1227 Kenwood Avenue
Wildwood Avenue between Princess and Kenwood Avenues

The PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL was built to educate students of the then new Parkside neighborhood of Camden in 1907 on Wildwood Avenue between Princess and Kenwood Avenues and opened on December 12th of that year. In 1915 three rooms were added. Six more rooms were added in 1928.  

A Sign at Parkside School
Photo courtesy of the Coskey sisters, Pat & Jean

An 'older' graduate of the school organized a couple of alumni gatherings about 8-10 years ago and my camera worked overtime to capture shots of the halls and stairwells, classrooms and walls of the place. Walking past the old location of the principal's office, I swear my knees shook like jelly! That's when I took the 'bathroom' site. There's also one of a sink that was in the same spot when I attended Parkside School and remains hanging in the same place. We cleaned up at that sink after art class or if we had used paste or spilled ink during a class.
         My brother remembers the 'bathroom' sign being in the downstairs hallway in 1937 and onward. I know it was there in 1942 and up while I was there. The principal who was there when the alumni were invited to spend the afternoon with the present day class, considered it to be part of the school's history and kept it right where it had been for so many, long years. I only hope it's still there. 

Pat Coskey Davis, 2004

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933

Children to Be Tested for Physical Fitness for Entrance in Fall 

The Parent-Teacher Association is sponsoring the first "Summer Round­Up" of Parkside School today on the ground floor of the school building. The round-up is held to make physically fit all children who will enter the school for kindergarten or first grade in the Fall. Physical examinations will be given to all children brought to the school in the morning at 10:15. 

Announcement of the round-up explained that an examination is made at this time of year in order that any defects in the child's physical condition may be corrected before he enters school in the Fall. 

Dr. William H. Pratt and Dr. S. S. Lewandowski will make the tests. They will be assisted by a school nurse. 

Mrs. Rocco Palese is president of the association, Miss Lillie Hutton, principal of the school. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 21, 1933

School Having Exercises Today; Boys and Girls in Equal Numbers

Thirty-eight students will be graduated today at the annual commencement exercises of Parkside School, Princess and Wildwood Avenues. The class is divided equally among girls and boys. Rev. Wilfred A. Burch, pastor of Parkside M. E. Church, will address the graduates. Miss L. M. Hutton, principal of the school, also will speak.

Students who will participate in the program, are Arthur Dorfman, address of welcome; Sarah Cutler, Mildred Appel, Burton Pearl and Sydney Bush, in epitaphs of the 1933 class; Lynwood Hewitt, violin solo; Evelyn Simon, reading of poem "Our Teachers," written by Sarah Cutler and Miriam Kantor; Jean Schumaker, Helen Kohler and William Holdcraft, in a presentation; Gertrude Heitz, piano solo; Myron Rosen, reading of his poem "Farewell to Parkside."

The graduates:, Adele Anderson, Mildred Appel, Edward Barthold, Walter Becker, Bernard Bellitz, Shirley Bryen, Sidney Bush, Harriet Clement, Sara Cutler, Arthur Dorfman, Alberta Fenstermacher, Erma Fenstermacher, William Flynn, Alphia Gilberson, Sylvia Halpern, Doris Hart, Gertrude Heitz, Lynwood Hewett, William Holdcraft.

Miriam Kantor, George Kohler, Paul Matthews, Helen Miller, Helen Norris, Elliott Obus, Burton Pearl, Kathryn Richardson, Martin Richardson, Myron Rosen, George Rytzell, Jeanne Schumacher, Grace Shapiro, Evelyn Simon, Irving Sussman, Robert Tyler, Dorothy Wisniewski and Loy Zorger. 

Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1936
Parkside Students Send Christmas Gifts Overseas

Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938

Appoints 2 Instructors and Pensions 2 Others; Wilson Enrollment High

The Camden Board Education last night approved transfers of 14 teachers, the appointment of two new instructors and the retirement on pension of two others.

