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Philly principal turned his school into a neighborhood hub

Furness High School in South Philadelphia was once thought of as a place kids ended up by default. Under principal Daniel Peou’s leadership over the past decade, however, it’s become a center for the community.

How did he do it? His passion for an open-door policy that embraces not just students, but entire families started when Peou was a child immigrant from Cambodia, Eden MacDougall reports — learning English at none other than Furness itself. 

Furness High School Principal Daniel Peou outside Furness High School in South Philadelphia, which he attended growing up. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Eagles’ Go Green initiative brings Philly teens to West Africa

A partnership between the Eagles and Imhotep Charter High School sent 16 teens, many of them student athletes themselves, all the way from Philadelphia to Keta, Ghana, to help improve access to clean water by demonstrating a DIY water filtration system to eliminate toxic materials.

The experience applied classroom lessons to the real world, said Imhotep biology teacher Shirley Posey-Jackson, showed teens the importance of infrastructure — and created some new cross-global friendships.

Students from Imhotep examine water to be filtered in Keta, Ghana. (Courtesy Philadelphia Eagles)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is planning to open a service center in Philly to support urban agriculture, one of 17 planned across the country to support small and mid-sized farms. [KYW/USDA]

• Pennsylvania hit a record-high number of people receiving food assistance in June, a few months after extra pandemic allotments ended. Experts say there’s a worsening food security crisis, and advocates are pushing for a minimum wage increase, which hasn’t happened since 2009. [Capital-Star/Billy Penn/WHYY]

• At least five Philly Starbucks locations were closed yesterday with workers on strike. Starbucks Workers United rallied over the weekend to protest “union-busting” tactics and call for the shutdown of the Dilworth Park kiosk outside City Hall. [NBC10/PhillyVoice/Billy Penn]

• The city has been installing speed cushions near West Philly schools over the past month. It’s part of a larger effort to add traffic calming measures near several dozen schools before the school year begins. [West Philly Local/CBS3]

• UPenn and the Penn Museum are leading an excavation on the 3500 block of Lancaster Avenue from August through November as part of a “community-informed archeology project” attempting to document the history of the former Black Bottom neighborhood. [PhillyVoice/Heritage West]

• Excavation and construction has begun for the $70 million Calder Gardens — one of several upcoming Parkway museums — with a target opening in late 2024 or early 2025. [Inquirer$/BP 2022]


A few weeks after announcing a lawsuit against ghost gun manufacturers, Mayor Kenney joins his legal and health chiefs at City Hall to announce additional litigation being filed to address gun violence in Philadelphia (1 p.m.). 


🍽️ Fine dining without being able to see the food, utensils, or anything else? Philly’s latest Dining in the Dark experience takes over The Twisted Tail for $80 per person. (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26)

🪘 Get your groove on in Germantown at the free “Caribbean Rhythms”  Fourth Friday event in support of the local arts community. Food, live music, and dancing encouraged. (6-10 p.m. Friday, July 28)

📖 Billy Penn is proud to headline the inaugural Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Early bird tix are $17. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)