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    JANUARY 26, 2006
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From the theater department to Temple University Press, Temple continues to be a strong presence in its four North Philadelphia Partnership Schools, Duckrey, Dunbar, Ferguson and Meade


Last Friday, Jan. 20, Temple theater students brought swordfights and scary witches, madness and mayhem to students at Ferguson Elementary in a live performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (abridged and adapted).

The performance was one of several for students at Temple’s Partnership Schools in January, as part of the school’s “Shakespeare Live!” project.

Created by theater faculty members David Ingram and Stanton Davis as a way to bring Shakespeare and live theater to students in Temple’s neighboring Partnership Schools, the project gives theater students experience touring and performing in front of “very live young audiences.”

Funding for the project is made possible by the Albert Benzwie Memorial Fund. Benzwie was the founder of Theater Center Philadelphia.



Jim Reed, director of external affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania Inc. (back right), presented a check for $25,000 to Temple’s Partnership Schools’ Literacy Initiative, designed to improve reading and writing skills of students in the four-school consortium on Jan. 19. Duckrey Elementary School students (front, left to right) Johnatho Nathan, Travis Stone, Kenyatta Spruill, Kashay Subratie, Neisha Gordon and Amani Singleton helped represent the students of the four Partnership Schools that will benefit from the initiative: Duckrey, Dunbar, Ferguson and Meade.

Introduced in 2003, the Literacy Initiative consists of a multi-faceted approach to boosting the reading and writing abilities of the 1,800 students enrolled at Temple’s four Partnership Schools, located in North Philadelphia.

The initiative trains teachers to target instruction to each individual student’s needs, and provides new instructional materials for classrooms and more books for children. David Baugh, principal of Duckrey School (back, left) and Walter E. Jordan-Davis, director of planning and development in Temple’s office of Partnership Schools, also attended.



Frank Murphy, principal of Meade Elementary School, along with the Temple University Press publishing team and Meade teachers (seated), on Dec. 22 discussed with fourth-graders how books are made.

Temple University Press presented each student with a complimentary copy of its first children’s book, P is for Philadelphia, made possible through employee contributions to the Together for Temple Faculty and Staff Campaign.

Over the spring, the Press will have book donations with Temple’s other three Partnership Schools, Duckrey, Dunbar and Ferguson.