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Photos: A Historic First Day

Photos: A Historic First Day

Penn Charter welcomed 1,016 students—the largest student body in the school's 334 years—for a historic first day of school on September 7.

Pre-kindergarten parents, caregivers and other family members walked the youngest Quakers to their classrooms for their first first day of school, and soon-to-be OPC '24s were greeted with high-fives and an energetic playlist by 10th and 12th Grade Dean Sharon Ahram and 11th Grade Dean Colin Brown for their last first day of school at PC.

During the opening assembly attended by all faculty, staff and K-12 students, Head of School Karen Warren Coleman delivered her first all-school address, reiterating Penn Charter's commitment to Quaker values and highlighting the "Courageous Learner" domain of PC's Portrait of a Penn Charter Learner -- the theme for the school year. 

Read Karen's full remarks. View photos from the first day of school and opening assembly

Jeff Reinhold, Clerk of PC's Board of Trustees, also shared remarks, as did senior class clerk Owen Minor, who observed: "One of the many spectacular aspects of the Penn Charter community is the diversity of our bests."

The spirit of the day and opening assembly set the stage for everyone on campus to approach the school year filled with enthusiasm and curiosity as courageous learners, compassionate friends, constructive communicators and change cultivators!

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