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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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Philly students respond, react to renowned think tank’s challenge

“These past eight weeks have changed my life and have shown me the importance of giving back to the community,” stated Mark Sharashidze. A junior at comedian Kevin Hart’s alma mater, Philadelphia’s George Washington High School, Sharashidze introspectively summed up the last two months of his life participating in the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia competition.

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160 Philadelphia students from 20 schools are taking on this year’s Aspen Challenge, devising real solutions to real world issues

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.

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Making Beautiful Music with Busted Instruments from Philly Public Schools

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. 

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'This is what broken sounds like': 800 Philly school instruments awaiting repair to be used for symphony

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.”

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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. 

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Philly will lease Mayor's Suite at Wells Fargo Center to fund education

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.

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Phila. schools getting $750K in book money from DNC host committee

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.

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Success! Burger Brawl 2016 Supporters


Burger Brawl 2016 - held on June 26 this year - was a great success, thanks to its many supporters!

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The Philadelphia School District starts the 2016-2017 year off right - watch the VIDEO!

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 article here

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Thank you to our 2016 Kenney MVP Inaugural Supporters!

In January 2016, we welcomed a new mayor and a new group of supporters!

Thank you, Mayor Kenney, and all those who supported the Fund and public education through our inaugural MVP celebration!

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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.

Guide to Fundraising & Grantwriting for Schools

The Office of Grant Development (OGD), a department within The School District of Philadelphia, is proud to offer a Guide to Fundraising and Grantwriting for Schools to help principals, teachers, parents and school communities.

The Guide is tailored to meet the unique priorities of Philadelphia Public Schools based on needs specified by school and community members. OGD proudly supports schools and administrative offices in securing available resources for enriching educational opportunities for students in line with the District’s current guiding document, Action Plan v3.0.  


2016 Year in Review: Our Report to the Community

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. 


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