Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Comcast Cares Day is Coming to Furness High School

Comcast Cares Day at Furness High School via

Pennsport's lone remaining active school will be getting some much needed help from media-giant Comcast. This Saturday, April 27th from 8am to 2pm, is the 12th annual Comcast Cares Day and Furness High School is one of Philadelphia's main projects.

Horace Howard Furness High School has seen some better days. While institution is doing just fine and continues to serve students from the surrounding areas - the building has certainly seen better days. Comcast is coming in to help perk things up.

Along with removing the litter in and around the property, Comcast will be bringing "more than 250" employees (and possibly a member of the Philadelphia Eagles) to help beautify the property by painting as well as making minor repairs.

The project is being run by the Asian Pacific Americans (APA) at Comcast - who are proud of the schools international student body:
The school's principal, Daniel Peou, a first-generation Cambodian American, was once a student himself at Furness and is now working hard to build an "international school" that will propel his students into higher education and thriving careers. The school's population is currently about 50% Asian American.
This is great news for Furness High School as well as Pennsport. The massive structure stands out as a true landmark for Pennsport and should be showcased as an area of neighborhood pride. Sadly, that isn't always the case.

It's incredible to see the amount of litter around the building on some days - most notably broken beer bottles. As many areas of the city are finding out - a school is an asset to its surrounding area and not to be taken for granted.

Kudos to Comcast for helping to beautify one of the treasures of our neighborhood and bringing awareness to one of Pennsport's unsung historic landmarks.

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