Making Adaire School look more beautiful.

girlscoutmommy's picture

Hello. We have decided to take steps in making our school look more bright and cheery for the students and their families. We have seen how beautiful Hackett school looks and we would like to see if we can do the same at Adaire. If anyone knows any information that might help us please send me a message. We were thinking maybe some benches, flowers, trees...possibly a mural. Thanks so much in advance for the information!!

Maggie's picture

We were JUST talking about

We were JUST talking about Adaire when we were walking by yesterday! Can the trailers be painted?

YJB's picture

If you're looking to have

If you're looking to have someone paint a mural for you, may I recommend Dave McShane?

He's a Philly guy, graduate of La Salle University, and passionate about making art accessible to the working class.

I'd say his most recognizable mural is the one of Jackie Robinson stealing home. It's located on Broad Street.

People on this board have probably met Dave before or possibly even worked with him. If so, they can attest to his good nature and probable interest in a project like this.

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ofofhy's picture

I was just thinking the

I was just thinking the other day how a couple of trees in the vast expanse of concrete would be great, It would also give the kids some shade at recess or when they are playing there in the summer. There are a couple of Tree Tenders here on the board that I am sure wouldn't mind helping out with that (I am one of them). You can contact the others through the FNA Beautification Committee.
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smileygirl07's picture

my boyrfiend's mother works

my boyrfiend's mother works for the mural arts program and has done murals around the neighborhood (she lives in Fishtown too). i think she painted the jungle scenes inside the rec (but i'm not completely positive about that) and i know she did the abstract mural on the side of the I-95 southbound ramp. i can talk to her and see if she would be interested in painting something.

dan's picture

I think there was discussion

I think there was discussion about this at last week's FNA meeting. I know there was discussion about a mural at a school entrance, and the schoolyard was described as "fenced in". Unfortunately, I didn't catch the name of the school, but it sounded like Adaire.

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ftwn2525's picture

I totally agree with going

I totally agree with going with "smileygirl07" boyfriend's Mother - Sorry dont know her name but she does wonderful work. I seen the work she did inside Schissler Rec. Center and Fishtown and it is GREAT work - plsu she works for the mural arts program and I am sure since it is for the school something could get worked out where Adaire wouldnt have to pay for it.

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jmminarik's picture

GSM, by 'We' do you mean the

GSM, by 'We' do you mean the PTA (or Home & School) or whatever the organization is called?

-Joe
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stock's picture

This was discussed at the

This was discussed at the FNA meeting. E-mail They spoke to the principle already about tree planting and a mural.

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Larry99's picture

I know it probably cost too

I know it probably cost too much but as Dan alluded, replacing that hideous chain link fence with somthing more attractive (maybe a smaller rought iron fence?) would do wonders for the looks of the school.

Spiral's picture

Please, not another Mural.

Please, not another Mural. We are mural'd out

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jmminarik's picture

Larry99 wrote:I know it

Larry99 wrote:

I know it probably cost too much but as Dan alluded, replacing that hideous chain link fence with somthing more attractive (maybe a smaller rought iron fence?) would do wonders for the looks of the school.

I agree...but the fence was raised from a nice low one not terribly long ago to it's current height. I'd imagine in part it was to help keep the various balls from flying out of the school yard, but also in part to help keep the loitering kids at night from hanging out in the yard. It, combined with cops checking, does seem to keep the loiterers away.

-Joe
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Pure_Fishtown's picture

jmminarik wrote:Larry99

jmminarik wrote:
Larry99 wrote:

I know it probably cost too much but as Dan alluded, replacing that hideous chain link fence with somthing more attractive (maybe a smaller rought iron fence?) would do wonders for the looks of the school.

I agree...but the fence was raised from a nice low one not terribly long ago to it's current height. I'd imagine in part it was to help keep the various balls from flying out of the school yard, but also in part to help keep the loitering kids at night from hanging out in the yard. It, combined with cops checking, does seem to keep the loiterers away.

-Joe

The higher fence was erected when the then-principal decided to make over half of the schoolyard into a parking lot for teachers. The teachers' biggest complaint was that they had to walk while carrying things to work.

The children were crowded into a much much smaller area. A gate on Palmer street was enlarged for the trash collection. It was scary to see this huge truck in the small area when the children were also in the same area during recess.

Thanks to the good people of Fishtown those with and those without children stood strong and had the parking lot removed.

dan's picture

Actually, I wasn't alluding

Actually, I wasn't alluding to the fence (not that I object to it being discussed).

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"This city has such an incredible history and so much obvious potential. I'm amazed that a place like this would even consider something as trashy and soul-sucking as a slot parlor on its historic waterfront."

polishcowboi's picture

i think some trees would be

i think some trees would be awesome and really change the look and feel of the entire schoolyard. the fence, while not attractive, is practical...it keeps kids out and it keeps kids in.

i personally am not too into murals anymore...i mean...on eyesores like near crumbling exposed walls, they look nicer than the exposed wall...but on nice, well maintained brick...i just like to see nice well maintained brick...but thats just my personal opinion....i just know if i lived across the street from the school...i'd hate to look at a mural that, in ten to fifteen years is gonna be outdated looking

but i'm with ya on the trees...shade for kids during recess and maybe you could even do some sort of gardening area where kids can learn a little about that?

AM's picture

Trees sound great - but I

Trees sound great - but I have to agree we have enough murals.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Trees around the perimeter

Trees around the perimeter of the school would be nice. If I remember correctly there were trees on Palmer; maybe, the cuts in the pavement are still there.

Maggie's picture

I think trees and a lower

I think trees and a lower fence etc. would be great, but I also think that painting the trailers would help a lot: if folks are "mural-ed out" can we at least make them bright colors?

jmminarik's picture

Why not make a mural of

Why not make a mural of trees?

-Joe
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"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

girlscoutmommy's picture

So sorry I havent responded,

So sorry I havent responded, Ive had some computer problems. I am the president of adaire's home and school association. We have been discussing this for some time now. Whatever it is that we decide for the school has to be at low or no cost. We don't really have a big budget to pay for alot of work. Painting the trailers is #1. We will have to see where the money will come from to get the paint. We would like trees...if not just for beautification purposes for the issue of parking on the pavement. This is a huge problem and it puts the kids and parents with strollers at risk for injuries daily. We like the idea of a mural...we love what Hackett school has done with their school. It will be done with consideration to the neighbors who will look at it daily. We are in the process of collection information on a number of ideas. Our school has looked drab and dreary for far too long.