The City of Philadelphia named a school after its most famous general, the victor of Gettysburg, a K-8 school at 18th and Oxford Streets in North Philly. For sixteen years the George Meade Society has offered a scholarship to its graduating senior with highest achievement.
This year several members of the Society were invited to attend the Meade School’s graduation ceremonies to present its scholarship and a cash award to the second place finisher.
General Andrew A. Humphreys (portrayed by Jerry McCormick) presented the Meade Society of Philadelphia scholarship in the absence of General Meade himself, reportedly off inspecting fortifications in the east, to Rasheed Robinson. Rasheed also received recognition of his academic achievement from the State Representative Curtis Thomas in the form of a State Resolution. Elijah Burris received the secondary cash prize.
(N.B. – Ms. Burch will be leaving the school district after her tenure at the Meade School. She has always been an excellent example of school leadership and cooperative with the Society. We wish her well in her next endeavor.)
The class of 2016 sang, several individual students spoke, read poetry, and presented reminiscences of their tenure at the school. Raqueebah Burch, the school’s principal, gave the class an inspiring motivational address to the class, urging them to continue learning. To end the ceremony, a kindergartener rang a bell to symbolize the entrance and advancement of the class of 2017.
It was a wonderful day for the graduates, their families, and the Meade Society members.