2011-2012 marks the “perfect storm” of great anniversaries for Independence Charter School. We are celebrating our 10 full years as a successful charter school in Philadelphia and the 100th birthday of our beautiful school building! Since it is such a special set of anniversaries, we will be celebrating all year round. Parents, students and community members will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events, including school-based dinners, performances, history challenges, community forums, and our end of the year performances. To launch the celebration, we reached out to our community supporters and brought them together in a very special event at the Racquet Club on 16th Street. We invited many of the special supporters who had helped make ICS what it is today. ICS 8th grade drummers and 7th grade singers performed wearing our new ICS “special event” blazers.
A very special new tradition, recognizing our partners in strengthening education for Philly kids, was the awarding of Global Citizen and Dream Maker Awards. In this inaugural year, the honorees were:
Judi Bernstein-Baker – Global Citizen Award, Individual
The International Visitors Council – Global Citizen Award, Community Partner
Comcast Internet Essentials – Global Citizen Corporate Partners
SAP, IBM, & KaBOOM! – The Dream Makers Award for our Playground
We were impressed by our emcee Vernon Odom of Channel 6 News. We were thrilled to welcome Dr. Leroy Nunnery, Superintendent of Philadelphia Schools, as well as our friend, The Honorable Councilman Jim Kenney who gave a rousing speech. Mr. Travis Larrier who represented both Mayor Michael Nutter and Deputy Chief of Education Dr. Lori Shorr, greeted all of those gathered. Please continue to follow the calendar and notices for the many special events that will help celebrate our first 10 years. And as always, a great big thank you to our stakeholders: the parents/guardians, students, Board of Trustees, and staff of ICS for making it all possible!
Independence Charter School would like to thank the following sponsors of our 10th Anniversary event at the Racquet Club:
Linton Managed Services
Eric L. Cramer and Julia L. Colton
BMC Benefit Services
Overbrook Environmental Education Center
Santilli & Thomson
Steve Gendler of Grubb and Ellis and David Colman of MIS Capital