The transition process will be a lot easier for thousands of Philadelphia school students thanks in part to a $50,000 grant to the School District of Philadelphia from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ).
The grant will help students from closed schools make a smooth transition into their new classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year.
UWGPSNJ President and CEO Jill Michal believes the program will provide crucial support for thousands of children. “This is an unprecedented challenge for the district,” said Michal. “We are confident the district’s plan will help schools welcome their new students, and United Way is happy to support the district’s needs to make it happen.”
The School District of Philadelphia is thankful for UWGPSNJ’s continued support of programs for students. “Principals across the district face a number of challenges in the upcoming school year,” said Superintendent William Hite. “This grant from United Way will go a long way in helping schools roll out the welcome mat for students in September.”
Principals from approximately 40 schools will use the funds to support low-cost programs for incoming students. Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) believes it is vitally important that children from closed schools feel at ease when they begin the school year.
“In order for our kids to be effective learners, they need to first feel welcome in their school,” says PCCY Executive Director Donna Cooper. “This generous grant will help principals put together effective programs to make students feel at home so they can focus more on learning and less on their new surroundings.”