Category Archives: Highlights

Board Member Haley Samsi in Leadership’s Keepers 2020

Haley Samsi, a vice president of operations at the coffee chain, Saxby’s, has been named to Leadership Philadelphia’s Keepers class of 2020. Leadership Philadelphia’s intention is to recognize accomplished young professionals in tech, economic development, social entrepreneurship  and local government and connect them with one another at team building events throughout the year. Haley, and others, will also be introduced to leaders in the Philadelphia community. Congratulations, Haley!

Community Partnership School honors Charisse Lillie at Leadership Luncheon

Anne Wilmerding, Justice, Charisse Lillie, Amber and Eric Jones

Charisse is a trailblazer for women in Philadelphia. After a distinguished legal career, she ultimately served as Executive Vice President of the Comcast Foundation. She has played an essential role as a supporter of philanthropy in Philadelphia and as a mentor to young professionals. 

In a packed room in our new building, attendees were treated to speeches by Head of School Eric Jones, alumni who are now seniors at Girard College and Springside Chestnut Hill, Board Member, Trina Gary, and our honoree, Charisse Lillie. 

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Boyds and King Saladeen Partnership to Benefit CPS!

Missy Dietz, King Saladeen, Alex Gushner, Eric Jones, Kent Gushner


CPS was thrilled to attend the unveiling of a new billboard designed by the artist and West Philadelphia native King Saladeen for Boyd’s in downtown Philadelphia. We look forward to our partnership with Boyd’s and King Saladeen. We are so proud to have Saladeen as a role model for our students. Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate!

See the article in Billy Penn.


Career Day 2019

On March 8th, we held our annual Career Fair, with the help of a team from Leadership Philadelphia. It was extra special because it was the first big event in our new gym! Our guests included:

— IRS and Cheyney University

— Obara Real Estate

— Alpha Professional Services

— Comcast

— Philadelphia Inquirer

— Shriners Children’s Hospital

— Pepper Hamilton (law firm)

— American Airlines (pilot)

— WHYY

— Philadelphia Airport

— Philadelphia PD K9 Unit

— Penn Medical School (4th year student)

— Free Library of Philadelphia

— PGW

— Philadelphia Fire Department

— Independence Blue Cross

— Philadelphia City Planning Commission

— Emmanuel Kelly, architect

— PECO

— Phillip Adams, painter

— Cristo Rey School/Temple University student

— Dedicated Senior Medical Center

We’ve Made it to Our New Home!

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!

CPS Trustee Helps Bring Environmental Education to Our Neighborhood

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.