July 11, 2016
About the Friends of Bache-Martin
BACHE-MARTIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Bache-Martin Elementary School has a long history of serving students both in the Fairmount/Francisville/Spring Garden communities as well as the city as a whole. The Alexander Dallas Bache School was constructed in 1905. Bache was a professor of natural philosophy and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, the first president of the National Academy of Sciences, the first principal and founder of the nation’s second public high school (Central High School in Philadelphia), and great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. The Willis and Elizabeth Martin Orthopedic School was constructed in 1936 with WPA funding. The Martin school was the first one in Philadelphia designed specifically for teaching physically handicapped students, and was named after the handicapped Philadelphia jurist and health care reformer and his philanthropist wife. In 1943, the school became a center for deaf, severely hard of hearing and partially signed classes. Both schools are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, Bache-Martin is a K-8 neighborhood elementary school serving approximately 450 students. The school is slightly less diverse than the School District of Philadelphia’s (SDP) overall student demographics, with a higher percentage of African-American students. Of note is that the percentage of students with disabilities is twice that of the SDP average. Founded as a school serving students with disabilities, Bache-Martin continues that tradition today and houses several self-contained special education classrooms for students requiring autistic or life skills supports.
Over the last 15 years, as the SDP has found itself in increasing financial turmoil and as a result, fewer resources available at the school level, Bache-Martin has worked diligently to supplement the educational environment at the school through the establishment of partnerships with local and city-wide organizations. Currently, Bache-Martin has in place a number of in-school and afterschool programs to provide value-added educational opportunities for its students, the most long-standing of which is the Philadelphia Reads program that has been a partner of the school since 1998.
Working hand-in-hand with the school are the parents of students, and the school enjoys a very active Home and School Association (HSA). Over the last four years, the Bache-Martin HSA has raised in excess of $100,000 to pay for the Playworks program for the school’s students. More recently, over 100 community and school members collaborated to raise $10,000 to fund a new K-4 science curriculum at the school. Classroom teachers have also individually successfully crowdfunded for books, materials, technology, and field trips over the years. In the 2015-2016 school year alone, teachers have raised over $5,500 for the benefit of their students.
Our Core Challenges
new standards have raised the bar for instruction and our teachers and students need support in order to realize their full potential,
students need more regular exposure to content that helps them build knowledge about the world and support in using that knowledge to think critically,
technology limitations make individualized learning challenging and the development of 21st century skills near-impossible.
we have come a long way thanks to the efforts of the School’s committed staff, families and community partners, yet we still have a long way to go.
Our Theory of Action
provide teachers with standards-aligned curriculum,
support teachers to deliver curriculum to students effectively,
work to retain teachers who are able to make the needed instructional shifts,
over time, we will transform outcomes for our students and become the school that they deserve.
Our Fundraising Priorities
Reading is not only is a fundamental skill that underscores every activity we do in our daily lives – from checking out the latest headlines to knowing how to make our favorite recipe – it is also an essential skill for a lifetime of learning and achievement.
From the first steps of sounding out a new word, to moving on to early readers, to chapter books, and eventually to more complex texts of fiction and non-fiction, reading broadens our horizons, stimulates our imagination, and opens up a world of unlimited possibilities.
Five years ago, the Bache-Martin school library was shuttered due to district-wide budget cuts, eliminating a tremendous resource to our 450+ K-8th grade students. Since then, the school has been providing students as much of a library experience as they could on a piecemeal basis. Through this campaign – “Today’s Readers, Tomorrow’s Leaders!” – the school is seeking to provide students with a more holistic set of tools needed to become great readers today, and the roots needed to be the leaders of tomorrow. This goal will be achieved by giving students access to a diverse range of age-appropriate reading and literacy materials at school, at home, and everywhere they go by:
• Refurbishing the school’s library with supplies, technology, and updated age-appropriate reading materials that can be used by classrooms in the interim while a permanent librarian is sought;
• Enhancing existing in-classroom libraries with additional books geared towards student interests; and
• Providing access to online resources to augment the library experience.
