In 2012, White and Williams LLP started the "Adopt A School" initiative, which provides services and funding for schools in "need" of help for one year. The initiative was launched as a way to give back to the community and invest in education – specifically within Philadelphia’s public school system, which has faced sharp declines in funding over the past several years. The program also provides a unique opportunity for lawyers and staff to engage through the investment of time, finances and resources.
The first Philadelphia school the law firm adopted was Masterman High School. The yearlong adoption ended in February 2013, and it was a great success.
In March 2013, White and Williams adopted a second local Philadelphia school - Spring Garden Elementary.
Spring Garden Elementary School is among the more “needy” schools in the City of Philadelphia. Serving a small section of North Philadelphia, there are a total of 285 children in grades K-8. 91% of the students come from homes classified as “economically disadvantaged.”
The school library has been closed for ten years due to major renovation needs and a lack of books available for students. Further, the library has no reading material from this century. The school is determined to reopen their library, and White and Williams is determined to help and support the school's critical need.
The law firm will jumpstart the adoption by donating a $10,000 check to help the school buy new books for all grade levels.
The firm will also provide other support to the school, including:
If you would like learn more about this program, feel free to contact us.