Every August, the Neil Kugelman Team of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors has been suppling backpacks FREE to schoolchildren coming to the historic Concord Schoolhouse on the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue. Various companies provide materials that fill these backpacks - one style for young children, one for older. The children not only receive these, but are introduced to this incredible Schoolhouse and the Upper Burial Grounds, deating back hundreds of years. "Our history here is so often taken for granted. We have a rich culture of freedom and education here - unlike most anywhere else in the country. We must demomnstrate the spirit of Germantown, that of care, concern and fellowship, remains our anchor."
WHYY Article in August 13, 2013:
Students lined up along Germantown Avenue on Saturday morning as the 6300 Germantown Business Alliance and the Historic Concord School House held a fourth annual school-supplies giveaway.
Accompanied by parents and guardians at a time when school-funding and opening issues garner headlines, the students from K-12 received backpacks filled with folders, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, a calculator and other classroom necessities.
A total of 150 backpacks were distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
The Concord Schoolhouse, built in 1775, is a complete nineteenth century schoolroom and is accompanied by a burial ground. Both were available for tours as families enjoyed the extra perk of dabbling in a piece of educational history.
In its annual back-to-school survey, the National Retail Federation found that families will spend an estimated $90 on school supplies alone this year.
Event co-sponsors included Elfant-Wissahickon Realtors/The Neil Kugelman Team, Trolley Car Diner and Historic Germantown.