The University of Philadelphia is a world-renowned institution of higher learning. However, when the university, which covers an area of nearly 100 acres, was first built, it only paid 57 cents for the purchase of land.
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the University of Philadelphia is a world-renowned institution of higher learning. However, when the comprehensive university, which covers an area of nearly 100 acres, was first built, it only paid 57 cents for the purchase of land.
Today, when people visit the University of Philadelphia, the first target they choose is the exhibition hall of the main building, where hangs a portrait of a ragged, skinny-faced little girl who doesn't know her name, age, or place of birth. unexpectedly, it is recognized as the founder of this famous university.
the story takes place in 1803 when the United States was just freed from colonial rule and people lived miserable life. A frail mother came to Philadelphia with her daughter by the hand, but they could not find any work to make a living and were forced to pass the hard times by begging.
one afternoon in early summer, mother and daughter came to the gate of a school on the outskirts of the city and crouched at the base of the wall to bask in the sun. The sound of reading and playing the piano from the wall deeply attracted the little girl beside her mother. She asked her mother what kind of sound it was and why it was so beautiful. The mother smiled sadly and then told her daughter that it was an aristocratic school for children from wealthy families to read and play the piano.
from then on, as soon as she had the chance, the little girl ran outside the school fence to listen to the sweet sound coming from inside.
once there was a concert in the school auditorium. The little girl could not restrain her curiosity and begged the janitor to let her in, but the janitor refused.
just as the little girl was about to walk away with tears, a teacher happened to pass by. After he asked why he took the little girl into the campus as a guarantee in his name. The little girl asked the teacher questioningly, "since the children of both the rich and the poor like it here, why do they only accept the children of the rich and refuse the children of the poor to enter the school?"
the teacher, perhaps to protect the little girl's fragile self-esteem, smiled with a white lie and replied, "Oh because this school is so small that it can only accommodate children from rich families." If we wait until the school is expanded, we will certainly welcome children from poor families to study. "
after that, the little girl continued to begin the city with her mother while looking forward to a beautiful dream of reading. But in the second year, the mother, unfortunately, contracted the disease and died, leaving only the lonely little girl. on a snowy winter day, the little girl was found frozen to death outside the school fence, so the reception staff of the homeless management center was notified.
when the inmates came to dispose of the little girl's body, they accidentally pulled a 57-cent coin and a crooked note out of her pocket: "to expand this school and enable all the poor children to study in it, I have saved 57 cents in hunger."
after people read the note, they knew that the words were taught to her by the little girl's mother. To realize the long-cherished wish in her heart, the little girl begged for a whole year before saving 57 cents. But instead of keeping the money to herself, she wanted to donate it to the school to expand its buildings so that children from poor families in the city could be included.
after the sad story of the little girl and 57 cents was reported by the media, people were moved to tears and put it into action.
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A wealthy real estate businessman volunteered to sell nearly 100 mu of land to that school to expand the school building, and the price was only 57 cents; then there were lumber merchants, masonry dealers, and other merchants who gave their best to donate building materials, and then countless skilled craftsmen signed up to the school and were willing to volunteer to expand the school building. The immeasurably small aristocratic school gradually expanded into a large public higher education school covering an area of nearly 100 acres and changed its name to the University of Philadelphia.
the University of Philadelphia has been officially established for more than 200 years. Unlike other famous universities in the United States, the University of Philadelphia has always waived fees and provided financial subsidies to excellent students from poor families.
all this is because the little girl, who did not know her name at that time, scattered her innocent love into the pollen of her heart and spread it to more flowers of her heart, thus brewing the sweetest nectar in the world.