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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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2018 LOFK LIGHTHOUSE AWARD RECIPIENT: DONNA FRISBY-GREENWOOD

Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, has been chosen as this year’s Lighthouse Award recipient for the 12th annual “Looking Out for Kids” (LOFK) charity fundraiser. Salus University’s LOFK initiative helps raise money to offset the costs of The Eye Institute’s (TEI) school vision programs.

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2018 LOFK LIGHTHOUSE AWARD RECIPIENT: DONNA FRISBY-GREENWOOD

Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, has been chosen as this year’s Lighthouse Award recipient for the 12th annual “Looking Out for Kids” (LOFK) charity fundraiser. Salus University’s LOFK initiative helps raise money to offset the costs of The Eye Institute’s (TEI) school vision programs.

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Having exceeded its goal, Philly FUNDamentals enters its second year of raising money for schools

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia is preparing for another year of fundraising with its Philly FUNDamentals website. 

The Fund connects the private sector and individual donors with the School District. Individuals can contribute to a school’s specific goal to help with a particular need

Last year, the Fund raised more than four times its $100,000 goal, bringing in $413,000 since launching in November 2017. This year, the fund is seeking to raise $200,000. 

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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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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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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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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.

We're Hiring: Grants Manager

Title:​​​Grants Manager

Organization:​​The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia

Reports To:​​ President and Chief Executive Officer 

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Action Plan 3.0 Status Report

The School District's Action Plan 3.0 sets expectations for the basic educational rights of every child.

Despite facing challenges, the SDP has made progress in a number of areas. See how results stack up against Anchor Goals 1, 2, 3 & 4 so far. Read the full status report here.

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