McCall’s location in the heart of Center City affords a multitude of partnership opportunities. The following is a description of McCall’s extensive partnerships:
Arden Theatre: Provides tickets to performances for McCall students, as well as instructional materials for each production to enhance the children’s enjoyment and understanding.
ACE/INA: Through Philadelphia CARES Day, ACE employees dedicate a full day to a McCall building upgrade—painting the interior and exterior of the building, creating delineated play areas in the schoolyard, and conducting a massive cleanup. They also provide the Reading STARS program, which offers weekly, one-on-one literacy support to students in need of reinforcement.
Comcast, VH-1, and Save the Music Foundation: These organizations provided the keyboard lab to the Music Department, which has enhanced student creativity and understanding of music theory.
Walnut Street Theatre: Brings actors and musicians to McCall for assemblies and performances.
Fleisher Art Memorial: Supported McCall’s Mural Project (see Mural Arts Partnership, below).
Independence Seaport Museum: Sponsors class trips, lessons, and special tours for grades 3-8.
Kimmel Center: Provides tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra and other performances.
Barnes & Noble: Hosts annual book fair and story hour for McCall families
Curtis Institute: Provides scholarships for music lessons and concert tickets.
6th Police District: Hosts Holiday Luncheon for McCall 1st grade, providing each child with a holiday gift.
National Labor Relations Board: Provides volunteer tutors for McCall students needing extra support in literacy and math.
ASAP (After School Activities Program): Provides extra-curricular activities such as chess and yoga.
Pennsylvania Hospital: Supports McCall Choir and Strings Orchestra/instruction. Also, provides enrichment opportunities through field trips on historic architecture, medicine, and horticulture in the “Learn to Grow” program.
Independence Free Library: Provides after school activities to McCall students; these are academic and thematically based on promoting harmony and unity among diverse ethnicities.
University of the Arts: Musicians and Visual Artist serve as mentors for students.
The Clef Club: Provides workshops in jazz improvisation to McCall students and tickets to concerts.
Jefferson/Kimmel Cancer Center: Provided funding for early elementary technology drive and purchased several SmartBoards for classrooms. Also provided enhancements to hands-on science curriculum.
Franklin Institute: Provides class trip opportunities.
Society Hill Civic Association: Launched the McCall School Initiative in 2002, which has formed stronger ties between the neighborhood and the school. SHCA also provides financial support for community outreach events, and collaborates with McCall on neighborhood projects such as plantings and cleanup days.
Society Hill Fund: Assists with fundraising efforts for major projects such as the cybrary and technology drive.
Washington Square West Trust: provides funding for 100 Book Challenge, the independent reading program in grades K-3.
Retired Seniors Volunteer Program: Retired senior citizens volunteer at least once a week to offer tutorial services to students who need area help in the areas of reading/math.
Rohm & Haas: Has provided financial support for the school’s cybrary initiative, participated in the Philadelphia READS “Reading Buddies” program, funded EarthForce tile mosaic mural in school’s first floor hallway.