Below are just a couple of the many love letters written by Meenoo Rami’s students at the Science Leadership Academy. To read more and to see what Philadelphia students have to say about their city, check out their website.
Favorite spot: Clark Park
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 42nd Baltimore
I am: A Philadelphia high school senior, a runner, a volunteer and an aspiring doctor.
Years in Philly: 18
Current Home: University City
My Love Note:
Dear Clark Park,
I do not like you. I do not like any of your local summer events that I greatly anticipate during the tedious winters. I do not like attending everyone of your monthly flee markets with my best friend. I defiantly do not like getting awesome novelty items such as an accordion or locally made jewelry for amazing prices. I do not enjoy watching the free Shakespeare theatrical productions every year with my mother, which I want to add is well put together and humorous. I do not like snow days because I always have the best time going sledding down the massive hill at the bowl. I did not enjoy spending hours playing hiding-go-seek and giggling with my middle school friends. Most of all I dislike all the unforgettable memories that I had with you. I can not simply like you, I love everything about you. Thank you Clark Park for the best eight years of my life!
Favorite Spot: Around Northern Liberties
Neighborhood: The whole city
Address: Currently couch surfing all over philly
I am: A Philly Biker
Current Home: Everywhere, Philadelphia PA
My Love Note:
Philly. You have treated me well. Before I came to you, I was only a little girl in the suburbs of Allentown. Now I’m proud to be what people call a “City Kid.” I’m a Philly lover, friend, explorer, student, young entrepreneur, writer, actor, and most of all, I am a Philly Biker. I bike around the city like it’s my job. It’s how I learn. I love biking around and seeing cool new spots to hang at with friends, or see new mosaics, or artwork. God it’s beautiful. Looking at the city from a distance is breathtaking. Especially at sunset. At that point in time, the city is mine. It’s almost as if the world stops for a second so that you can take a breath and fall in love again with the city. I wouldn’t want to ever loose that feeling. Stay safe Philly.
A Philly Biker
My Love Note:
You have graced me with your parks of swings, grass and dirt. Ever since I was little I have been enjoying the simple pleasures of running around in a field and climbing on the jungle gyms. What’s even better is that my love for the “parks” never died. When I was little I would play at Marconi with my sisters, brothers, and friends. I learned how to ride my bike with no training wheels on the baseball field there. Then when I was an early teen, I would hang down “DV” — that was the place to hang out. All my friends would gather up, watch the boys play basketball, swing on the swings. All the kids would flock there after school. Now I walk by both of those places and many others and just remember what free felt like. It has been a crazy few years with school and college dreams. It is hard to find a time where I am purely happy. Thank you Philly for the memories, the memories of my old friends, my new ones, my school memories, and the food memories, but most of all thank you for the moments of freedom. Those moments all started in a field, playground or basketball court.