Since the unconscionable closing of thirty schools in Philadelphia, which included the nearly century old Germantown High School, a valiant group of community people have banded together to reinstate the school, which was a vital and viable part of the Germantown Community.
Their original application to have it reopened as a high school was rejected, so they were advised to apply for charter school status. A
Monday, December 8, at 12:05 PM, they Germantown Community Charter School application will be presented before the SRC. This group has worked tirelessly, putting together a nearly 300 page application, detailing the curriculum, format, and make up of this new school It will be once again a vital asset to the community - the hard work has been done, but now we need you, the community to come out in droves and show your support!!
Regardless of whether you attended Germantown High School or not; reside in Germantown, or metropolitan Philadelphia, your support is needed and you can help make this application a success.
Free buses are being provided, along with lunches for those who want to join us and show up en masse to let the SRC that you are solidly behind the proposed new Germantown Community Charter School. We're even providing free tee-shirts!!!
There are those who claim that Philadelphians are apathetic about what's happening in their communities. That is obviously not the case because you turned out and were pivotal in electing Tom Wolf as governor of Pennsylvania - something that was statistically unheard of until now!
Well, while we're in the mode of setting records and breaking precedences, this too can be the next major step forward for Philadelphians. Bringing quality and community control back to the schools.
If you're interested and available on Monday, please either call and reserve a seat on the bus: 215-843-7391; or email us at GtownCharter@gmail.com.
We are also looking for letters of support from individuals and organizations. Thus far we've received letters from: Councilwoman Cindy Bass; State Representative Stephen Kinsey, State Representative Rosita Youngblood; State Senator Shirley Kitchen; Cliveden of the National Trust D&T Auto Body; Eagle’s Nest CDC; Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion; First United Methodist Church of Germantown; Friends of Vernon Park; Germantown High School Alumni Association, Inc.; Germantown Artist’s Roundtable; Germantown Community Connection; Germantown Life Enrichment Center; Germantown United CDC; Hightower Systems; Kama-Sahlor Group for Cultural Performing Arts; Historic Germantown; Johnson House Historic Site; Karen Singer Tileworks; Landmarks (Grumblethorpe); Men Who Care of Germantown, Inc; Mt Airy Church of God in Christ; Gtown Radio; Northwest Neighbors; Philly Office Retail; Robert Seeley; Rose Petals Café; Theodore Morrow Memorial Fund; West Central Germantown Neighbors; Yes!And…Collaborative Arts; Wyck Historic House...and the list continues to grow -
We'd like to include your name as well. The letters should be on the business/organizations letterhead and sent directly to: GtownCharter@gmail.com; Or via regular mail to: Ms. Julie S. Carroll, Germantown Community Charter School Committee - c/o 130 W. Walnut Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Alert your church members, contact your neighbors - if you don't want to take the bus, but want to be there for the hearing anyway, it will take place at School District of Philadelphia - 440 N. Broad Street - Philadelphia, PA 19130.
So come out Monday, December 8, buses will be departing from the campus of Germantown High School, corner of Germantown Avenue and High Street. Wear your tee shirts with pride and flood the School District with a sea of Germantown Green!!
We can't do everything, but everybody can do something. Thank you for your support!!
The Germantown Community Charter School Committee