Girard Students and Teachers Honored by Mayor
As part of Philadelphia Mayor Nutter's "Philly Goes 2 College" initiative, area students and teachers were honored on June 1.
Identified by their respective schools as VIPs (Very Impressive Performers), the students and teachers joined hundreds of others in a parade from Broad and Pine to City Hall. Once at City Hall, the large crowd gathered in the center court for an awards ceremony.
In addition to eight Girard seniors who were nominated for their excellent academic work and acceptance at college, Girard teacher Rick Leek was recognized. One of only four teachers earning this award in the city, Leek has been teaching for over 27 years as well as coaching track & field, swimming and cross country. Mayor's representatives notified Leek that he was being honored in part due to his inspiration of his students. Over the years, several of Leek's students have returned to the classroom and have become teachers themselves.
About to join the throng that would march from Broad and Pine to City Hall were eight seniors, Leek (yellow shirt) and Academic Dean David Ruiz (center, back row). The blue (student) shirts say “I did it!” and the yellow (teacher) shirts say “And I Helped!”