Education in Transition: Dr. Hite to Address Cultural Sector at Annual Member Meeting

Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, will address the arts and cultural community at our Annual Member Meeting and Reception on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Independence Seaport Museum.  

Donate School Supplies to Help Get Philadelphia Children Ready for School

Throughout September GroundSwell and Cradles to Crayons are partnering on a school supply donation drive to help local students get ready for the new school year.

School Supply Donation Drive for Cradles to Crayons!

When families are living in poverty and there isn’t enough income for groceries or rent, it is a challenge to pay for all the clothes, shoes, books and supplies a child needs to be ready for school. Child poverty is currently at its highest level in 50 years, and with budget cuts affecting schools throughout Pennsylvania, young students need support and resources now more than ever.

Recapping our month of collecting memories with SBYF and AHHAH!

Throughout August, GroundSwell, The Spaces Between Your Fingers Project (SBYF) and Arts Holding Hands and Hearts (AHHAH) asked people around Greater Philly to send us postcards recording their favorite memories of summer in our region. We wanted to raise awareness about Alzheimer's while also bringing people together across generations and neighborhoods to capture what it was like to live in Greater Philadelphia up to 2013.

Volunteer to Help Make McCall Elementary Ready for Students this School Year!

The People Helping People Foundation, Washington Square Civic Association and Society Hill Civic Association are calling for volunteers to help fix up McCall Elementary School (325 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia) on August 19th and 27th.

Opening Day of Phila. Schools Uncertain

On August 8, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. called a press conference to warn that schools will be unable to open on time without assurances of an additional $50 million from the city.

'Art in City Hall' Hosts The Dream Flag Project

The Dream Flag Project is an art and community-building program which originated in Bryn Mawr in 2003. Students in grades K-12 from across the globe are invited to participate by first studying the dream poetry of Langston Hughes, and then writing their own dream poems on decorated cloth swatches. Strung together and publicly displayed, the dreams are intended to send a message of hope, and highlight the shared dreams and aspirations of our youth.

A Thank you from Musicopia to GroundSwell!

GroundSwell received a nice piece of mail this morning—a thank you note from Musicopia for the donations collected during our musical instrument drive in February!

Thank the SRC for Restoring Instrumental Music in Philly Schools

Public Citzens for Children and Youth (PCCY) is circulating a call for Philadelphia public education supporters to send a collective thank you letter to Dr. William J. Hite, Jr., and the School Reform Commission for restoring instrumental music programs in Philly public schools.

Archive a Greater Philly Summer Memory in the Free Library!

Our August action campaign is in partnership with The Spaces Between Your Fingers project.  SBYF helps people of all ages author and preserve their memories through postcards as a creative, artistic way to symbolically combat the memory-loss of Alzheimer's and dementia. Cards are then archived in the SBYF "memory vault" at the Free Library of Philadelphia so the memories will never be lost.