The board then adjourned until 11.45 a. m. today and it was announced the 1938-39 board will be organized at noon when Commissioner Mary W. Kobus is expected to be re-elected president.

When the report of the teachers committee making recommendations for appointments, transfers and retirements was read it was approved by unanimous vote and without comment.

Following the meeting Carlton W. Rowand explained that most of the transfers were made to meet emergencies in teaching classes at Woodrow Wilson High School, where more than 1500 students will be enrolled for the second semester, be ginning today.

Rowand explained that enrollment at the Wilson school is the highest in its history, due to many students taking up English and commercial courses instead of entering Camden senior high school, which will have an enrollment of approximately 1540 students, the smallest in several years.

List of Transfers

Transfers affecting teachers in junior high schools are: Louis E. Feinstein from Hatch Junior High School to commercial business organization, Wilson High School; Frank E. Sias, from Cramer Junior High to physical education, Wilson High; Jessie W. McMurtrie from Cramer Junior High School, to physical education, Wilson High; Wilton D. Greenway, from Cramer Junior High School to mathematics, Camden High; Elizabeth Dickinson, from Bonsall; to English, Cramer Junior High; Mrs. Mildred C. Simmons, from English to mathematics, Cramer Junior High; Miss Celia Boudov, from Hatch Junior High to departmental geography, science, and penmanship, Liberty School; Mrs. Elizabeth R. Myers assigned to English, Hatch Junior High;

Thelma L. Little transferred from, Grade 5 to Cooperative Departmental; Dudley school.

The following elementary school transfers, also effective today, are:

Beatrice W. Beideman from Starr to Sharp school; Mrs. Esther S. Finberg from Cramer to Broadway school; Dorothy M. Lippincott from Parkside to Dudley school; Mrs. Alva T. Corson from Washington to Broadway school, and Mary G. Cathell from Washington to Dudley school.

Teachers whose retirement was approved are Carolina W. Taylor, Grade 2, Broadway school, and William M. Thayer, mathematics [Camden] senior high school. Both teachers had resigned and applied for their pensions, the report read.

Appointments Made

Nathan Enten was appointed as physical education teacher in the Cramer school and Harry S. Manashil was appointed commercial teacher in Hatch school. Each will receive $1400, annually. The board also approved the appointment of Florence M. Dickinson as principal of Lincoln school at a salary of $2200 annually.

The assignment of Miss Grace Hankins as principal of Parkside school to succeed Miss Dickinson also was approved. Ethel Thegen was approved for appointment as assistant librarian at the Camden senior high school at a salary of $5.50 a day. All appointments are effective today.

To relieve overcrowded conditions among pupils the board approved the transfer of 7A and 7B classes from the Washington to the Cramer school.

The board vote to open a library in the Cramer school and Raymond G. Price, supervisor of building was instructed to provide, the necessary equipment.

A resolution of condolence upon the death of Ethel C. Wenderoth, for 19 years a teacher in the Broadway School was passed and secretary Albert Austermuhl was instructed to send a copy to members of the deceased teacher's family.

2 New Faces on Board

The board received and filed a letter from Mayor George E. Brunner in which he stated he had appointed Mrs. George W. Tash, Samuel T. French Jr. as new members and had re-appointed Robert Burk Johnson as a board member.

William B. Sullender, of the Tenth Ward, who was not re-appointed, was commended by the members for his services. E. George Aaron said he regretted the fact that Sullender was leaving as a member and wished him success. Others joined in this tribute.

Sullender in reply thanked the members for their co-operation during his term of office.

Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938


41st Anniversary Will Be Observed by Broadcast in Afternoon
4th Annual Child Welfare Institute Being Planned for April

The desire to carry on toward the goal envisioned by founders of the Parent-Teacher Association will be emphasized throughout the country in honor of the 41st anniversary of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.

A Founders Day broadcast will be heard on the Parent-Teacher Radio Forum next Wednesday from 4.30-5 p. m. over the NBC blue network. 

