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White and Williams to Adopt Third Philadelphia Public School

Kick-off will include $10,000 donation to provide Chromebooks for all middle school students

May 23, 2014

For the third year in a row, White and Williams LLP will “adopt” a public school in Philadelphia. Chester A. Arthur School, a K-8 school located at 2000 Catharine Street, will receive services, funding and time from the firm over the next two years. To officially kick-off the two-year adoption, White and Williams will donate $10,000 to be used toward the purchase of Google Chromebooks for all middle school students. A check presentation is scheduled during a school assembly on May 28, 2014 at 11a.m.

“The entire school is thrilled to have White and Williams as a community partner for the next two years,” said Kimberly Newman, principal of Chester A. Arthur School. “This generous gift has reinvigorated my middle school teachers, who are adapting their lessons plans for the 2014-15 school year based on the students’ new access to technology.”

The computers will give the students more access to technology for courses and supplemental work, while enhancing their digital literacy and critical thinking skills. At Chester A. Arthur each middle school student will carry a Chromebook with them throughout the day for various curriculum purposes in each class. In addition, the school is developing a class, which will be given two days per week, on how to use the Internet for research purposes. 

“Supporting education and the future success of children in Philadelphia is extremely important to the firm and me,” said Patricia Santelle, Managing Partner and Chair of White and Williams. “By providing access to tools that build a foundation for success in the workplace, we are helping to establish a brighter future for the next generation.”

According to the Philadelphia School District,  94.7% of students at Chester A. Arthur School are economically disadvantaged. There are currently 80 middle school students enrolled at the school. Next year the students at the school will share a librarian two days/week with Spring Garden Elementary School, whose library was donated to the school by White and Williams in 2013.

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