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Memories from a Great Day in 1996

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! 


Posted by Julia Judson-Rea in Great Day on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 06:58PM
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Dropping in on Dr. Hughes

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.

Posted by Ms. Sharon Sexton in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 06:04PM
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Mr. Ballengee's Final Year?

After 42 years of teaching, Jim Ballengee is as passionate about government, politics and service as the iconic teacher you remember from your PC school days. Just listen to him talking about the War on Poverty.

Mr. Ballengee is retiring at the end of the school year. We know he will still find a way to stay involved, and make a difference.
Posted by Ms. Sharon Sexton in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 05:12PM
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Steve Bonnie Can Run Circles Around Most of Us

Steve Bonnie OPC '66 is always ready to run track – and support Penn Charter. 

Posted by Ms. Rebecca Luzi on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 04:23PM
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Not Easy Keeping Up with Kamal

Kamal Marell OPC '06 is back in the classroom – interning as a PC Middle School social studies teacher – and back on the track as a coach to a new crop of PC runners.

Ten years ago, as a captain of Doc Bonnie's 2006 Inter-Ac champion team, Marell was known for his speed (and his tights). He won the Greenwood award, given to the most outstanding performer in the championship meet, four years in a row. He set an Inter-Ac record for the 110m hurdles in 13.9, set a new Penn Charter mark of 49.8 seconds in the 400 meter run and anchored the team – which included speedsters Kashif Smith and twins Shawn and Dareem David – that broke Penn Charter's records in the 4x200 and the 4x100 meter relays.

Doc, how is it to have one of your runners back on the track?

"We are proud to have one of our finest sons back in the program where he
belongs. He is not only a Penn Charter track legend – he is a great role model
for whole new generation of Penn Charter students."
Posted by Ms. Sharon Sexton in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 03:45PM
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Cafeteria Shock! A Middle School Production

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!

Posted by Julia Judson-Rea in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 03:13PM
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We Have A New Challenge!

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 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!

Posted by Julia Judson-Rea in Great Day, Video, Update on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 01:38PM
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Dodger Down! A Middle School Production

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. 


Posted by Julia Judson-Rea in Great Day, Video on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 11:23AM
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Why Do You Give? PC Answers

It's a Great Day to Be a Quaker because of Penn Charter's incredible community of OPCs, parents, friends, faculty and staff. We love hearing why you support Penn Charter. Thank you to each and every one of you!

I give because PC has made me a greater person and I'm very lucky to be an OPC.
- OPC '01

I give every year because as a lifer and a faculty kid, I basically grew up at PC. PC shaped me into the person that I am today and I want further generations of students to have those same incredible experiences and memories.
- OPC '02

I owe so much of who I am and what I've accomplished to the amazing education, opportunities, and mentors I was provided with at Penn Charter.
- OPC '00

We give to Penn Charter because Penn Charter gives so much to our children.  It's been an awesome experience.  We are so glad we chose PC.  Go Yellow!
 - Current Parent

I love PC and what it does for families and what is has done and is doing for our children - community is important and relationships and love are vital - PC provided these essential needs and instills values in children the will serve them well as adults - my truth - I've witnessed!
- Current Parent / Parent OPC

Because there is no better investment, than the one made in the educators of our children, and the education of our children
- Current Parent

Great education.
 - Senior parent
Posted by Julia Judson-Rea in Great Day on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 11:00AM
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Fio's Morning Walk

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. 


Posted by Julia Judson-Rea in Great Day, Update on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 09:24AM
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