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Under Construction: Our Very Own Food Court for Entrepreneurs! onstruction has begun on the Center C for Culinary Enterprises (CCE) at 310 S. 48th Street (the site of the former Food Rite store). When completed in July 2012, this project will be one of the nation’s most comprehensive commercial kitchen centers, designed to be an engine for creating food-related jobs and businesses, and to provide resources to emerging food entrepreneurs. The CCE is a 13,000+ square-foot project, including three state-of-the-art commercial kitchens for rent to culinary entrepreneurs, a youth-run training restaurant, the eKitchen Multimedia Learning Center, and two additional retail spaces. It will renovate a long-vacant eyesore and bring new restaurants to the community.

The project is being developed by The Enterprise Center CDC. The general contractor is Perryman Building and Construction Services Inc., a West Philadelphia-based, certified minority-owned business. The architect is Friday Architects/Planners. The project is supported by a number of government and private funders, including major investments from the City of Philadelphia and U.S. Economic Development Administration. While the capital project is funded and underway, we are now looking for individuals and organizations from the community to step up as partners, and help support the project’s year-one operations. You can find more information and become a supporter at

WPCNS Brings the Vibrancy of Our Community into Lea School By Amara Rocker est Philly Coalition for Neighborhood W Schools (WPCNS) is a grassroots group that aims to bring the vibrance of our community and all of its resources into our local neighborhood public schools, with a focus on Lea Elementary. The Lea Visual Arts program, a collaborative effort to improve school climate through innovative interior design and visual art throughout the school’s hallways and stairwells, is a recipient of a 2011 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant in the amount of $1,999. Many thanks to WPCNS member Justin McDaniel for his grant writing assistance with Lea Visual Arts program founder, Yvette Almaguer. The Greening Lea Committee, led by WPCNS members Julie Scott, David Hincher and Jen Martel, has successfully applied for a Community Design Collaborative planning grant to green the Lea schoolyard, with the Enterprise Center CDC serving as the fiscal sponsor. The Collaborative proposed that the Lea project, along with another school, John B. Kelly, be part of a design charette exploring urban school sites next spring. The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC)’s Open Books, Open Minds program and its volunteer librarians have transformed the Lea Library! Additions include a giant teddy bear surrounded by bear-related stories, a plush reading rug, a tiny rocking chair reading nook with reading lamp, and a book display about the ocean, complete with sea

shells. The piece de resistance is a book display about caterpillars and butterflies, complete with a butterfly net and a terrarium containing butterfly eggs that have hatched into caterpillars and spun cocoons (though every student knows the proper term for cocoon is “chrysalis”). More important than the cosmetic changes are the stellar library services, brought to Lea by the volunteer librarians in collaboration with Lea’s teachers. WePAC has quickly become one of the most popular and beloved programs at Lea.

WPCNS held a LEAmonade sale in May. Proceeds of this sale went towards air conditioners for the Lea Elementary kindergarten rooms.

Upcoming Events School Food 101 at Lea: Tuesday, November 15th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Lea auditorium. Topics include: where school food comes from; how it is prepared; and efforts to bring farm-fresh food to your neighborhood school. Learn about new efforts to improve the quality of school food and become part of the conversation. Parents, students, educators, and interested community members are welcome! Sponsors include the PSD, PUFFA, the Food Trust, PCCY, Fair Food, Common Market and the Enterprise Center CDC. Lea Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast Prep: Monday, November 21st, 12:30-2:30. Lea Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast: Wednesday, November 23rd, 12:30 -2:00. Several volunteers are needed for both of these Thanksgiving events. Please email if interested. November 2011

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November 2011 Newsletter  

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