Philadelphia School District



Sulzberger Middle School was a public school, which was located in the Mill Creek neighborhood along the buried floodplain of Mill Creek, one block from Aspen Farms Community Garden. The students were virtually all Africa-American; many were from families with incomes below the poverty line. The SMS/WPLP partnership began in 1995 and culminated in the Mill Creek Project, a curriculum on local history and the urban watershed, which connected the school, the local community, city officials and University students at Penn and MIT. From 2000-2002, SMS worked with the Philadelphia Water Department to expand the Mill Creek Project. The partnership ended when key teachers left Sulzberger after the state took over the Philadelphia School District and hired Edison, Inc. to manage the school. Two other schools now occupy the Sulzberger building.


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