06/29/2009
Behind the Scenes
Phillies & Need in Deed

A winning stratgy

Representatives from local corporations met at Citizens Bank Park in June to recognize some important champions: Celeste Rodriguez, from Stetson Middle School, and three of her 7th grade students: Destini Clarke, Steven Perez and Shakira Sutton.

As part of our Classroom Partnership program, the event was designed to showcase the work of Need in Deed to a corporate audience. Celeste and her students described the class’s project on abuse, with a particular focus on how their experience changed their perceptions of themselves and their classmates. Classroom Partner Ian Pilling, of Comcast Interactive Media, talked about what it meant to be paired with a NID classroom and how he and his colleagues benefited from the experience.

“There is no silver bullet for the challenges facing the Philadelphia School District and the neighborhoods they serve,” said Ian. “But Need in Deed represents a truly grass roots solution – changing the environment student by student, teacher by teacher.

“They are building young citizens," he said, “empowered with self confidence, engaged in their education and equipped with the life skills to be a contributor in life, the workforce and their communities.”

Hosts David Montgomery, Phillies President and CEO and longtime NID Board member, and Brian Mahoney, member of NID's Classroom Partnership Advisory Board, invited guests to have their photo taken with the Phillie’s highly coveted World Championship Trophy.

Pictured here are (top to bottom):

  • Spencer Tullo, Logan Circle Partners, and Ian Pilling, Comcast
  • Teacher Celeste Rodriguez and her students
  • Tom Cataldi, Aberdeen Asset Management; Jeanne Garo, VIST Financial; and Ashlee Dardine, Aberdeen Asset Managment