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Gary Barbera Rallies for Local Northeast High School Volunteer Distribution of Chromebook Laptops

COVID-19 response of Philadelphia school closures, Northeast High School distributes digital learning tools to students who need them.


Philadelphia, PA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/17/2020 --As reported by CBS3, ABC6, NBC10 and Fox29.

Gary Barbera thanks all the front-line dedicated, self-less volunteers who distributed the Chromebooks to the students for their digital learning at Northeast High School and especially Principal Omar Crowder and State Representative Jared Solomon for making the Great Northeast's future even greater.

Principal Omar Crowder, the administrators, and the teachers of Northeast High School consisting of 3,400 plus students have unchartered territory ahead of them along with countless schools across the country; set up students to continue this school year totally online in response to COVID-19 school closures.

Local leaders, fundraisers, teachers, and businesses made sure Philadelphia students have access to the computers they need to continue their school year at home. In a weeklong process, the Chromebooks for Northeast High School on Cottman Avenue were distributed in a safe organized manner by the faculty, officers and Philadelphia School District volunteers at Northeast High School.

Principal Crowder said, "at least 1000 Chromebooks were distributed to his students."

Gary Barbera along with State Representative Jared Solomon are among the leaders who came together to thank the faculty and volunteers led by Omar Crowder, Principal.

Gary Barbera commented, "this is one of our hometown hero neighborhood schools and they deserve to have a level playing field for this educational transition and support to acclimate in this environment of uncertainty. These digital tools are critical and needed to be provided as quickly as possible to the students who do not have home access to this technology. Over 40% of Philadelphia students did not have digital access at home. COVID-19 pandemic is causing a multi-layer effect across so many levels of our communities basic needs."

The accomplishments of Northeast High School under Principal Crowder's leadership, Best High School 2019 by U.S. News and World Reports and 2019 Public League Champions in Girls Lacrosse, Football, Wrestling, Cheerleading, and Boys and Girls Track & Field, suggests that they have a track record of rising above challenges and are attuned in making it happen even during trying times.

The School District of Philadelphia had launched their Chromebook effort to loan students who need computer access for digital learning during the Philadelphia School closures due to COVID-19 response changes. The District will loan a Chromebook to every District K-12 student who needs one for learning at home per the Philadelphia School District website.

For more information about the Chromebook Loaner Program and assistance with internet access please click on the below Philadelphia School District Link.

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About Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard and his BarberaCares Programs
Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard proudly celebrates their 30th anniversary since swinging open the doors showcasing Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep and CPOV vehicles collaborating with it's own Philadelphia's Credit Connection- On-Site Instant Auto Credit. Over 1000 Vehicles including 300 Jeeps Cheap at one location. Barbera's on the Boulevard is recognized by FCA as Philadelphia's #1 volume dealer in both new and pre-owned vehicles for decades. Getting their start as a Dodge dealer has propelled them to be the #1 Dodge Dealer in 6 states, PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, and WV since the start while receiving Chrysler's highest accolade J D Power certification.

The Barbera Culture, rooted in the belief that Business Comes Where it is Invited and Stays where it is Well Treated. The Barbera organization hires hospitality and trains talent instilling within every single employee the philosophy of guest hospitality, consistent service, and gratefulness for the client's most precious gift of their valuable time. Their proudest moments are when they are welcoming back families who have purchased 9-10 cars and who send their friends and family. The biggest compliment is the wonderful thoughtful gift of a referral of family and friends.

The Barbera family credits their parents with instilling the Barbera Culture of Hospitality, Family Values and Work Ethic. Their mother Rita Barbera, known to all as "Lovely Rita" was kind, socially conscious, and valued family and hardwork. Their father, Eugene Barbera planted the automotive seed through his business, Palm Auto, a carwash, gas station, auto repair and body shop center located in Fishtown before it bloomed into the sprawling area it is today. The Barbera Family would work for their father as children inspired by their father's work ethic and client satisfaction standards. Their dad said, "Hard work never hurt anyone but Aggravation sure will kill you."

Honored to be recognized with the prestigious Family Owned Business award for dual accolades; Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard for positively impacting their communities economically and BarberaCares for Community Service Excellence. On the heels of this crowning achievement Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard is recognized alongside industry icons 6ABC, QVC, and Comcast NBCUniversal for Corporate Philanthropy as the region's most charitable givers.

BarberaCares principles of Support, Enhance, and Inspire lead the way in community service including broadcasting their Don't Text and Drive Campaign- Keep the Boulevard Safe message to everyone, especially the young. Proud to be the inaugural partner of Governor Edward G. Rendell's Adopt-A-Highway state wide clean up initiative from the ground up, 1000's of Turkey and Winter Coat hand deliveries to underserved sections of the city such as Strawberry Mansion, massively leading the way in Solar Recycling Cans around the city. Support of Philadelphia's finest including P.A.L, honoring Veterans for their service and sacrifice. Of course 1000's of individuals, children, families, youth groups, churches and synagogues have been added to the list of those being assisted by BarberaCares over the 3 decades.

Their Philly famous mascot – the Barbera Bear can be seen lending a paw and entertaining during parades and community clean-ups. Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard is also known for where the Stars buy their Cars! It all began with Jim McMahon and Doug Pederson as a young Quarterback in the 90's with many, many stars in between and after. Now it's Coach Doug Pederson and he's been driving Barbera for decades! Now it's your turn. I would be remiss if I didn't ask you.... Is Barbera the Best... Boy I Guess!