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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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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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Can one business improve schools with a single donation? It's happened before | Opinion

As the director of the nonprofit that raises funds to support Philadelphia’s public schools, it’s hard not to be in awe of the San Francisco company Ripple and its $29 million donation last week to the educational crowdsourcing site The result? More than 35,000 teacher requests were instantly fully funded.

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Philly school kids go on field trip thanks to Lane Johnson T-shirt sales

The Eagles' Super Bowl victory is the gift that keeps on giving to school kids in Philadelphia. The birds' post-season success has taken a charitable effort by offensive tackle Lane Johnson to a whole new level.

FOX 29's Bruce Gordon has the story.

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Who are Philly's top principals?

The Lindback Foundation’s 2018 Lindback Foundation Distinguished Principal Leadership Awards are scheduled to be given out to top Philadelphia School District principals Thursday at the Prince Theater in Center City. The prize comes with $20,000 for each educator’s school. Here are the winners, chosen by a committee of district staff and Lindback Foundation trustees from over 50 applicants across the city. 

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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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