City launches fundraising effort for school supplies

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Mayor Michael Nutter issued a challenge to the community to raise funds for school supplies.
Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

Mayor Michael Nutter announced fundraising efforts to buy school supplies for city students.

Dubbed the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund, the multiyear fundraising campaign is a public and private partnership that will raise money to provide notebooks, paper, pencils and pens for public, parochial and charter K-12 students.

Nutter also issued a citywide challenge to the business and philanthropic communities as well as citizens to raise $500,000 by Oct. 15 and $2.5 million in the next five years. The city has pledged $200,000 this year and $1 million in the next five years.

The supplies fund will be administered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

These efforts are laid out as the school district and teachers union are in the midst of contract negotiations. Teachers have said recently they have had to shell out cash in the past to purchase school supplies.

Nutter announced that John and Janet Haas will match up to $30,000 in contributions for each of the next five years, and the Maguire Foundation will donate $20,000 per year for the next five years.

Contributions to the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund can be made online at www.UnitedForImpact.org/teachersupplies.


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