HOW OUR SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS BEGANOur school partnership program began in 2011 with E.M. Stanton School, located at 17th & Christian Street. Slated for closure in 2011, the community mobilized to "Save Stanton". As The Goldenberg Group was developing Carpenter Square condominiums across the way, the Foundation collaborated with Stanton's School Advisory Council, as well as local businesses and associations, to organize over 75 volunteers and over 350 hours to improve the school. Projects included cleaning and painting classrooms and cafeteria, purchasing school supplies for students whose families could not afford them, and adding fresh greenery all around the main office. Today, and through many additional collaborations later, Stanton continues to stand strong as a stellar public school option for South Philadelphians.
This first school partnership with the E.M. Stanton School opened the door for additional school partnerships by identifying an underserved community. The success of our school partnerships can be attributed to the fact that when we enter into a new relationship we don't dictate what schools need, we listen and collaborate to deliver what schools want, which has allowed us to forge positive relationships with local schools.