Mrs. Percy Powell, Mrs. Fred M. Raymond and Miss Mary England are in charge of the program.

One of the vital topics to be considered that day is "What needs to be 
done for children today?"

The celebration of Founders Day started by Mrs. David O. Mears in 1910, thirteen years after the organization of the National Congress of Mothers, and the "birthday gifts" from local units are used for the extension of this service to childhood so that it may be carried to every girl and every boy in the country. 


Mrs. Herbert Schoellkopf, county Americanization chairman, urges every parent-teacher member to display the American flag on three important birthdays being celebrated this month, namely: Lincoln's  Birthday, February 12; Founder's Day, February 17, and Washington's Birthday, February 22.

Word has been received of the cancellation of the "Homemakers Forum" on station WOR. The series of talks on the adolescent which were to have been given on this program, are available in mimeographed form from the office of the home demonstration agent, Miss Mary M. Leaming, room 208, courthouse, Camden. In requesting this information, the name of the particular talk desired and the definite number of copies needed should be specked.

Parent-Teacher members are looking forward to the fourth annual Child Welfare Institute to be held in April. Plans for this institute are being formulated by Albert M. Bean, superintendent of Camden county schools, who is general chairman. The theme this year will be "Guidance" being divided in four classes pertaining to career, character, community and health.

Guest Speaker

MRS. MORRIS FOULK Director of the southern P. T. A. district and second
vice president of the New Jersey Parents and Teachers Congress, who was guest
speaker at the Garfield School, Camden, P. T. A. meeting: last night.


Broadway — Mrs. Ralph Jones, county magazine chairman, was the guest speaker at the meeting Tuesday night. A playlet in commemoration of Founder's Day was presented by a group from the Northeast-Sewell association. Mrs. Thomas Melchore presided. Mrs. George Lee, welfare chairman, has made arrangements for an industrial tour on February 21. Mrs. Walter Gross attended the meeting of the Home Demonstration Extension on Monday. Mrs. C. Fred Becker, parent discussion group  leader, is holding a meeting in the school on Tuesday at 1.30 p. m. A donation of $1.25 was approved to be given the recreation committee toward the New York trip of the winners in the sewing contest held recently.

CassadyMrs. M. Moullette, Summer round up chairman, has appointed a committee to assist her in her work. They are Mrs. E. Hudson, president; Mrs. R. Bowen, vice president; Mrs. H. Mount,  secretary; Mrs. A. Reinhold and G. McGrath Kershaw. The executive committee will hold a meeting next Wednesday at the home of Mrs. K. Hudson at 8 o'clock.

Cooper—Health night was held at the regular meeting Monday. Mrs. G. Kramer, county health chairman, spoke on the importance of correct food for children. A play was presented by the Seventh grade English class, under the direction of Miss E. Hanna. A violin solo was rendered by Miss A. Claypool, accompanied at the piano by Miss V. Merwall. An educational trip has been planned for this afternoon at 1.30.

Cramer — The county president's message echoes from the release were read by Mrs. William Rowntree, president, at the meeting last week. A gift of $1.25 was sent to the committee on the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Arthur Fichter, membership chairman; Mrs. Fred Creag-er, welfare  chairman, and Mrs. William Rowntree, president, attended the city group meeting last week. The executive committee will meet at the home of Barney Brown, vice president, 2566 Baird boulevard, on Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. The association is sponsoring a three-act comedy, "Here Comes Charlie," to be given by the Queen Esther Society of Asbury M. E. church, on Thursday night, February 17, at 8 o'clock in the school auditorium.

H. H. Davis—Members of the discussion group met in the school yesterday under the leadership of Mrs. William Allen, discussion group chairman, followed by rehearsal for the Founder's Day play arranged by Miss Kathleen Willetts, Founder's Day chairman. A candle lighting ceremony will also be given in observance of Founder's Day, at the meeting Thursday. Calvin Chambers will compile the publicity record book to be displayed at the annual luncheon. A trip to an industrial plant is planned for next Wednesday afternoon. A bus will leave the school at 1 p. m.

