The Miracle on Cooper Street

The words most often used to describe Camden, New Jersey have been equal parts fearful and unflattering: Dangerous. Criminal. Impoverished. Many forget Camden was a city once gleaming with industry, known as a city of manufacturing and innovation. But 50 years of economic downturn following World War II shifted Camden from famous to infamous – … Continue reading The Miracle on Cooper Street

How Building a Charter School Has Drawn Parents, Poor Neighborhoods, and Rutgers-Camden University into a Transformative Partnership

scholars strategy network.org In the 1990s parents, students, faculty and staff at the Rutgers Camden Campus set out to launch a unique community development experiment, the Community Learning Center, intended to enhance education and improve supports for a community development and capacity building effort.  A sixty-five person Working Group Committee, composed of parents, faculty, staff, … Continue reading How Building a Charter School Has Drawn Parents, Poor Neighborhoods, and Rutgers-Camden University into a Transformative Partnership

Cause and Celebration: Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship fund-raising gala

Philly.com LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden held its 17th annual Rutgers University Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship fund-raising gala Dec. 2. The scholarship was established by Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in memory of her husband and is awarded annually to eligible LEAP graduates based on academic merit and financial need, with an emphasis on increasing diversity … Continue reading Cause and Celebration: Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship fund-raising gala