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!
Each month there are many events that benefit schools and students, citywide. Here we highlight a few select ones. Mark your calendar!
It says something about the thrill and enthusiasm of the Aspen Challenge, a real-life problem-solving contest for high school students, that Questlove was not the one who delivered the most inspiring message of the day.
In the gallery at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, visitors can see more than 800 broken musical instruments gathered by teachers from classrooms and storage spaces across the School District of Philadelphia. This display is both a testament to the district’s long commitment to music education and a reflection of the sorry state of current funding for music programs.
As a small corps of musicians arrived on a recent morning, Jeremy Thal gathered them into a loose huddle and laid out the day’s mission.
'This is what broken sounds like': 800 Philly school instruments awaiting repair to be used for symphony.
“We know what one broken tuba sounds like,” he said. “Now, we’re kind of curious what four broken tubas sound like. So, everyone grab a horn that has a leak -- a sizable leak like this one, that’s missing a valve.”
This forum is for Principals, Assistant Principals, Home and School Associations, School Advisory Councils, “Friends of...”, school partners and other interested parties.
Learn about the intricacies and challenges of fundraising for and constructing school playgrounds, Q & A with community partners and SDP staff who successfully collab- orated on playgrounds, and get tips on school greenscapes*, including what can be done and how to begin.
Philadelphia School District gets major donation for influx of 80,000 books Drexel, Camden nonprofit awarded $6 million to benefit local students Philly boosting internet service; all city recreation centers will soon have Wi-Fi
Commonly known as the "Mayor's Box," the suite is a taxpayer-funded amenity that has enabled the city to provide top-level sports and concert tickets to guests including charitable organizations, firefighters and the family and friends of government employees. Such suites also exist at Citizen's Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.
The donation to the Right Books Campaign - an effort of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia - comes as the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee closes up shop. "We wanted to have a significant impact through the convention on the Philadelphia community," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, the committee's chair. "It's a bow on the entire convention process." The committee's donation will bring the campaign - which aims to put nearly 800,000 books in elementary schools in the Philadelphia School District - within $1 million of its goal.
Burger Brawl 2016 - held on June 26 this year - was a great success, thanks to its many supporters!
The students of Hill Freedman World Academy rang in the new school year with Superintendent Dr. Hite, Mayor Kenney and others at a bell-ringing ceremony on Wednesday, the first day of the 2016-2017 school year. Watch the School District's video here and read the Philly.com article here.
Thank you, Mayor Kenney, and all those who supported the Fund and public education through our inaugural MVP celebration!
With the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, your business can make a substantial impact in the education of Philadelphia’s public school students at a nominal out-of-pocket cost, while benefiting from a tax credit of up to 90% of your contribution. And because the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia has been approved as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the Department of Community and Economic Development and is qualified to receive EITC contributions, you can be assured that your contribution will support effective programs with meaningful results.
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.
The Fund plays a critical role in ensuring privately funded initiatives are managed with the accountability and oversight required to maximize impact on student achievement.
Currently, the Fund has a stewardship of $3.4 million through the generosity of a variety of philanthropic organizations.
See what the Fund has been up to in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year!
Download the Fund's back-to-school newsletter here, and read about the good things happening at the School District of Philadelphia as our students prepare for the new school year (hint: with new school supplies from Amazon.com and new libraries via the Right Books campaign!).