Two former CPS Board of Trustee members have recently received recognition for the impact their work has had on the communities they serve.
Pastor Keith Williams, a founding Trustee of CPS, and senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for more than 35 years was awarded the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service by Oklahoma Baptist University. Pastor Williams has served as a faith and lay leader for many organizations throughout his career, and you can read more about this honor and Pastor William’s impressive career here.
Mary Ammon, a former trustee and retired social worker, was recognized for her work in the community and generosity by Temple University’s alumni publication this spring. Mrs. Ammon spoke about how her family’s values influenced her groundbreaking career, helping to write legislation and create programs to protect vulnerable members of the community, as well as her tremendous sense of philanthropy and generosity. You can read more about Mrs. Ammon’s career and support of the community here.
We are proud and humbled by the selfless works by members of our CPS family, and we salute them for their well earned recognition!
CPS has finally arrived! After years of planning and a few weeks of hard work packing and moving, we opened the doors of our new campus at 3033 West Glenwood Avenue! In addition to the work done by our teachers to pack up their classrooms and then set them up again, we were helped by all our CPS staff, as well as dozens of volunteers, including support from long-time CPS supporters like Lombard International, Saxby’s Coffee and Smith Flooring, in addition to members of our Board of Trustees. Though this is only the beginning, we wanted to take the time out to thank everyone who has worked to make this possible every step of the way!
In December, our friends at P. J. Clarke’s were included in Eater Philadelphia’s list of the most charitable restaurants in the city. Read the article here. They are #22 on the list and their write-up focuses on their work with CPS, which has only gotten started. Congratulations to everyone at P. J.’s and thank you for all you’re doing for CPS!
Some of our Fifth Graders have been participating in the My Daughter’s Kitchen Cooking class. This week, their last class was written about for philly.com. See the headline and a little sample here and click here to see the whole thing!
An advocate for the CPS community and for the neighborhood we’ve called home since our beginning, CPS Trustee Tonetta Graham has been involved with another significant project to benefit the people of Strawberry Mansion. Through her work as President of the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation, in cooperation with Audubon of Pennsylvania and Outward Bound, she helped bring the Discovery Center to the area around the East Park Reservoir in Fairmount Park.
The article linked here discusses how the project came about and includes her perspective on how it benefits this community.
The gallery of photos, from the opening days, give a sense of what the Discovery Center looks like on the inside.