Eagles help charter school affected by fire

January 24, 2011 3:14:58 PM PST
A West Philadelphia charter school that is recovering from a devastating fire got a little help on Monday from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Birds stopped by the temporary home of the Global Leadership Academy with a $10,000 check to help replace some of the items that were lost, including 170 computers and a library full of books.

Global Leadership Academy is currently operating out of Turner Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia. Some 400 students have been here for about a week now, having moved in following the January 9th fire.

"I was in shock. I couldn't believe that had happened to my school," said 7th grader Lexus Davis.

The money also came, in part, from Teva Pharmaceuticals.

"I talked to the kids today and they were so sad that everything was gone - mementos and things important to them and principal. So we wanted to step up," said Pamela Browner of the Philadelphia Eagles.

While they lost everything in their old building, the one thing they didn't lose is spirit

"While a building burned down, we didn't. GLA is rising from those ashes like a Phoenix," said Naomi Johnson-Booker, CEO of the Global Leadership Academy.

Fortunately, the students are preparing to move into a brand new building at 46th Street and Girard Avenue in September, which was already under construction before the fire.

Meanwhile, an investigation into the blaze continues.