School library gets boost from Phila. law firm

March 22, 2013 3:50:24 PM PDT
A Philadelphia elementary school is one step closer to reopening its library, which has been closed for the past decade.

The school received a big check from a local law firm Friday.

The library at Spring Garden Elementary school has been a work-in-progress for ten long years. But that's about to change.

The school accepted a check for $10,000 from the White and Williams law firm. The staff is adopting the school for one year.

The library is important "so I can learn how to read," said first grader Qwinton Pierce.

The fourth and fifth graders especially appreciate this monetary contribution.

"White and Williams is giving us a $10,000 check for the library," said fifth grader Shareef Gilliam, enthusiastically.

"For a lot of years we didn't have our library. That's why it's important," said fourth grader Janayah Hayes.

The school library is currently being used as a multi-purpose room. The check presented Friday will be used for badly needed renovations and for more school books.

None of the books in the library's existing supply were published during this century.

"We have lots of challenges in public education now. And we're always looking forward with partnerships with our neighborhood and our community partners," said Assistant School Superintendant Andrea Coleman.

Last year, White and Williams partnered with Masterman. And again this year, it will be an on-going commitment.

"We're going to work with Principal Robinson and really see what she needs to have done. But we'll be coming back for reading programs," said Guy Cellucci of White and Williams.

"Every month we have a celebration with our students who have been well-behaved, been prepared, coming to school on time, and those sorts of things. So they will help anecdotally with those activities," said Spring Garden Principal Laureal Robinson.

Meantime, some students are already thinking about some of the books they'd like to see in their new library.

"'Maniac Magee' by Jerry Spinelli," said fifth grader Vionnie Johnson.

The books to be purchased will be for all grade levels at Spring Garden Elementary, K through 8.

And even though the kids are rather young, White and Williams will also be talking with them about possible careers in the legal field.