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August 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

Grover Washington Middle to perform ‘Annie’

Music teacher Alex Cifelli and his team of hardworking students will be sharing their rendition of Annie! Students have been working hard putting this fabulous performance together. We invite all our fellow school district employees and their families to see Annie, Daddy Warbucks and the mean but laughable Miss Hannigan!

 

James Rhoads participates in Green Schools Program

The Recyclebank Green Schools Program encourages students and faculty to get involved and take action to green our school and community. Recyclebank rewards residents for taking everyday green actions, such as increasing household recycling and reducing energy use. Those rewards, or Recyclebank Points, can then be redeemed for discounts at hundreds of businesses, or donated to help fund “green” projects in local schools — including West Philly’s very own James Rhoads.

Each semester, the Recyclebank Green Schools program awards environmental project grants to schools in Recyclebank communities. Together, these schools, their students and their communities work together to encourage residents to donate points that Recyclebank transfers into real dollars for schools — thereby turning a community’s green actions into funds for a local school. Since 2007, Recyclebank has granted close to $350,000 to more than 100 schools.

President of the Home and School Association, Nikita Porter is leading the efforts at Rhoads. The school and community have until March 15 to collect points and two-liter bottles that will help students build a green house. Students will garden fruits and vegetables and donate the produce to elderly and local community organizations.

 

Alexander Adaire receives grant to promote healthy initiatives

Alexander Adaire Elementary is excited to announce that they received a grant for $2,400 from the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. Titled “Fuel Up to Play 60,” the grant will help the school promote healthy initiatives. Seventh-graders who attended the Healthy You Positive Energy (HYPE) Leadership Initiative in the Fall brainstormed with Principal, Jenette Oddo, advisor Christina Long, and Alyssa Smith, School Wellness Coordinator from the Food Trust, to develop ideas to improve health and fitness at the school. After interviewing the staff, school nurse, physical education teacher and food services, the students decided on applying for funds to teach fellow students how to pack healthier lunches and to pay for KINECT X-Box games to get kids moving during in-door recess.