Last Sunday, the Global Leadership Academy charter school in West Philadelphia burned in a five-alarm fire. The local community is helping the school re-open at a new location.
Jim Stanton of the First Philadelphia and Tacony Academy Charter Schools says helping the burned-down Global Leadership Academy is a no-brainer.
He says it’s an extension of the charter school network’s community focus. “It’s just a big problem that everybody wants to help,” he said.
His school plans to help by capitalizing on it’s uniform policy. “We’re having a dress-down day,” he said. “That means that the children can dress in casual clothes for the day, and bring in a dollar for that luxury.”
That luxury could add up — there are 1,300 students in his schools.
Other charter schools are donating classrooms, computers, books and paper. Local grocery stores are donating lunches.
“And I know there’s a lot of others that have we just haven’t gotten that number yet,” said Naomi Johnson-Booker, the CEO of Global Leadership. She says she’s thankful for all of the donations.
The one thing that would really help, though, will take a little more time.
“We’re in the most need of finding a location,” she says.
It’s a problem that must be solved in the next few days.