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POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:02 PM

(The blog has been dark for a while, but I am back from vacation and plan to write more often. So get reading!)

A while back, I wrote about an effort by parents and the school district to raise money and improve programming and community connections at the 12 elementary schools that the district runs in Center City, broadly defined as the area between the two rivers, from Girard Avenue to Tasker Street.

Some readers expressed concern that this effort would not help poor children. Here are a few reasons I think the program, if it succeeds, will help all kinds of kids:

POSTED: Monday, February 6, 2012, 10:25 AM

Parents at Chester A. Arthur are taking a page from the "Let's Put on a Show" school of fundraising. With the help of performers from the Walnut Street Theatre, the school is hosting a night of cabaret tonight, Monday Feb. 6, in its building at 2000 Catherine Street.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for school-aged children. The show, titled, "A Whole New World at Chester A. Arthur: A Benefit for the Friends of Chester A. Arthur featuring Walnut Street Theatre Favorites" starts at 7 p.m.

If you can't go and want to donate, you do that via the group's web site: http://www.friendsofchesterarthur.org/

About this blog
In her 12 years at the Inquirer, Miriam Hill has written about everything from politics to gourmet chocolate (Like!) and anxious dogs (adorable trouble).

But only one topic has become a passion: the pleasures and challenges of raising a young child in the city.

Not too long after her son was born four years ago, she started hunting around for day care, which triggered her ongoing search for a good primary school. Public, private or charter? Stay in the city or move to the suburbs?

And then there are the more mundane questions, such as how many games can you play while sitting on a stoop?

Please join her in the conversation about raising children in Philadelphia and about making this city better for kids. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, but her only personal obsession is not football, but Bruce Springsteen. As he might have said, it’s hard to be a parent in the city.

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