Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 33,972 at the 2010 census. Chester is situated on the Delaware River, between the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.
With the construction of Harrah's Chester, the city received a series of horse races that were once held at the Brandywine Raceway and the now-defunct Liberty Bell Park Racetrack. The racino opened on January 22, 2008, and features a specially-constructed bridge that enables the midpoint of races, contested at one mile, to take place over the Delaware River.
Chester began losing its mainstay shipyard and automobile manufacturing jobs as early as the 1960s, causing the population to be halved in fifty years from 65,000 in 1950 to under 37,000 in 2000. Poverty and crime rose as the city declined. In 1995, the state designated Chester as a financially distressed municipality. Soon thereafter, the city's schools ranked last among the state's 501 districts, leading Pennsylvania education officials in 2001 to hire the for-profit Edison Schools to run the local school district for three years.
Chester is a Third Class City, and was approved by the citizens on April 20, 1980 as a Home Rule Charter Community. Under the Home Rule form of government, the city council has been given all the legislative power to create ordinances, rules and regulations so the city can provide for the health, safety and well-being of its citizens.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,703, and the median income for a family was $29,436. Males had a median income of $29,528 versus $21,005 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,052. About 22.8% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.9% of those under age 18 and 21.8% of those age 65 or over.
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Treneal Chambers, a fifth-grade student at Chester
Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania,
nominated her fourth grade teacher, Ms. Shannon McGarry, as part of the Philadelphia
Phillies 2012 Teacher All-Star Contest, and earned four tickets for her, and her
teacher, to attend the May 11, 2012 Philadelphia Phillies Teacher Appreciation game.
Chambers’ essay was chosen out of 1,500 submissions, as an honorable mention, among
30 other essays, with 10 essays winning the overall prize, two sets of complimentary
tickets and the ability to participate in an awards ceremony prior to the first
The contest, in its twelfth year and hosted by The Philadelphia Phillies and the
Newspapers in Education Department of The Philadelphia Inquirer, is open to people
of all ages. It provides recognition for teachers who demonstrate mentorship, going
above and beyond the set curriculum, who believe there is no such thing as “can’t”
and who make every student feel loved and accepted.
In her nomination, Treneal wrote, “I nominate Ms. McGarry because she is a wonderful
teacher. She takes her time out to help me… When I can’t get anything right, she
would come over and say, “You can do it. I believe in you. I will always believe in
“… She’s also on my side when I don’t have a friend… No other teacher ever treated
me like she does… I will never ever forget her.”
Chambers’ story is unique in that her family recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia,
in search of a better life and opportunities. Upon notification of the award,
Treneal opted to stay behind to attend the ceremony and game.
Treneal, unable to receive help on the essay, which was submitted as a hand-written
document, worked tirelessly to ensure it was mailed in on deadline, even going as
far as seeking out neighbors and nearby relatives to provide an envelope and stamp
to send the nomination.
“Our teachers are superb and it’s great that our students recognize and appreciate
them,” said Dr. David Clark, CEO, Chester Community Charter School. “Ms. McGarry is
just one member of our dedicated staff whose members continuously go above and
beyond the call of duty for our students, making their education a personal goal.
We, the leadership of the school, parents and students, are extremely fortunate to
have teachers like Ms. McGarry instructing our youth. Kudos to Treneal and Shannon
for this most deserving award recognition.”
About Chester Community Charter School
Chester Community Charter School opened its doors on September 9, 1998, serving 97
students from its modest four meeting rooms, in the lobby of the Howard Johnson
Hotel. Since that time, the school has steadily grown to include more than 3,000
students in nine state-of-the-art buildings, spanning two campuses. Recently,
Chester Community Charter School provided personal laptop computers, through the
“One Laptop per Child” program, to 1400 of its students, in grades three through
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