Anna B. Pratt Elementary School

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Mural on the school entrance reads, “I am from the soil beneath the gray concrete.”  How many beautiful, strong people could be nourished by the soil beneath Philadelphia’s gray concrete?

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Beautiful mural with a pitbull, a horse, and the city in the background near the school.

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Little footprints in the concrete sidewalk leading out of the school- most likely not an intentional design- but a flaw that speaks to the little lives that bring their joyous chaos to the school.

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A Pre-K from a nearby daycare enjoying the new playground area.  Leif loved it too- and this is a playground that is widely used by ancillary groups on the weekends and week days…. one that I wish we had at Lea Elementary.

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Leif traverses the ‘Cruelty Free Zone’ and makes a B-line for the play area.  He was overjoyed that this school even had a play area after visiting so many others that did not even have a jungle gym.

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I am always obsessed with investigating the hoops.  As a kid that spent A LOT of time playing basketball, this feature in a neighborhood and school is important to me.  There was not one functional hoop on this court- which though wide enough to be to standard had diminutive posts- and wouldn’t be too much fun for weekend hoops.

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Kids at recess.  you can see how vast the grounds are- and how perfect they would be if re-done to include some functional play areas, gardens, grass, etc.  Also, the school had bars all the way up the windows- even on the top floors.

I should also note that Leif and I were hungry- and the two businesses that front this school are a funeral home and a liquor store- no smoothie joints or fruit stands.

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3 thoughts on “Anna B. Pratt Elementary School

  1. Hi my name is natisha in my sons jamic&life goes to anna b pratt elementrary school!!!the teachers are great they take care of the kids very well ;my boys learn alot from the school !!when i told my boys the school wad closing they wanted to cry out of all the schools in philadelphia yall had to pick this school!!but u no what god is still gud in no wrapon form against this school shall prosper !!in the princpal mrs johnson is the sweeyest person u can no!¡In to mr parker u are a wonderful teacher 🙂 mrs michelle u are so nice 🙂 mrs schashaber my kids love u 🙂 ñrs robinson jamic in life loves u guys in if i forgot any body please forgive me!!from mrs robinson 🙂

    • I agree Natisha… this is school has a great new playground, a vast campus, and a lot of potential. The community seems to really love it- the trick is rallying and being a big enough pain in the rear for the SRC and City Hall to get the funding to stay open- with quality educational service!

  2. I went there in the early 90 Dr Heart was the best music ever but there was a teacher their abusing children and everybody knew about it and no one said or did nothing about it. He’s name was Mr. Brooks he was my 5th grade teacher.

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