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Historic Church in Philadelphia Steps Up To Host Summer School In The Midst Of School Budget Crisis
Mother Bethel AME hopes partnership with neighborhood schools and civic organizations will encourage other congregations to "stand in the gap" to help students advance to the next grade level
The Summer School program curriculum is being developed by Dr. Ralph Burnley, Principal of Nebinger Elementary School and former area Superintendent for the South District. Dr. Burnley, who recently was named Principal of the Year and received the prestigious Lindback Award, is also hiring certified public school teachers and teacher’s assistants who will operate the summer school inside the church. Nebinger was “adopted” last August by Mother Bethel and partnered with the church during the school year in a Saturday Mentoring Program. Mother Bethel’s staff will handle building operations and serve the free meals provided by the Archdiocese “Summer Meals” program. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the students will also be enriched by special “assemblies”
The School District of Philadelphia is unable to hold summer school classes for students in elementary school. This means dozens of children will have to repeat a grade next year. That’s why Mother Bethel reached out to the principals of Nebinger, McCall, and Meredith Elementary Schools to help children living in their community. The cost to operate summer school at the church is about $6,000. Most of the money was raised by Mother Bethel AME Church. The Queen Village Neighbors Association (QVNA) donated $2500. “When Leslie came to the QVNA Board with her vision for 'filling the gap,' we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Mother Bethel,” says Jeff Hornstein, President of the Board of Directors For the Queen Village Neighbors Association. “As Leslie has said, 'It truly does take a (Queen) village.” The Queen Village Neighbors Association new Schools & Youth Activities Committee supports Nebinger and Meredith Elementary Schools year round.
For more information on the summer school program at Mother Bethel call (215) 925-0616. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie Patterson-Tyler at Leslie@TylerMadePR.com or (609) 247-2632.