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Meet Julian, a 3rd grader at Gwynedd Mercy Academy. Julian loves to play sports and is looking forward to playing in the snow this winter! As a bright student, Julian enjoys math and his favorite teacher is Ms. Roy.


Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I enjoys sports – organized soccer, football, basketball and baseball at PAL and Lawncrest Recreation Center.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your school?
A: I enjoy the spacious, grassy areas of my new school, where I play games with my classmates during recess and gym.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A: Math and sometimes science.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher and why?
A: Ms. Roy, she is the best.

Q: Who is your role model and why do you look up to them?
A: Odell Beckham, Jr.. He is a great football player who plays for my favorite team, the NY Giants.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I am not quite sure.

Q: What is your favorite activity in the winter? What do you want to do this winter?
A: Playing outside after it snows. Play in the snow and watch cartoons and play video games.


Seyna, Julian’s Mother

Q: What is the name(s) of your child(ren), grade(s), and school of your child(ren)?
A: Julian Barnes attends Gwynedd Mercy Academy, where he is a 3rd grader. This is his first semester.

Q: What are your hopes for your child(ren)?
A: I hope that my son grows up to be a good law abiding citizen who cares about others. I hope that he is successful at whatever he chooses to do. I hope and pray that he continues to be blessed, healthy and safe.

Q: Why do you think it is important for your child(ren) to attend a tuition-based school in Philadelphia? Are there any improvements you have seen since choosing a tuition-based school?
A: I think that it is important for my child to attend a tuition based school because it appears that these schools offer a variety of activities and services that are supported by their environment. They fare focused on educating the whole child and supporting and communicating with parents.

Q: How does your CSFP scholarship affect your family?
A: Our CFSP scholarship helped to lessen the cost of the tuition. I did not have to get another job, which ultimately allowed me to spend a little more time with home and project assignments. I was so relieved and my stress level decreased.

Q: How did you feel when you were notified that you won the CSFP lottery? What was your reaction?
A: When I was notified that we won the lottery for CSFP…I was elated. I felt happy, lucky and relieved all at once. I screamed, “ YES.”

Q: What would you tell others about CSFP?
A: CFSP has helped my family to afford an education for my child. I would let others know that CSFP will help and guide parents through the process. The staff at CSFP are professional, caring, patient and most importantly, understanding. I would encourage others to apply and do their research/homework.