State grants give cultural boost to 6 NE Philly schools

Mike DeNardo
October 07, 2019 - 9:56 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A state grant is providing some extras for six Philadelphia schools in the northeastern section of the city.

The seeds for the state grant were planted last spring, at Lincoln High School. Assistant Principal David Lon says the school holds an annual food and dance event called Culturefest.

"We have a weeklong celebration where we bring all students, all families, all staff together to celebrate the 45-plus countries that are represented in our student body."

Attending the event was Democratic State Representative Joe Hohenstein.

"After that, I recognized that there are these special programs that need just that extra little bit of a lift," he said. "And the Culturefest was one of them."

Hohenstine secured a state grant for Lincoln High and five other schools: Alternative Middle Years at James Martin School, and Bridesburg, Mayfair, Meehan and Richmond Elementary Schools. They're getting $10,000 each to help pay for cultural education, computers and supplies.