Parents and Community Join Together to Form Friends of Bache-Martin

Nonprofit aims to enhance educational opportunities and resources at North Philadelphia elementary school

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 11, 2016 – The administration, parents, and community supporters of Bache-Martin Elementary School, located in the Fairmount section of the city, are pleased to announce the formation of “Friends of Bache-Martin” – a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation committed to enhancing the educational opportunities offered at the school to create a community of lifelong learners. Friends of Bache-Martin will operate in cooperation with the school administration to offer financial assistance beyond what is provided by the School District of Philadelphia via grant writing and relationships with individuals and corporations.

“Our students and teachers are so grateful for the additional resources and support this group of dedicated community members, faculty, parents and guardians has already offered to Bache-Martin,” said Principal Mark Vitvitsky. “I’m excited about the potential the group offers to our school because we just don’t always have the resources we need to do as well as we can for our students. Friends of Bache-Martin will help us do just that!”

Prior to the group’s official formation, the founders of Friends of Bache-Martin successfully community-funded a new science curriculum at the school for Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms. Furthermore, Friends of Bache-Martin has already received a generous on-going pledge of support from local pediatrician Dr. Alexis Lieberman and her practice Fairmount Pediatrics. With the collective efforts of the newly formed group, the immediate focus for fundraising will be on professional development and a teacher coaching program, a structured recess play program and support of music education via the purchase of new instruments.

“We are fortunate to live in a community where we have the opportunity to send our children to a school that is one of the most socially and culturally enriching elementary schools in the city. Part of the reason Bache-Martin is so successful is that the parents and guardians of the children who attend the school are involved and truly committed to helping the school to realize its potential,” said Jerilyn Dressler, Board President of Friends of Bache-Martin, a local resident, accountant, and parent of an incoming kindergarten student. “By forming Friends of Bache-Martin, we’re giving that involvement greater focus and structure and we’re increasing the ways in which we can harness the expertise of the community to make a difference. We are creating a movement that builds on our past success and this is a great opportunity for the school, the students, and the entire community.”

“The formation of Friends for Bache-Martin is a natural extension of the hard work and dedication begun by the Home and School Association,” said Nina Liou, president of the Bache-Martin HSA. “Working hand-in-hand with the school administration and teachers; parents, guardians and the local community have proven the value of investing in their local elementary school. This group will only further contribute to the educational opportunities Bache-Martin can offer our children.”

Financial support of Friends of Bache-Martin can be made in the following ways:

Make a donation:

  • Donate on-line or send a check payable to “Friends of Bache-Martin” to P.O. Box 15032, Philadelphia, PA  19130

Support us while you shop:

  • Via Amazon Smile, select “Friends of Bache-Martin” as your charitable organization
  • Via, select “Friends of Bache-Martin” as your charitable organization

Visit  to learn more and to support Bache-Martin Elementary.  The group can also be found on Facebook  and Twitter.

About Friends of Bache-Martin

The mission of Friends of Bache-Martin is to provide financial and educational assistance to enhance the educational opportunities offered by the school. The Friends of Bache-Martin functions in cooperation with the Bache-Martin school administration to create a community of lifelong learners. Friends of Bache-Martin is comprised of members of the surrounding Philadelphia community, school faculty, parents and guardians of current and future students.  

About Bache-Martin Elementary School

Bache-Martin Elementary School is a K-8 neighborhood elementary school serving approximately 450 students with anticipated enrollment growth to more than 500 students in the 2016-2017 academic year. The school has a long history of serving students both in the Fairmount/Francisville/Spring Garden communities as well as the city as a whole.

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.

Over the last 15 years, as 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 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.

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