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SCI-West Brings Visual Arts to the Henry C. Lea School

April 27, 2011

SCI-West has helped support the Visual Arts Program at the Henry C. Lea School in West Philadelphia. This article in West Philly Local details the students’ work, the philosophy

A giant rabbit in a stairwell at the Lea school, just one of the Visual Arts Program's contributions.

behind the art, and recent projects. Most importantly, it touches on an overarching theme in

our Sustainable

Communities work: access to quality education improves when both parents and the community share the commitment to improving education. From the article:

The goal of the Visual Arts Program is to get more students like him involved in changing the school. But the program needs adults too. Most importantly, Almaguer said, it needs Lea parents to participate with the students. They also need grant writers to help raise money to keep the project going and mural artists to help bring the “ascendancy” theme to life.

Wynne elaborated a little further on his ideas about what “ascendancy” means to him.

“If you make it to the third floor that means you made it to the stars,” he said.

Conversely this week, the New York Times covered the challenges of improving education in situations where parental and community support is low. We’re happy to see the West Philadelphia community supporting Lea students, and we’re proud to support these efforts.

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