Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
This week, Green Woods Charter School broke ground on a 60,000 square foot building at 468 Domino Lane in Roxborough with the help of Congressman Chaka Fattah, State Representative Pamela A. DeLissio, Green Woods CEO Jean Wallace, Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Hammond, and joined by students, faculty, parents, as well as members of the community.
After spending nine wonderful years at the Schuylkill Center, Green Woods Charter is excited to be located among the community of families whose children are enrolled in our school. The new state of the art facility will have 27 classrooms to support a K-8 student population of 675 – more than tripling the size of its old facility at the Schuylkill Center. The building will cover 2.5 acres of the 5.5 acre site, which will highlight an outdoor learning area and urban green space with over a quarter mile of interconnected walkways for exploration and discovery. The new Green Woods site will build upon the tradition of applying what students learn in their classrooms to the outdoor environment. Green Woods’ future facility provides direct access to the natural world, also known amongst Green Woods families as the “learning laboratory”. Both inside and outside the classroom, students work collaboratively as they gain important knowledge and skills necessary to take an active role in solving issues that affect them, their homes, their schools, their communities, and the environment.
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), before turning over a spade-full of earth at the Oct. 24 groundbreaking, warmly praised Green Woods Charter for its past, present and future leadership in environmental education.
“Philadelphia Magazine got it right when it called Green Woods one of the best places to raise your kids in the city,” Fattah said. “Our young people need so many more opportunities to succeed and compete in tomorrow’s green jobs economy, and I’ve never seen as school anywhere where kids are more immersed in science and the environment. You are a national model for what we can do to create opportunities for everyone. Congratulations on breaking ground for this great new facility. I’ve visited Green Woods before, and I look forward to coming back when we will see this new school site in action.”
State Representative Pamela DeLissio added, “Green Woods has accomplished improving pupil learning, extending unique learning opportunities for all pupils, encouraged innovative teaching methods, and helped to create professional opportunities for its teachers, while providing parents and students with choices in educational opportunities. ”
CEO Jean Wallace continued, “The current site will be transformed from a polluted dumping ground into an urban green space – an oasis for local wildlife that will enhance the teacher-created, award-winning environmental curriculum. The site will use its aquatic habitats (pond, stream, and wetland) as well as a greenhouse, an amphitheater, and wifi to hold class outdoors. Connecting our kids to the world around them, helps them thrive, especially when these experiences are integrated into our curriculum. At Green Woods we provide opportunities for students to engage in experiential investigations with real questions and real answers.”
Jeffrey Hammond, Chairman of the Board, mentioned three goals for the current board of trustees, “The goal as a board is to insure more families have the opportunity to attend Green Woods Charter because of the most open accessibility of all of the Charter Schools in Philadelphia. The Board of Trustees is prepared to secure a 100 year plan to allow generations of families have a great education.”
About Green Woods Charter School
Green Woods Charter School is a one-of-a-kind, K-8, public charter school in Philadelphia modeled after the national researched-based program – EIC - using the Environment as an Integrating Context. The award-winning curriculum, created by the Green Woods’ teachers, provides students with the opportunity to be active, knowledgeable and conscientious young investigators by fostering a keen understanding of the interrelatedness and interdependence of our local and global existence, creating active stewards of the natural world.
Green Woods Charter School received its charter in 2002 from the School District of Philadelphia. The initial charter allowed for 225 students and was first renewed in 2007 with a renewal term of five years. In April 2011, the School was granted a charter modification, increasing enrollment to 675 students. In May 2012, the School’s charter was renewed once again for another five-year term, extending the charter through June 30, 2017.