Find out the latest on the impact of our funds and what's happening around The District – information about policies and initiatives, achievements of students and teachers, action you can take to support Philadelphia public schools citywide. We also have details on meetings and events that you won't want to miss!

Upcoming Events

Each month there are many events that benefit schools and students, citywide. Here we highlight a few select ones. Mark your calendar!

2018 Back 2 School Event

Calling all families and students! 

The School District of Philadelphia is excited to invite you to the Annual Back 2 School Event! 

When: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 8am-3pm
Where: School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
What: Enjoy food, games, live shows, backpack giveaways (while supplies last), and dozens of resource vendors to help gear up for the new school year!

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Latest News & Recent Events

Grammy Music Ed coalition grants $5 million to District

I’ve been walking these halls, tired of looking at those same old walls.

 – from “Living Strong,” a song written by students at Hill-Freedman World Academy

Through an innovative music curriculum, students at Hill-Freedman write and produce songs, including “Living Strong,” through their own record label. At the moment, the Mount Airy school is the only one in the Philadelphia School District that has a songwriting curriculum and the means of production. 

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Hughes, Haywood, Street And Johnson Celebrate Largest Summer Reading Program Ever

Senator Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery County), along with Senator Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery County), Senator Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-Philadelphia) and community partners, came together to celebrate the largest enrollment to date of their intensive summer reading program, Summer Reads: Read to Succeed.

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Remember this name: Tamir Harper, a kid from Southwest Philly, is going places

Remember the name Tamir Harper.

At 18, the Southwest Philadelphia kid has become a go-to speaker at education conferences both local and national. School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. considers Harper “remarkable,” and Michelle Obama recently introduced him on stage in front of thousands of cheering students. Harper has already co-founded a nonprofit dedicated to student advocacy and launched his own consulting business.

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Michelle Obama, Karlie Kloss, Bradley Cooper and Other Celebs Celebrate College Signing Day

Better make room for the class of 2022! Michelle Obama hosted a star-studded College Signing Day event in Philadelphia on Wednesday alongside celebrities such as Robert De Niro, Rebel Wilson, Bradley Cooper, Karlie Kloss, Ciara, Janelle Monae and Zendaya.

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Michelle Obama Tells Students She's Their 'Forever First Lady' in College Speech

Michelle Obama called herself the “forever First Lady” as she addressed thousands of high school students at 2018 College Signing Day in Philadelphia – an event to celebrate students who chose to go to college.

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8th Annual Philly Burger Brawl

All tickets include complimentary Burgers and Tacos from 60+ restaurants and free cocktail!! 60+ top chefs and restaurants battle it out for Burger Supremacy. 

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Philly kids show off hand-washing skills

On Thursday, pre-kindergarten students at the FitzPatrick School showed off their hand-washing skills with officials from the School District of Philadelphia. This was the final phase of a pilot hygiene education program run by Essity, a hygiene and health company

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The reason I chose Robert Morris School along with David Waxman of MM Partners was to give back to where it all began for me! Most times we see people donate big money to their former colleges and universities which is great, but we tend to forget where our education began.

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The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia Receives $25,000 from The Development Workshop

Today, Monday, April 16, the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia will receive a $25,000 check from The Development Workshop to support projects at five schools across the city. The presentation will be made at Richard R. Wright School, which is receiving a portion of the funds to purchase school uniforms.

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Cochran Firm Scholarship Awards Program Information

The Cochran Firm, Philadelphia believes access to affordable higher education is essential to promoting justice and equality.

In honor of our firm’s founding partner, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., The Cochran Firm, Philadelphia is pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship to help high school seniors further their education and make a positive impact in the community.


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