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White and Williams LLP to Invest in Community and Education with Adoption of Another Philadelphia Public School

March 18, 2013

On March 22, 2013, lawyers and staff of White and Williams LLP will join teachers and students from Spring Garden Elementary for a kick-off event to formally “adopt” the school. The event, from 11am – 1pm, will include a $10,000 check presentation, cookout, and celebration of the students’ achievements resulting from the Positive Intervention Behavior & Support Initiative. The funds will be used to seed the school’s library with new books for all grade levels. The school library has been closed for ten years due to major renovation needs and lack of books available for students. At present time, the school has a small supply of books – none of which were published during this century.

“White and Williams is helping to create an oasis for my students through this adoption and we’re thrilled to have them as a community partner,” said Laureal Robinson, Principal of Spring Garden Elementary School.

The adoption of Spring Garden comes on the heels of a successful first year of the firm’s “Adopt a School” initiative at J.R. Masterman School.

“It was rewarding to see that our investment in Masterman allowed teachers to purchase supplies needed to teach, provided partial scholarships to four deserving students, and provided opportunities for our lawyers and staff to personally engage with students,” said Guy Cellucci, Managing Partner of the firm. “We are eager to take the energy and success from year one into the Spring Garden adoption, and look forward to the year ahead.”

In addition to the $10,000 check presentation, some of the year-long activities will include: support of the school’s “Girls Unite” program through discussion and mentoring, donation of school supplies, a winter clothing drive, participation in “Clean Up Day,” and other ways to connect lawyers and staff with the students as the needs present themselves.

White and Williams launched its “Adopt a School” initiative as a way to give back to the community, invest in education – specifically within Philadelphia’s public school system, which has faced sharp declines in funding over the past several years leaving schools like Spring Garden in dire need of assistance – and provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and staff to engage through the investment of time, finances and resources.

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