In April 1996, Pam Shannon organized a Health and Fitness Festival on the PC campus. Read her memories of the event below.
On April 26 and 27, 1996, PC welcomed the public to campus for the festival. Blue and yellow banners hung in the Old Gym and flags lined the walkways. A Penn Star helicopter landed on our football field and young people toured through it. PC served 1,200 free, heart-healthy lunches in the wrestling pit, which is now the Blaine A. Steinberg OPC '11 Center for Fitness and Performance.
Then-parent Ed Rendell broadcast live from the Dooney Field House on local radio station Q102, which hosted for the day. Philly Phanatic and Phillies player Gary Maddox participated in aerobic and fitness classes with students in the Athletics Center. There was even a Speedo fashion show with our seniors modeling!
Many vendors and health care providers came to the event and all health screenings, including dental, mammograms, cholesterol, blood pressure, tay sachs, etc. were free to the public. The day featured heart-healthy cooking demonstrations, massages, a golf swing tent, chiropractic care, hearing and eye tests, etc. Medical professionals spoke throughout the day in the Old Gym.
It was a great day for all!
Teacher, coach, college counselor, department chair. In her time at Penn Charter, Erin Hughes has worn many hats and mastered many tasks. Next year she will step down as chair of the English department to take on a new role, dean for 11th and 12th grade.
She will continue to teach, of course, and to work one-to-one with students eager to learn more about writing.
Steve Bonnie OPC '66 is always ready to run track – and support Penn Charter.
PC's Middle School offers up another short video inspired by The Goldbergs. In this one, new students experience lunch in the PC cafeteria for the first time and it is not what they expect!
Jack Rogers Hon. 1689 gives us an update from the Senior Stairs.
Thanks to so many generous OPCs, parents, faculty and staff, we've raised more than $20,000 and met the $20,000 dollar-for-dollar match from a generous Overseer!
And it is definitely a Great Day to Be a Quaker because another Overseer has just issued a new challenge to Penn Charter. If a total of 250 donors give on Great Day, we will unlock his gift of $25,000!
We know we can do it, but we need your help! Visit www.penncharter.com/give today to support Penn Charter and help us meet this challenge!
Thank you to all for making every day a Great Day to be a Penn Charter Quaker!
By now most people know that The Goldbergs, created by Adam Goldberg OPC '94, features a few characters based on Penn Charter faculty, who, in the show, teach at Penn Charter Academy.
Inspired by The Goldbergs, PC middle school students dreamed up a coulple clips of their own. This one features the very popular Dodger Down game and longtime teacher Rick Mellor.
Every day at Penn Charter is a great day for the Middle School's James Fiorile. He grabs his coffee and enjoys his walk to his classroom, saying good morning to students and colleagues who are making their way to their 'positions' before the show begins at 8:10 a.m.
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