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Principal speaks of Burholme school's allure

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Kennedy Crossan Ele­ment­ary School prin­cip­al Lynne B. Mil­lard last week told mem­bers of the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation that the build­ing might be small and old, but it has a spe­cial charm.

There are about 375 chil­dren in kinder­garten through fifth grade at Crossan, loc­ated at 7350 Bing­ham St. The school opened in 1922, and most gradu­ates move on to Woo­drow Wilson Middle School.

Mil­lard has been prin­cip­al for three years. She is a 24-year vet­er­an of the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia.

The prin­cip­al wel­comes mem­bers of the com­munity to vis­it the school. She de­scribed Crossan as a clean, safe school with strong aca­dem­ics. Chil­dren speak 12 lan­guages.

Stu­dents spread the word about the Town Watch/civic as­so­ci­ation meet­ings by tak­ing home fli­ers to their par­ents.

Crossan held a ca­reer day on May 8, wel­com­ing about three dozen pro­fes­sion­als.

The school will hold its an­nu­al spring con­cert on May 24.

“They sound like a high school or­ches­tra,” Mil­lard said.

The prin­cip­al said she is look­ing for cor­por­ate dona­tions and com­munity con­nec­tions, in lieu of lim­ited dol­lars from state gov­ern­ment. She met re­cently with Nick Himebaugh, an aide to state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.).

Mil­lard is con­cerned that, next year, budget cuts will lim­it the school to hav­ing a nurse only on Fri­days.

“On Monday, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Thursday, I will be the prin­cip­al and the nurse,” said Mil­lard, who is not a nurse.

Al Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Town Watch/civic as­so­ci­ation, is a Crossan gradu­ate.

• Mark Mroz, com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer for the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, said vehicle own­ers who park the wrong way on a street de­serve to get a tick­et. Mroz said it can be dan­ger­ous for a mo­tor­ist to pull out in­to on­com­ing traffic.

“You’re sup­posed to park with the flow of the traffic,” he said.

Mroz re­por­ted that there were 36 burg­lar­ies in a re­cent month’s time in the area of the dis­trict north of Tyson Av­en­ue.

The of­ficer also warned against people go­ing door-to-door of­fer­ing cash for gold and selling home alarm sys­tems.

“Don’t let a stranger in your house,” he said.

The 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict and its ad­vis­ory coun­cil will hold their an­nu­al com­munity day on Sat­urday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the park­ing lot of the Tar­get store at Bustleton and Bleigh av­en­ues. Activ­it­ies will in­clude a shred­ding ma­chine, fin­ger­print­ing, bi­cycle re­gis­tra­tion and vehicle etch­ing.

• The civic group sent a let­ter of sup­port for Story­book Chil­dren’s Cen­ter, which is mov­ing from a shop­ping cen­ter at 7722 Dun­gan Road to the Pente­cost­al Church of Phil­adelphia, at 7101 Pen­n­way St.

The move is be­ing made be­cause a shop­ping cen­ter ten­ant has ex­pan­sion plans. Story­book of­fers child care, preschool and be­fore- and after-school care to 150 young­sters.

The Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment ap­proved Story­book’s move, but the civic group plans to con­tin­ue a dia­logue with the church on prop­erty main­ten­ance is­sues.

• Gallo’s Pizza and Pasta, at 7400 Lawndale Ave. (at Bleigh Av­en­ue), treated every­one to pizza and soda after the meet­ing.

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. The guest will be City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones-Sanc­hez (D-7th dist.). ••

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