Let it Rain…

CR_Rotary_Rain_Barrel-047_webOver the last few months, with the help of our amazing art teachers, the students created a rain barrel for the Caesar Rodney Rotary Club’s rain barrel auction.  The Rotary Club is conducting the rain barrel project as part of its work to raise awareness of water as a natural resource. In addition to raising money to fund clean-water projects overseas with our partnership with University of Delaware’s Engineers without Borders Chapter.  Their hope is to demonstrate how homeowners and businesses can conserve water and save money, while protecting the local streams and rivers and watershed, by capturing water in a rain barrel.

The photos on the barrel include photos of cupped hands holding water, the earth, perhaps a chick, an egg… all things that need water to survive and flourish. The hand prints were done by the children at the Urban Promise school in many different colors.  The photos are of black, white, young and old hands, and taken by the students.

Fun fact, the barrel was won by a couple living in Boston.


Stay Tuned

UrbanPromise has an exciting project underway.  Through our vision to be a community in Christ, we have the privilege to be a part life changing stories in Wilmington.  We see hope rise from situations that seem dark and difficult.

Though a few generous donors, we are able to partner with Gordon DelGiorno of Film Brothers (Lower Market District, downtown Wilmington) to produce a short video giving viewers a glimpse into the hope we see multiplied each day through the amazing children, youth and families in our community.

So stay tuned…..soon we will be releasing a new tool for you to share the vision of UrbanPromise!

“The Reunion” – UP Academy Play

Support UP Academy in our 1st student-produced play!
Choose Life Productions presents

The Reunion
written and directed by Raini Linton and Shaheed Purnell

What will become of the UPA students? Join them at their 10 year reunion to find out!

Saturday, May 12th, 3:00 pm
Urban Promise Academy
First and Central Presbyterian Church
1101 Market Street, Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE

Refreshments will be served. Street parking available.

Tickets $7 in advance, $10 at the door
free for UP staff
Purchase tickets online:

We’d love to see you there!

Kappa Sorority Sisters Visit Urban Promise School

Beth Truax and some of her Kappa Sorority sisters visited the Urban Promise School Kindergarten and 1st grade classes on Wednesday, 2/15. to encourage literacy with our young, blossoming readers. They took turns reading books that were their personal favorites to students in each class.  Thank you to Janis Nutini, Joan Short, Judy Stoffer and Beth Truax for sharing their love of books with our students.

They also shared healthy snacks of fruit, cheese, and juice with our children. Each child received a personal book to take home. Each classroom received books from a ‘Wish List’ that the teachers generated. We appreciate the generosity of our guests in sharing their love of books in such deliciously, delightful ways with our students!

By:  Catherine Dolan, Head of School