Jay Cooke Elementary School

Website: http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/c/cooke/

Facts on Cooke

  • About 800 students – 77 ESL – 105 Special Education
  • 83% African American; 9% Asian; 7% Latino; 1% Caucasian
  • 84.8% eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • 14.5% eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • Located in Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia
    • 19.2% of Logan families are below the federal poverty line

What will you do?

  • Cooke AM
    • Classroom assistant helping teacher with whatever activities he/she sees fit
    • Often work with a small group or one-on-one with students who may be struggling
  • Cooke Recess
    • Help develop and implement recess program for grades K-3
  • Cooke Peer Mediation
    • Program created by 2006-2007 SLC Management Class
    • Teach selected children the skills necessary to be a peer mediator

When will you go?

Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 - 11:20,  Monday through Thursday 12:30 - 3:30,  Monday or Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30

Cooke would be a great choice for you if…

  • You love working with kids.
  • You enjoy working in a school environment with teachers.
  • You are interested in learning more about the education system.

What our Sophomores say...

Once I got to Cooke and met my class, I felt overwhelmed. The classroom atmosphere was completely different then any educational environment I have ever been in. Once the class warmed up to me and I warmed up to the class, going to service became something I wanted to do to rather than a requirement.  The looks on the kids’ faces every time I walk in the classroom makes me feel so wanted and makes me want to help them even more. I developed personal bonds with the children and this is something I did not think would happen. Helping them is really important to me because I know they do not have a lot in their life and I really want to teach them the importance of education. They live in rough times and if I can get them to focus on education I think it will really benefit them. Some of the children lack a consistent form of guidance in their lives and I feel like I can be this missing link. The effect the Villanova Students have on the children at Cooke is immeasurable and is the main reason why the Cooke program is so good; one can help these children out in so many ways. Mike Decina

As part of the Cooke Elementary Peer Mediation program, our main duty is to educate selected students how to mediate problems that fellow students might be having. This is a new program that was designed by Villanova student and this is the third year that we are running Peer Mediation at Cooke. As of now, we have only three students that are trained and ready to mediate other students, and we are training two more. In order for this program to be successful we somehow need more students from Cooke to be motivated to become part of this program. Our job as Villanova students is easy. We are given a folder that takes us step by step on how to teach the students to be good mediators. I have had no past experience with Peer Mediation and teaching these students was really easy. I decided to stay with the program for the second semester as I would hope to see some results from what I have done as well as seeing the program grow.-- Adam Goodman