On Dec. 18, about 50 board members, faculty, staff and students attended the holiday party and celebration of the C.B. Community School in Philadelphia. Students were treated to lunch served by volunteers from the community and enjoyed gifts donated by the Delaware Valley Children's Charity. The school, formerly known as Arise Academy, a charter school founded to educate children in foster care, had to close its doors. Its founders obtained a license to reopen as an independent high school, C.B. Community School, on Sept. 23. Also attending were area community child advocates, including representatives from the Lenfest Foundation, Snider Foundation, the Gesu School, University of Pennsylvania's Field Center, as well as the National Liberty Museum. The school also recently partnered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for mentoring.