Dudley—Mrs. Elizabeth James and Mrs. Sarah Miller who were in charge of purchasing of basketball suits for the school team, reported that donations of $10.65 have been received from business people and friends. The executive committee has approved sending $1.25 to the Recreation Commission toward the New York trip for winners of the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Clara Batten, chairman of the committee in charge of purchasing a new banner, has been authorized to purchase  same as soon as possible. Mrs. Florence Fiedler, newly appointed summer round-up chairman, is making plans for a thorough survey of the school neighborhood in order to enlist the aid of the parents of preschool children. Founders' Day exercises will be held tonight at the meeting.

McKinley—Harry Roye will speak at the meeting next Tuesday night. There will also be a Founders' Day ceremony. Those taking part will rehearse Friday at 3.30 a. m. at the school. Mrs. Rudolph Koerner will hold a study group meeting at her home next Wednesday at 2.00 p. m. Next Thursday a covered dish luncheon will be held by Mrs. R. Koerner and Mrs. Morris Sellers at the home of Mrs. R. Koerner, Fremont and Thirty-fifth street. On Thursday a meeting on character education will be  held at the school at 3.30 p. m. Miss Alice Butler, general secretary of the Y. W. C. A., fill speak.

Liberty & Starr—The meeting of the executive committee will be held ext Thursday night at the home of Mrs. Charles Baden, 954 Pine street. Mrs. Emily S. Hurd, publicity chairman, who served as chairman of the judging committee of the sewing contest sponsored by the Recreation commission, recently acted as judge of the sewing contest held by the T. A. at SS. Peter and Paul school on Tuesday night.

Parkside—Mrs. Robert Simmington, council chairman, and Mrs. Rocco Palese, city chairman, gave brief talks at the meeting last Thursday night. Corsages were presented to them by Mrs. Sinclair Sondie, program chairman. Proceeds from the sale of a cake will be sent as a Founders' Day gift to he National Congress to be used or extension work.

North-East & Sewell — Mrs. Grace Dill, discussion group leader, attended the meeting in City Hall Monday under the direction of Miss Mary Leaming, home demonstration agent. A meeting of the discussion group was held in the Sewell school on Tuesday afternoon.

Sumner—The ways and means committee met at the home of Mrs. Grace Thomas, president, on Monday. Plans for various entertainments for the months of February, March and April were made. A membership campaign was launched. The topic of discussion at the meeting on Wednesday was "How the School Prepares for Home and Family Life."

H. C. Sharp—The regular meeting was held Friday. Gordon Carrigan presided. The Rev. Eric A. Osterle of Collingswood. discussed "Youth Problems." "Founders' Day" was observed, also the ninth birthday of this unit. A large birthday cake was lighted by the past presidents, and a large candle lighted by Miss Ethel Lee for Founders Day. Miss Lee was congratulated for her wonderful co-operation with all presidents and P.T.A. work; and was presented with a corsage of red roses. Each president in turn was presented with a red rose bud boutonniere by Miss Esther Bauer, who had charge of the program, assisted by Miss Maier and Mrs. Barton. Each president gave a "Reminiscent" of his service. They were as follows: Chester Knaub, Harry Krattenmaker, Herman Neissner, Gordon Carriean, Howard Stewart, Raymond Price.

Washington — Rev. E1wood A. Harrar spoke Tuesday at the Founders Day meeting Tuesday. Mrs. Howard Weeden, city juvenile probation chairman, was guest speaker. Miss Charlotte V. Dover, former principal of the school, was also a guest. A brief history of the association were called upon to speak. John White was the first president. He was followed by Jacob Grosmick, Mrs. Wilbur Cassedy, and the present president, Mrs. Richard Baker. Mrs. F. Kau ff man reports the cake sale a success. Mrs. William Mitchell reported plans to form a First Aid class that will be given a course by the Red Cross.

