Penn Charter ‘Color Day’ tradition carries on

For the past 118 years, the William Penn Charter School community in East Falls has gathered on campus at the end of the school year for a friendly day of competition.

Students, teachers, parents and grandparents all took part in the fun on Friday afternoon in the warm summer sun. The competition was between Penn Charter’s two school teams of colors: blue and yellow.

The Color Day captains kicked off the event by leading a procession of flags onto the field. All grades competed in an afternoon’s worth of relay races and the event closed with a 100-year-old tradition of the senior class rope pull.

Students are placed on either the Blue or Yellow team when they enter Penn Charter. They remain on that team throughout their time at the school. Those colors are inherited so siblings wear the same colors and students are assigned to the same team that their relatives were assigned to.

Check out photos of the event by NewsWorks correspondent, Bas Slabbers. 

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal