“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The more than 200 schools of the School District of Philadelphia offer a wide range of employment opportunities for leaders who are deeply committed to equity and are excited to join the effort to make all of Philadelphia's public schools great. Watch the full teacher recruitment video here and join the cause!
For at least 50 years, the half-acre play space at Chester A. Arthur School in South Philadelphia has been a paved asphalt lot, with little more than a playground and a basketball court for children to utilize.