October 18, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund had surpassed its initial goal, amassing nearly $531,000 in donations to provide funds to District-managed, Charter, Archdiocesan and Independent K-12 schools in order to purchase supplemental classroom supplies.
“Our Administration is committed to supporting a high-quality, positive learning experience to every Philadelphia child. The Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund was one small way that citizens and businesses could take an active role in helping our young people,” said Mayor Nutter. “I am excited that we will be able to provide teachers and students with additional classroom supplies but there is still more we can do. I want to encourage people to continue to support the Fund and help us meet the overall goal of $2.5 million over the next five years.”
The Fund is administered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
“All children deserve access to a quality education from cradle to career, and these generous donations will go a long way to ensuring our teachers have the materials they need to bring their lesson plans to life all year long,” said Jill Michal, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “There is a role for each of us to play in the quality of education our children receive, and together, we are ensuring a better classroom experience for students of all ages.”
The City is notifying schools with the application procedure. Applications to the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund are available as of today. The current application period ends Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
The five-year goal of the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund is $2.5 million. The online donation portal remains open for donations at www.UnitedForImpact.org/teachersupplies.