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First Frankford Students Are Back to School

Yesterday, August 8 at 8:30 AM, over 650 students at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School were welcomed back to school by the Phillie Phanatic.

Located at 4300 Tacony Street, First Philadelphia is a part of American Paradigm Schools, a national nonprofit educational management organization,  The school offers kindergarten through eighth grade and will be celebrating the following accomplishments this year:

  • Their 11th year in existence as a public charter school
  •  The School District of Philadelphia’s approval of First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School to grow its enrollment from 650 to 1800 students, allowing it to open an additional elementary school and high school
  • Selection by the Center for Leadership and Ethics as a 2011 Pennsylvania School District of Character.

They were not only the first students in Frankford to return to school but also the first in Pennsylvania.   First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School operates on an original academic calendar with periods of “inter-sessions” in the course of the school year. The “inter-sessions” are periods of time when the children can either choose to take time off from classes or attend school for additional exciting enrichment classes.

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Back to School Fair and Rally

We are organizing our Back-to-School Fair & Rally on August 24, from 9a.m. to 2p.m., at Frankford High School. The event is a community-wide opportunity for K-12 students from throughout the 179th District (includes Frankford, Olney, Hunting Park, Northwood and Burholme) and parents to gain access to information and resources needed for a successful school year. We plan to offer workshops on topics including but not limited to safety, healthy habits, parent engagement and reducing truancy. Meanwhile, students will get free haircuts and dental check-ups. Representatives from organizations will serve as vendors to provide information on the programs and services they offer. And during a Noon rally, attendees will be treated to music and appearances by local artists and radio personalities.

As representative of one of the poorest Legislative Districts in the state, Rep. Payton is committed to meeting the needs of his constituents by providing pertinent services and information. This is especially true within the realm of education. And one way he plans to do that, is by supplying families with much needed book bags and school supplies for the coming year. We can’t do it alone. We desperately need book bags, pens, pencils, binders, crayons, glue, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, index cards, calculators, rulers, folders, notebooks and loose leaf paper. We greatly appreciate any assistance. We will accept donations for grades K-12 up until the day before the event (August 23). Donors and supporters can drop off items at 4509 Frankford Avenue, call 215-744-7901 or email to schedule a pick-up.



Dafney Tales
Special Events Coordinator
State Representative Tony Payton, Jr.
179th Legislative District
4509 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa 19124


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Frankford Friends New Building is Amazing

Well they haven’t invited me in yet for a tour but the outside of Frankford Friends new school building really is interesting.  There is a beautiful sunlit vaulted open space that kind of brings the outside in.  The exterior is a warm wood material that really dresses up the block.  It is ironic that we lost one historic classic building on one side of the street and gained a modern classic building on the other.  It does look to be within a few months of opening and I will be there.

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Philadelphia School Partnership Awards 2 Million to Edmunds

The Inquirer yesterday reported that the Philadelphia School Partnership awarded a grant to String Theory Schools to help it convert H.R. Edmunds Elementary School in Frankford/Northwood into a Renaissance charter school.

The quality of its schools is the first thing that families are going to look at when they decide where to live, so this is a great first step.  We’ll be watching how String Theory Schools meets the challenge.

You can read the entire Inquirer story by Martha Woodall here.

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Health Federation of Phila Gives Parents and Young Children An “Early Head Start”!

Courtesy of HFP Early Head Start Program

I received an education last week when I went to visit the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s Early Head Start Program at 4606 Frankford Avenue. I was there to speak with the staff and learn about their unique program. Continue reading Health Federation of Phila Gives Parents and Young Children An “Early Head Start”!