At William Penn Charter School’s first TEDx event, James Ballengee, founder of the school’s Center for Public Purpose, senior Julia Fleming, and AP Government teacher Philip Consuegra.

At William Penn Charter School’s first TEDx event, James Ballengee, founder of the school’s Center for Public Purpose, senior Julia Fleming, and AP Government teacher Philip Consuegra.

William Penn Charter School last week held its first TEDx, a multidisciplinary event modeled on the internationally popular TED talks, and Julia Fleming, of Wyndmoor, delivered a powerful presentation about her work to educate the community about the childhood disease progeria.

James Ballengee, of Chestnut Hill, founder of the school’s Center for Public Purpose, organized the event, which he described as “multidisciplinary and focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”

In addition to Fleming and Consuegra, Penn Charter parent Jeffrey Brown, president and CEO of Brown’s Family Shop Rite, spoke about his effort to lead the initiative to build a new grocery store and shopping center in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Deneene Brockington, of Equal Dollars Community Currency, explained her innovative program that makes it possible for people to earn currency for community service work and then exchange the currency for food and other goods.

Fleming told of her work to educate the community and raise research funds – $12,000 and counting – for progeria, a rare disease that produces rapid aging in children.

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