PHILADELPHIA - Students from the Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School got the chance to visit the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 22. Margaretha Ehret, C'09, a teacher who was also a three-year letterwinner and two-time All-Ivy performer during her time as a field hockey player at Penn, brought multiple homerooms to Franklin Field where they received a different kind of instruction.
With help from member of Penn's field hockey and football teams, students were given the opportunity to get hands-on instruction. After the Young Scholar Frederick Douglass students ran their laps around the track and got to spend time with both the field hockey and football players, Penn's current student-athletes stuck around to sign autographs for their newest fans.
Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School, located in North Philadelphia, is a part of the Scholar Academies network of high-performing schools that use a focused, progressive educational approach designed specifically to close the achievement gap. As a part of the Renaissance Initiative, Scholar Academies was given the opportunity to turn Frederick Douglass Elementary into one of the highest achieving schools in Philadelphia. This model develops students into smart and dedicated scholars, determined to succeed on their PATH to academic achievement.
The school prepares students from kindergarten through eighth grade to attend and succeed academically in high school and college. Young Scholars provides students with a foundation of life skills required to become productive members of their communities. As a turnaround school, Frederick Douglass serves a distinct community and maintains its identity as a neighborhood school serving a catchment zone of a 15 block radius in North Philadelphia.
For more information, please visit the Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School website.
A photo gallery highlighting the day's activities with Penn's current student-athletes is embedded below.