Hill has made major contributions to the education of the children of Mt. Airy.
Her involvement began when her kids started
at the Henry School. “If we were going to use the public schools, I wanted to
be part of helping to make them better,” she says. But her focus was never on
just her own children. Lucy was a classroom volunteer at the Henry School. She
usually volunteered two full days a week. “When I first went I worked in my
kids’ classrooms. But, after they reached a certain age, they didn’t want
mom there. So I got on a middle school committee. We did fund raising and tried
to make the middle school a viable place.” Lucy was always impressed by how
welcoming the Mt. Airy schools were to parent involvement. “They loved to have
parents there doing things. Henry has a tradition of parents helping. There is a
parents committee for everything at Henry.”
Among many important
contributions Lucy has made to the Henry School, the most well known is her
fundraising efforts on behalf of its music program. Given the limited city funds
available for this purpose, private fundraising is necessary to support the
instrumental and choral programs at the school. Lucy’s efforts focused on
running an annual auction and encouraging the donation of instruments. The funds
she raised were vital to sustaining these programs, to underwriting major
musical productions, and to providing instruments for students who did not have
and could not afford them.
As her children have
grown, Lucy has continued her commitment to education by becoming a certified
teacher in the Philadelphia School System.
In addition to
supporting education, Lucy has also worked hard to create a sense of community
on Arbutus Street, where she has lived for 22 years. And her efforts to support
the community have recently borne fruit in another way: her oldest son is about
to go into Americorps.