H. B. Wilson—Plans were made for the Founders Day program at the executive committee meeting Thursday afternoon in the school. Mrs. Lawrence Miller was named chairman. Miss Harriet Reiners will speak on character education at the next meeting. The basketball team was furnished with suits by the unit.

Yorkship—After a short business session with Mrs. James L. Ferris presiding, the monthly meeting was turned over to Mrs. J. P. McMillion, county chairman of alcohol and narcotics. Rev. H. S. Lepperd, of Fairview M. E. Church, spoke. Mrs David Pyper, chairman of ways and means, announced plans for a care party to be held on February 18. Proceeds will be used for expenses to carry on the monthly dances and Annual Field Day. The discussion group met today in teachers lunch  room. Mrs. Malcolm Steck, leader, will use as a topic "What Interests Adolescence." As a special feature for the monthly dances the organization has arranged to have a half hour of dancing instructions before the regular dancing begins. Attending the city group meeting at City Hall were Mrs. James L. Ferris, president; Mrs David Pyper, Mrs. M. Johnson, Mrs. Eleanor Wynn, Mrs. W. Clemmens Mrs. George Mehaffey and Mrs. Harold Turner attended.

Lincoln—Dr. Helen Schrak gave a talk on health and a report on health conditions of the children of this school at the last meeting. A Founders Day sketch was presented by Mrs. M. Beaumont, Mrs. G. Welmrich, Mrs. E. Schelpat and Mrs. K Conlin.

Class of June, 1938

Parkside School Class of 38 Photo. My mother, Lillian Switzent Korman age 14, first person in the front row on the right.

Adrienne Korman
October 2012

(morning class)

TEACHER - MRS. WHEELER, who went home to Wheeling, West Virginia after this class as she and her husband were expecting their first child.

List of Children:

Brian Bremen
Margaret Siedlicki
Richard Berry
Tommy Reeves
Arlene Davis
Howard Moore
Paul Albright
Mary Burgess
Donald Plum
Jerome Draper
Charlene Nathan
Harry Wierzba
Michael Mignogna
Monroe Bishop
Joanne Domin
Renee Sussman
Karen Kelly
Walter Johnson
Ron Roorvitch
Ava Maria Hall
Raymond Vivianni
Donna Davidson
Clarence Moss
Linda Watts
Loretta Petrillo
Gary Forrest
Jo Gladski
Larry Iaquinto
Donna Gould
John McBreaty
Charline Hill

I don't know why my Mom came to school that day and took photos of our class but I have always been grateful that she did. I know it was not picture day because in my Kindergarten photo I had a different dress on. I had the list of names on a piece of paper which I believe we received for sending Valentine 
cards but that's just my assumption. I tried to photocopy the list but it was too faded to appear well on the scan. It sure would be neat to find any of these students today. I only really know the boy in the front on the left is Gary Forrest and I am in the plaid dress behind him. The girl on my right as you view the photo was my best friend and I think her name was Renee Sussman but I never saw her again after Kindergarten as I went to Catholic school the next year. I could be wrong about her name after all it has been 52 years ago now lol..... I have never tried to find any of these students but I always thought about them and wished we could know more. I do know that Gary Forrest's family moved to California a short time after this class. I have a photo Christmas card from his family with all their names on it. I think his Dad was in the Navy or Coast Guard and that was why they had to move. 

Loretta Petrillo
June 2009

Parkside Elementary School is one of three Camden schools to partner with the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center to present theatre, music, dance, and visual arts programs for its students. The other two Camden schools are the Charles Sumner School  and the Morgan Village Middle School.

