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22 Dec 2017

Councilman presents checks to five Philadelphia Public Schools

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December 22, 2017 Category: Local Posted by:

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City Councilman Allan Domb (D- At Large) presented checks for $2,500 to five Philadelphia public schools on last Monday.

The five schools are: Kensington Health Sciences Academy (2463 Emerald St.); Mayfair Elementary School (3001 Princeton Ave.); Aloysius FitzPatrick Elementary (11061 Knights Rd.); Paul Robeson High School for Human Services (4125 Ludlow St.) and William H. Sayre High School (5800 Walnut St.).

Domb pledged before taking office in January 2016 that he would donate his entire salary to Philadelphia public schools and other worthwhile city nonprofits. In 2016, he donated money to 23 Philadelphia public schools throughout the city. In June, Domb gave six Philadelphia public schools donations of $2,500 each.

Earlier this year Domb also donated $18,000 to Coded by Kids — a nonprofit that teaches vital computer coding skills to young people in Philadelphia — to fund tech education programs at Bartram, Edison, Lincoln and Roxborough High Schools.

“Our schools don’t get the credit they deserve,” said Councilman Domb. “My staff and I have visited nearly 40 public schools in Philadelphia since we began this donation initiative and what we find constantly are young people who are engaged and teachers who are working very hard.”

“There’s no lack of interest from our students in learning, but there is a lack in funding, which is why I am happy to be able to help sponsor special projects at each school,” Domb said.

“During this season of giving, we are especially grateful for Councilman Domb’s donation to our school communities,” said Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite. “This generosity will help grant our students access to resources and experiences that will make them well-rounded and engaged learners. We are proud that the positive work being done in our schools is being recognized in such a meaningful way.”

Mayfair Principal Guy Lowery said the school will use its donation to buy new graphing calculators.

FitzPatrick Principal Karen White is putting the money toward musical instruments.

Kensington Health & Sciences intends to use its grant for a projector and an upcoming museum field trip, according to Principal Nimet Eren.

Sayre High Principal Jamie Eberle will put the donation toward Sayre’s outdoor “green” classroom study center.

Paul Robeson High School for Human Services will use the money for updated video surveillance system. Robeson was named the most improved school in Philadelphia earlier this year, and its principal, Richard Gordon, was just named Administrator of the Year by, a leading school news journal. Councilman Domb’s friend Max Paul matched his donation to Robeson and also gifted $2,500 to the school.

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