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In a recent letter to the editor printed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman stressed the urgent need to provide more immediate educational solutions for children trapped in failed public schools. She states: “We cannot be satisfied that only 10 percent of all Philadelphia public school students will graduate from college. What future will these children have?”
The good news, Ina wrote, is that businesses in the community can make a difference in the lives of Philadelphia children and positively impact their communities at little to no cost through PA’s Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program. Funding through this program is still available today. To learn more, please click here or contact Nicole Tell, VP of Development, at (215) 606-1874. To read the full article, please click here.
More than 150 new families joined CSFP staff and volunteers on April 6th for our annual new parent workshop, paperwork clinic and school fair. CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman addressed the crowd, highlighting that spring is a joyful time for the organization. “This is my favorite time of year,” Lipman stated, “because we get to meet so many families who are new to CSFP and welcome them to our program.”
The paperwork clinic paired families selected from CSFP’s random award lottery with trained volunteers and staff to complete the required scholarships forms. Later, families had the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 35 area K-8th grade schools during the school fair.
Applications for CSFP scholarships, which are distributed by random lottery to low-income Philadelphia families every March, closed on March 1st, 2013. For more information about CSFP, click here.
New award recipients may still attend one of the upcoming paperwork clinics in early April. Call 215-670-8411 for more information.
CSFP would like to thank West Catholic High School for hosting the event, as well as participating schools, Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), and our SEI volunteers, who helped make this event a success!
On Thursday, March 14th, friends, donors, and volunteers joined CSFP staff for our Annual Lottery Day Celebration at the offices of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP. As we began to make calls letting selected families know that their children won the scholarship lottery, we all shared the joy this wonderful news brought to so many families. A special thank you to Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP for hosting this inspiring event! CSFP is very appreciative of our partnership with this law firm.
Current CSFP parent Jenai J. spoke to the group about her child, who transferred to private school from public after receiving a CSFP scholarship: “My daughter had a rough time in her old school. Now she is learning ballroom dancing and Spanish; she’s on the track team; and she’s in the reading Olympics. Her school provides her with so many opportunities she didn’t have before.”
CSFP is thrilled to announce that 2,000 more children will receive the gift of quality, tuition-based education for the 2013-2014 school year as part of our Campaign for 10,000 Children! CSFP will award 2,000 new, four-year, partial scholarships to children in K-8th grade this June. Some of these families were those called at Lottery Day. All families winning this year’s CSFP scholarship lottery will receive information packets over the coming weeks.
You can share in the joy and excitement of Lottery Day by viewing our slideshow:
On March 2nd and 3rd, CSFP hosted its eighth annual family weekend at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. In partnership with the Academy, CSFP invited its scholarship recipients and their families to visit the fun and educational museum at a greatly discounted price. Over 900 participants visited the Academy and enjoyed the museum’s special events, including the Live Butterfly’s Exhibit, Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii and The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery.
Thank you to all the parents, students and SEI volunteers for joining us during this entertaining and educational weekend. We would like to especially thank the Academy of Natural Sciences for making this event possible!
Earlier this week, CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman discussed CSFP scholarships, school tuition, and the CSFP scholarship lottery with KYW News reporter Cherri Gregg. Ina described CSFP’s scholarship program, which currently provides 3,500 children with tuition support to attend safe, quality K-8th grade schools in the area. She let area families know that CSFP scholarships are need-based and issued by random lottery. The radio program highlighted the fact that with an average tuition cost for area private schools of $4,000 per child, per year, CSFP awards provide much-needed financial access for thousands of low-income Philadelphia families seeking better educational options for their children.
As part of our Campaign for 10,000 Children, CSFP will issue an additional 2,000 awards this spring.