Official Parkside School Website

A Few Parkside School Memories Off The Internet

Posted by: Flora

Neighborhood: Parkside

17 Jun, 2003

Parkside School 1950-1956--walking home for lunch; one-sessions if raining; yum yums; Manion's Candy Store; Belleview Ave.;Jesse, Jack & Jill Ice Cream man (replaced by Good Humor); step ball, hide and seek...(each season==different outdoor sidewalk & street games); Haddon Ave.-Harry's toy store (baseball cards, dolls, Duncan yo-yo's, pinky and pimple balls); Parkside Movie-Sat. matinee @ $.25; Singer's; corner drug store (? Schwartz)-cherry coke at counter...

Posted by: George T. Manos

Neighborhood: Parkside

20 Sep, 2001

Parkside Elementary, and all the kids from Parkside (and many from East Camden) who hung out; (Cooper B.) Hatch Jr. High, Camden High, Belleview Avenue, Farnham Park, The Cooper River, 26 Market Street, The Lintonia Restaurant, Lit Brothers, and more . . . What a great idea this site is!

Posted by: Lois McCall (Teer) Seeligsohn

Neighborhood: Parkside

23 Feb, 2003

...When I attended Parkside School, kids learned to conjugate verbs, and create outlines for compositions. Students learned phonics and memorized times tables and rules of grammar. Miss Schwartz' class put on a show and the girls dressed in white, and danced to Tales from the Vienna Woods. Miss Phoebe Osborne taught 4th grade. (I never heard of anyone named Phoebe. I thought it was a very glamorous name for a woman who wore granny glasses and her hair in a tight bun at the nape of her neck. Miss Nichols taught 5th graders Greek mythology and ancient history and children read the classics for pleasure. Every kid spoke proper English -- or ELSE -- even children whose parents spoke foreign languages at home. A child would nearly faint at the threat of visiting the principal's office. Intolerable infractions then were chewing gum, passing a note in class and talking in the halls. An fist fight between two boys would be the topic of lectures at Parkside dinner tables for a week.

Posted by: Ann Foster

Neighborhood: Parkside

4 Apr, 2003

In 1961, my family moved to Baird Boulevard, where I attended Parkside Elementary School. I remember Ruth Baker, Anthony Villeco, Teddy Primas, and the infamous Tim Watts who lived across the street from me. 

I remember Mr. Carbone. I regret remembering Mr. Frost. He and Mrs. Hazlewood in fourth grade, exacerbated my fear of Math, until later years, when I discovered I was quite mathematical. 

Posted by:  Loretta Petrillo 

Neighborhood: Parkside

27 June, 2009

I remember talking too much in Kindergarten and I was sent to THE CLOAK ROOM to stand in the corner! That only happened once as my mother just happened to come to the school that morning to pick me up because she brought my boots to school so I wouldn't walk home in all the rain puddles that day. I even remember that I was showing one of my friends what I had in my pocketbook-it was a make-up compact in the shape of a heart with the Statue of Liberty on it that my mother got in NYC on her honeymoon. I still have it that's why I remember this issue lol.......I just turned five but I remember some bits here and there from those days. Do they still have CLOAK rooms???? Do students even know what a CLOAK was???? 

Side Entrance
at Parkside School
Click on Image to Enlarge

Photo courtesy of the Coskey sisters, Pat & Jean

Here are some of my memories from Parkside

Haddon & Kaighn: The Rexall drugs where there was a mini post office and Belle's drug store where one could get a great breakfast or other meal at the luncheonette inside. Donkey's Steaks, London Men's Shop clothier store. Parkside Billiards where you could shoot pool or play table tennis ("Ping-Pong"). 

Parkside School: arts and crafts during the summer, playing "hide the belt" and "stick ball" or "half ball". 

Jesse, the ice cream vendor who bicycled his ice cream treats, and the hot waffle wagon pulled by a horse which you could hear from over a block away as they signaled their coming by banging on a frying pan in this rhythm: bang, bang...bang-bang! (2 regular beats, then 2 quick ones).

Marvin Plevinsky
June 22, 2008

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