school, and their neighborhood. Kirkbride students represent more than 30 different ethnicities, and many are new immigrants. The ceremony coincided with the national celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month.

Kirkbride student artists. Photo by Tim Gibbon.

The ceremony featured remarks principal Rebecca Julien and teachers Catherine Memmolo and Peter Metcalfe. Praising the student’s work, COSACOSA Director Kimberly Niemela said, “In the mural, a rainbow bridge of understanding runs across the entire city.”

Sabrya Ross, an 8th grade student at Kirkbride who worked on the mural, noted that “Love and freedom are very important because there’s a lot of separation and hate in the world. We should all try to come together to make it better.” Fellow 8th-grader Guosheng Chen added, “When we are united together as one community, we can achieve any goal.”

Sabrya Ross, an 8th grade student at Kirkbride gives her remarks. Photo by Ellie Seif.

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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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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

South Philly schools seeing continued increase in enrollment

Three South Philly recently ranked among the best in the city, showing some of the strong points in the education system in the city.

Andrew Jackson pic from greatphillyschools.org

Andrew Jackson pic from greatphillyschools.org

While many schools are doing very well, others in the Philadelphia School District have rapidly growing enrollment rates, with some schools even reaching capacity. Schools like Jackson and Meredith Elementary are currently at, or even over, capacity, showing that something needs to be done here. 

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Three South Philly schools rank among best in the city

Last week the School District of Philadelphia announced the top-ranking schools in the city.

Pic of Kirkbride comes from friends group's Facebook page

Pic of Kirkbride comes from friends group’s Facebook page

Among the recipients of praise were three South Philadelphia schools, Kirkbride elementary, Christopher Columbus charter and the Academy at Palumbo.

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