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.friendsofbachemartin.org/#support to make a tax-deductible donation. Contributions can also be mailed to Friends of Bache-Martin, PO Box 15032, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Please include your return address and a tax receipt will be provided.
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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.