WPCNS updates

WPCNS 501(c)3 Application: Thanks to your generous donations for the filing fee WPCNS was able to file for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status last month. We recently received the receipt for the IRS and hope to have the determination soon.

WePAC: During the last and final week of WePAC, students read Curious George Rides A Bike, where George takes some newspapers he was supposed to be delivering and makes them into paper sailboats. Afterwards, volunteer Ruohan led students in making origami dogs and coloring them to match volunteer Bobbi’s dog, Max, who visited students in the library as a special year-end treat. A fun end to a fun year.  WePAC and the fabulous head volunteer librarian Linda will return to Lea in the fall and plan to expand to the 4th grade.
Recyclebank: Raised beds have been built and rain barrels installed (picture attached). The first bed has plants from Ms. Arafin’s third grade class and the others have been adopted a group of Lea parents who were taking at an adult ESL class at Lea. Senegal, Guinea, Mali and Ivory Coast are among the countries represented. Thanks to Vivianne Nachmias, Kelly Chancey and Horace Patterson.
Greening Lea: I believe the final design for the Lea school yard is still being compiled but in the interim check out the transformation of two Philly school yards http://nakedphilly.com/university-city/entire-philadelphia-eagles-organization-reinvents-a-schoolyard-in-southwest-philly/ and http://vimeo.com/43416380
Upcoming Events
The Notebook’s Turning the Page for Change: Tuesday June 12th, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at University of the Arts, Dorrance Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St.   Each June, hundreds of supporters of public education in Philadelphia get together to party and to renew our efforts to advocate for quality equality in our schools. The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is an independent voice for all of us for parents, teachers, students, and every stakeholder in Philadelphia’s school system. Not just an education newspaper, it empowers the public with critical information, insight, and passion you can find nowhere else. At the party we’ll have great food, drink, and fun conversation. The Notebook would like to invite our supporters and allies to join us at this year’s celebration.  For more information, contact event@thenotebook.org or visit http://thenotebook.org/june-event.
School Reform Commission Meeting: Monday, June 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia School District Auditorium at440 N. Broad Street. Strategy, Policy, Planning Meeting. Community discussion-style meeting on the subject of Leadership Sustainability (PRINCIPALS & TEACHER-LED TURNAROUND).School Reform Commission Meeting: Thursday, June 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia School District Auditorium at 440 N. Broad Street. Action Meeting with public testimony. Deadline to register to speak 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20th. To register call             215.400.4180      .

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