All materials to be acquired are aligned with the School District of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania library guidelines.
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To send in your donation by mail:
Friends of Bache-Martin
PO Box 15032
Philadelphia, PA 19130
As a 501(c)(3), donations are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law.
In the News
Friends of Bache-Martin Acknowledges Community Contributions on Giving Tuesday
More than $60,000 raised within first fiscal year in support of North Philadelphia elementary school
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 28, 2017 – The Friends of Bache-Martin – a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation committed to enhancing the educational opportunities offered at Bache-Martin Elementary School – today recognized the contributions of its community and supporters in celebration of Giving Tuesday. In the organization’s first fiscal year, which ended in June; $62,790 was raised to support programming and educational needs at the school in the Fairmount neighborhood. Funds have allowed for the following improvements and enhancements:
- Musical Instruments – More than $8,000 raised in just over 24 hours to help replace, repair and replenish the school’s band and string instruments.
- Teacher Coaching – $26,000 raised to fund a part-time professional development coach for teachers.
- Chromebooks and supplies – $10,000 raised to help the school achieve its goal of having at least five Chromebooks in each classroom. Funds allowed for the purchase of 20 Chromebooks, 3 laptop carts, 80 headphones and peripherals.
- SPARK program – The organization received a grant from the Alston-Beech Foundation to help fund a mentoring program for 7th graders.
- After-school programming – Post Brothers generously donated funds to support a basketball program led by Give and Go Athletics. Forty students in 3rd through 8th grades participated in the program.
“Each year, Giving Tuesday offers organizations an opportunity to run special initiatives and campaigns to meet fundraising objectives,” said Jerilyn Dressler, Board President of the Friends of Bache-Martin. “This year in the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving, the Friends of Bache-Martin wanted to recognize and thank those who have given so generously in the past year. We are truly grateful for the support and contributions from the school and surrounding community.”
The Friends of Bache-Martin are now focusing fundraising efforts on re-opening the school’s library, which closed five years ago due to district-wide budget cuts. With a goal of raising $50,000 in the 2017-18 fiscal year, and more than $250,000 over the next five years; Friends of Bache-Martin are committed to increasing student access to books and improving educational outcomes. A September PledgeCents campaign kicked off the effort raising nearly $17,000. These funds have been allocated to the purchase of books and technology. The goal is to replenish and reopen the library in Spring 2018 with volunteer staff in the absence of a full-time librarian.
“From the first steps of sounding out a new word, to moving on to early readers, to chapter books, and eventually to more complex texts of fiction and non-fiction; reading broadens a child’s horizons, stimulates his or her imagination, and opens a world of unlimited possibilities,” said Mark Vitvitsky, Principal of Bache-Martin Elementary. “The efforts of Friends of Bache-Martin to bring this resource back to the 450+, K-8th grade students at our school is truly appreciated.”
To contribute to the goal of re-opening the Bache-Martin library, visit http://www.
About Bache-Martin Elementary School
Bache-Martin Elementary School is a K-8 neighborhood elementary school serving more than 450 students. The school has a long history educating students from the Fairmount/ Francisville/Spring Garden communities as well as other neighborhoods in the city.
Founded as a school serving students with disabilities, Bache-Martin continues that tradition today and houses several self-contained special education classrooms for students requiring autistic or life skills supports, and new hearing support classrooms in 2016-17.
During the last 15 years, the School District of Philadelphia has found itself in increasing financial turmoil and as a result, fewer resources are available at the school level. Bache-Martin has worked diligently to supplement the educational environment at the school through the establishment of partnerships with local and city-wide organizations. Currently, Bache-Martin has in place several in-school and afterschool programs to provide value-added educational opportunities for its students, the most long-standing of which is the Philadelphia Reads program that has been a partner of the school since 1998.