MAX HARRIS, a 7th-grader at the Girard Academic Music Program, leaves his Mount Airy home each morning to catch a yellow school bus. But his route - and his attendance - may be in jeopardy next year because the district is threatening to remove bus services.
"I'm not sure I'd want to make that commute," Harris said, holding an electric guitar in its case during a protest Wednesday afternoon in front of the School District of Philadelphia offices on North Broad Street. His school's 102-member marching band and color guard performed.
The school, known as GAMP, at 22nd and Ritner streets in South Philadelphia, faces a transportation dilemma because two-thirds of its middle-school students ride a school bus. The magnet school for grades 5 through 12 was founded in 1974 by Jack Carr, now its principal. It has more than 500 students from all over the city.