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G.W. Childs Elementary is a thriving Community School in South Philadelphia.


We did it!     Over $9,000 raised for Project Recess!

Our first annual fundraiser, A NICE Night took place on Sunday, May 20 at On Point Bistro. Thanks in part to our platinum sponsor, OCF Realty, and our nice neighbors, we raised $9,413 for Project Recess!

We know it is a year away, but you can never be too nice.  If you are interested in getting involved with next year's event, let us know.


Who is NICE?

Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary is a committed group of community members dedicated to supporting our neighborhood children! In the last six years, NICE, in partnership with the amazing Principal, teachers, students and parents at G.W. Childs School has:

•  $125,000 + raised from grants, foundations and City funding to support capital projects and after school programming.

•  $10,000 + raised from events and donors to support teacher projects, library improvements, and student activities.

•  500 + community members engaged through schoolyard clean ups, volunteer projects, block parties, fundraising, and public school advocacy. 

•  10 + new partnerships to support early literacy, English Language Learners, the arts, gardening, and public school advocacy. 

Our Origin Story

In April 2012, NICE founder, Megan Rosenbach, teamed up with the GW Childs art teacher Maria Pandolfi and school parent Kim Smith, to host its inaugural fundraiser; this student art show hosted at Circle of Hope Church highlighted works of art from the schools 600 students, youth performances, and raised $1,000 for art supplies. The momentum gained from this event led Megan and Kim into a library revitalization project, and NICE held its first meeting in August 2012 to get more community members involved in supporting the school. 

All donations to NICE are tax deductible and go directly to supporting children and teachers at G.W. Childs School. 

At the heart of every vibrant neighborhood is a thriving school. NICE is dedicated to ensuring that the heart of our neighborhood, GW Childs Elementary, is beating strong.


Childs Elementary Partners

I love the students. They want to learn and have a great attitude.
— Mr. Feinman, 5th Grade Teacher
The school family at Childs is awesome.
— Kim Smith, Parent
The whole community came around the library project. It’s a huge success story.
— Megan Rosenbach, Neighbor
It’s where I got my start and it’s an awesome public school.
— Councilman Johnson

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