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

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Give A Tip: Field House Bar & Restaurant

Beginning this month, Philadelphia restaurants will offer patrons the opportunity to leave an additional tip in support of Philly Public Schools. First up, on Feb. 16th is the Field House Bar & Restaurant near the Reading Terminal.

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New fundraising effort asks diners to tip servers, school district

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The nonprofit that raises money for the Philadelphia school district will soon be asking restaurant patrons to chip in for schools.

Tip your server, and while you're at it, would you like to leave a little for the School District?  

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Philly school progress report shows improvement, but more work lies ahead | Opinion

In 2013, the School District of Philadelphia introduced the School Progress Report to provide a tool for evidence-based decisions about teaching and learning at the school level. The SPR allows Philadelphians to look at the performance of our public schools, district and charter, across multiple dimensions. More importantly, principals are able to make decisions about teaching and learning based on the report’s data.

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District Schools Mark Three Consecutive Years of Improvement Citywide on School Progress Report

The School District of Philadelphia celebrated three consecutive years of improvement among both District-led and charter schools. Results released today from the 2017-2018 School Progress Report (SPR) show that the average Overall SPR score for citywide schools increased nine points from 33 percent in 2014-2015 to 42 percent in 2017-2018.

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Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and Fund Philly Schools

You may not know this, but Saturday is Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. 

To celebrate the very real and very important holiday, two Fishtown businesses have teamed up. Weckerly's Ice Cream and Cake Life Bake Shop came up with a breakfast-inspired sundae that will make your mouth water.

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Have a tax abatement? Donate it to Philly’s public schools, nonprofit urges.

After Alison Stohr bought her Point Breeze home in 2015, she got a 10-year property tax abatement from the city, which saves her nearly $3,000 in annual taxes.

But instead of keeping the savings, Stohr is donating it to Philadelphia’s public schools.

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Live Nation donates $0.25 of every ticket sold at The Met to Philly Public Schools

Live Nation and developer Eric Blumenfeld announced Bob Dylan and his Band as the first act to play the renovated Met Philadelphia.

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Philly musicians form super group to pay tribute to 'The Band’ and proceeds fund Philly Schools

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, the original line-up of The Band took its final bow at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, inviting an all-star roster of special guests for what would become one of the most revered concert films of all time. Thirty-seven years later, the Philadelphia music community came together to re-create The Last Waltz at the Trocadero, raising money for music education programs in the city while celebrating the iconic roots-rock band’s timeless songs.

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My name is Brandon Pankey and I am Vice President of Business Development and Operations for Live Nation Urban and Executive Director for Destined to Achieve Successful Heights (DASH). Most importantly, I am a PROUD product of the School District of Philadelphia. When I was asked to write a blog post on behalf of The Fund, it was a no brainer to discuss just how important investing in music education is for our beloved district. 

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by social media & collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November 27, 2018), #GivingTuesday kicks of the charitable giving season. Join The Fund in 'Giving Thanks' for Philly children, by supporting music education in our Philly Public Schools. The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia hopes to raise $10,000 for music education in 10 Philly public schools via the hashtag #PhillyInHarmony.

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We want you to be informed and empowered collaborators with us and The District — working together to build and sustain initiatives that help Philadelphia public schools thrive and students succeed.

Good to Great Mini Grant

 Are you up to the challenge of moving from good to great? 

The Fund seeks projects that can propel school wide gains and take the good progress achieved thus far to the next level. Proposals should range in focus, from furthering instructional practices to addressing root causes of and barriers to early literacy. We encourage outside-the-box thinking; submissions should apply school data, leverage lessons learned, and include collaboration with diverse stakeholders. Submit your ideas to The Fund.  



 If you are ready to do more than contribute to a school through Philly FUNDamentals, adopting a school with us is easy.

It requires a commitment of $30,000 over a three year period and can also include volunteering, sponsorship, and/or in-kind support.


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