South Philadelphia High School gets new mural

Mural Arts Philadelphia artist Ben Volta along with South Philadelphia High School dedicated a new mural, “Parts Per Million,” that is showcased on the west side of the front of the building last month.

During the 2016-2017 school year, Volta worked with senior-level math students, multi-grade ESL students and math teachers Chiny Ky and Sam Keo to create a design inspired by mathematics, science and geography.

With brainstorming sessions that involved the visual of DNA sequences, atomic structures and satellite orbits, the team came up with a colorful design that showcases the international diversity of the students.

Heart association donates CPR kits to school district

School Superintendent William Hite accepted 13 CPR education kits from the American Heart Association last month as part of an ongoing joint effort to train thousands of high school students in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

The kits would help the school district meet the requirements of proposed state legislation making CPR training a requirement for high school graduation in Pennsylvania. To date, 38 other states have passed similar legislation.

The American Heart Association has a goal to double cardiac arrest survival rates by 2020.

Special Olympics honors George Washington High School

George Washington High School was honored as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities last month.

The school received the honor as a result of meeting national standards of excellence for inclusion, advocacy and respect. “Only 90 schools nationally received this recognition, so it is with great pride that our athletes receive this honor,” said Susan Thompson, the school’s principal.

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change.

With sports as the foundation, Unified Champion Schools is based on a model that combines unified sports, inclusive youth leadership and whole-school engagement to create school and community climates of acceptance and inclusion. (215) 893-5716

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