New building for charter school - Philadelphia News

September 12, 2008 3:32:14 PM PDT
Philadelphia students at a Germantown charter school have a legacy of success.Community leaders gathered with Germantown residents today for a prayer dedication for the new Imhotep Institute Charter High School and Community Center.

CEO and founder Martha Christine Wiggins officially received the key to the building being called "miracle on 21st street". The $8-million facility offers more classrooms, and a spacious gym, and library.

"More important that the students have a place that shows we care about them and education, not a run down building, not a dirty, old building., but something bright and new that helps them feel good about who they are," Wiggins said.

A pristine new building for students who have been crammed in modular trailers for nearly a decade, but that hasn't stopped the 525 students from achieving amazing success in this African centered math, science and technology school.

"Our uniqueness is in the seven years of graduating, we have 100 percent graduation, 100 post secondary education the last six years, 1 year we had 98 percent and last year, the graduating class was more African-American males than females which is unheard of in this country," Wiggins said.

"This means a lot to all of us, not just to me, but all of us, we've been praying for this and waiting for this day to happen," senior Will Adams said.

School will be in session on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. on September 22, but there's still work to be done. They need sponsors for new furniture and equipment.

LINK: http://www.imhotepcharter.com/newhotephome.html

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