Helen Gym. Credit: File photo. Helen Gym. Credit: File photo.

An advocate for the city's schools will be honored next week in Washington D.C.

Helen Gym, a former teacher in the Philadelphia public school system and outspoken advocate for an increase in the quality of the city's education system, will be honored at the White House on March 31.


Gym, who founded Parents United for Public Education, was one of 10 community leaders chosen as a Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change. The honor is named after late civil rights activist.

The honor is awarded to those who show steadfast determination to organize for "a more just tomorrow," according to a press release.

It was Gym's work with immigrants and Asian Americans in the city that led to her recognition.

The 10 will be honored and participate in a discussion at 10 a.m. The discussion will be live-streamsed from the White House website.


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