Philadelphia, May 2, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter presented 52 Philadelphia students with three tickets each as part of the Mayor’s Very Impressive Performers (VIPs) Program, which provides sporting and entertainment event tickets to students to inspire their success in school.
For this quarter, the Mayor’s VIPs program awarded tickets to 7th and 8th grade students from District, charter, private and Archdiocese schools who have excelled in the study of science in and out of the classroom. Across the City, 43 schools participated in the VIPs program for this quarter.
“Nationwide, only 19% of Bachelor’s degrees are completed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields while STEM jobs are growing at an unparalleled rate. Cultivating student interest in science will lead to a better educated, better prepared workforce of tomorrow,” said Mayor Nutter. “Today’s ‘Making a Splash in Science’ event is about recognizing the hard work of our schools’ science scholars and encouraging them to keep exploring science. I want to thank the Franklin Institute and Camden Aquarium for supporting the VIPs.”
Students will receive one ticket to the Franklin Institute and two tickets to the Camden Aquarium, totaling three tickets for each student. The tickets were donated by the Camden Aquarium and Franklin Institute.
For the 2013-2014 school year, 1,016 tickets have been distributed. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 9,604 tickets have been distributed to students.