Education Roundup: Boyz II Men alma mater names street after group

June 25, 2017

The street in front of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts was renamed “Boyz II Men Boulevard” on Saturday.

CAPA, 901 S. Broad St., is the alma mater of the group that was originally comprised of a quartet including Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris and Michael McCary, who left the group due to health issues.

Council members Kenyatta Johnson and Mark Squilla helped lead the efforts for the ceremony. The CAPA choir and band performed during the dedication, which is in partnership with the City Council, the Office of the City Representative and Welcome America, Inc.

Six district schools receive donations from councilman

Councilman-at-Large Allan Domb presented $2,500 checks to six Philadelphia public schools on June 16.

The recipients were T.M. Peirce Elementary School, Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice, Alexander K. McClure School, Benjamin Franklin High School, Phillip H. Sheridan Elementary School and Julia R. Masterman School.

Before taking office in January 2016, Domb pledged that he would donate his more than $120,000 Council salary to public schools and nonprofits in Philadelphia.

“There are so many positive things about our public schools and great programs taking place and I am happy to be able to support those efforts,” said Domb in a statement. “It has been a fun and rewarding experience for me and my staff to tour these schools and be able to meet some of the very deserving students and great faculty and principals.”

The schools plan to use the funds for different things that range from their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs, purchasing equipment and classroom supplies, expanding community outreach work to Career and Technical Education program, according to a news release.

New Cheyney program trains to deal with trauma

A Trauma Informed Education Studies certificate program now being offered at Cheyney University will train educators to address students experiencing trauma.

The new program comprises online learning and in-class instructions held at Cheyney’s campus in downtown Philadelphia, 1701 Market St.

“Cheyney University is greatly vested in exploring the impact of trauma on education, and we’re proud to provide needed information and resources through the introduction of the TIES post-baccalaureate program,” associate provost Tara E. Kent said in a news release.

“Trauma informed education is a topic of national concern, and the subject is off particular relevance to Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically Black University,” Kent said.

The first part of the program begins July 5 and runs through Aug. 8. Upon completion, students will learn appropriate strategies to address students with adverse childhood experiences and deal with other issues.

For more information, visit www.cheyney.edu.

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church donates to CCP

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church has donated $100,000 to Community College of Philadelphia during its morning service on June 25, according to a news release.

The church at 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. provided the donation to support CCP’s 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which aims to help make college possible for eligible Philadelphia high school graduates.

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at the college, I want to thank Pastor Alyn E. Waller and the entire membership at Enon for extending the opportunity to Philadelphia high school graduates who show much promise, but need their community’s support to earn a college degree and become highly skilled workforce contributors,” CCP President Donald Generals said in a news release.

“A large gift such as this can change the lives of so many students, and foster more secure futures for their families and our city,” he added.

Waller has led the effort to raise money for the college’s anniversary fund. Enon’s first lady, Ellyn Jo Waller, is the chair-elect of the CCP Foundation.

Group will pass on garden building skills to educators

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will teach educators how to build a school garden and how to get children involved, during a three day workshop from June 27 to 29 at Tilden Middle School, 6601 Elmwood Ave.

The training by the nonprofit and Bartram’s Garden staffers will be over 12 hours and will include how to design, build and maintain a school garden year round. The fee for the training is $50, and group discounts are available.

A $105,000 grant from GSK, a research-based pharmaceutical and health care company, the PHS Green City Teachers program is developing ways to focus on healthy eating for children through gardening.

“We are pleased to support PHS as they give Philadelphia students the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn about healthy eating in a fun and engaging way,” said Becki Lynch, the manager of Community Partnerships at GSK.

For more information, visit: phsonline.org

Universal Audenried seniors receive $1M in scholarships

The class of 2017 at Universal Audenried High School has received more than $1 million in scholarships for the second year in a row, according to the charter school located at 3301 Tasker St.

Additionally, the school said about 60 percent of its graduates plan on attending a four-year college or university.

The school, managed by Universal Cos., held its graduation on June 20 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium. The Rev. Marshall P. Mitchell, the senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, was the commencement speaker.