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Why I’m thankful for cyber education

During Thanksgiving and the holiday season, I like to take time to reflect on the things in my life that I am grateful for. And this year, I want to share how thankful I am for cyber education.

My children attend Reach Cyber Charter School, a unique, tuition-free online public charter for students across Pennsylvania. We decided to enroll our girls in Reach Cyber because as small business owners, we enjoy the flexibility and involvement in our children’s education. At Reach Cyber, they are able to learn at a pace that meets their needs and allows them to thrive. The program allows them to start their day when they are the most focused and are able to take breaks as needed. Our daughters’ favorite part about Reach Cyber is the opportunities to meet other students at local field trips.

Thanks to my children’s education at Reach Cyber, they are both on track to make honor roll this school year.

Cyber education has made a huge difference for our family, and for that I am so thankful. I’m grateful to all those in our local government that continue to provide funding for true online education. Thank you to all the parents, educators, students and community leaders who have dedicated their time to create a program that benefits students across Pennsylvania like my children.

Amber Bowie-Brownlee

Holiday season alive on East Passyunk

It took a full page in the Review for Mark Zimmaro to list and describe even some of the special events and business happenings during this holiday season on East Passyunk Avenue (“East Passyunk Ave. will be busy for the holidays,” Nov. 23). As the piece reports, credit for much of it goes to Adam Leiter, South Philly resident and executive director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District.

For example, Mr. Leiter is responsible for organizing special get togethers at The Singing Fountain like the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and later the Hanukkah Menorah Lighting. As described in the report, both happen in December.

These are but two of the many happy occasions, outdoor music, shopping and camaraderie that this time of year inspires.

As I have written before, while I am a lifelong resident of this dynamic neighborhood, I have met people from all over the world who have chosen to settle here for good reasons. Everyday I see people walking either dogs or baby carriages or both. As the article states, 19 new businesses have opened recently on the Avenue.

We are blessed to live in a thriving neighborhood that continues to enrich our lives.

So congratulations and thanks to all the business owners, workers and artists who are doing so much to enliven our holiday season in the East Passyunk neighborhood. And special thanks to Mark Zimmaro for this excellent reminder of a great place to live! Happy holidays to all!

Gloria C. Endres

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