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Decatur Elementary Volunteer Shows That Giving is a Two-Way Street

Decatur Elementary Volunteer Shows That Giving is a Two-Way Street

Jennifer (left), an ESL teacher at Decatur with parent volunteer Linda For so many of us, volunteering at a school can seem like a daunting idea. With numerous things to do and ways to help, how can you even get started? Linda, an experienced volunteer who recently won the District’s Family Engagement Award and regularly...
Getting Back into the “Spring” of Things

Getting Back into the “Spring” of Things

For so many of us exhausted over another frigid winter, the freshness of Spring proves to be a welcome arrival– like a friend at our door whom we haven’t seen in forever. With daffodils and aster flowers poking through the dirt and gravel and so much going on in the city, now is a great...
Scholarships Available for Penn Museum Anthropology Camp

Scholarships Available for Penn Museum Anthropology Camp

Celebrate summer fun and learning through the Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Each week features an exciting theme with hands-on workshops, expert talks, gallery exploration, and more. Penn Museum Anthropology Camp is designed for children ages 6-13 who will be entering grades 1–8 for the 2022-2023 school year. The Penn Museum is offering two types of...
Octavius Catto Scholarship: Free College and the Support You Need to Succeed

Octavius Catto Scholarship: Free College and the Support You Need to Succeed

Established in 2021 in partnership with Mayor Jim Kenney, the Octavius Catto Scholarship provides first-time, full-time students at Community College of Philadelphia the opportunity to attend college debt-free. In addition to covering the cost of tuition, Catto Scholars also receive a monthly stipend, funding to cover the cost of books, meals, and transportation, as well...
Practicing Self-Care for Families: Engaging Without Burning Out

Practicing Self-Care for Families: Engaging Without Burning Out

Having a child of school age was always hard– but the pandemic has made it even more difficult for so many families. In today’s technology-driven world, family members need to know how and when to engage with a school, have superior technology skills, spend time effectively, and so much more. With such a long list...
Mary McLeod Bethune School Opens Its Doors to the Community for COVID Education and Vaccines

Mary McLeod Bethune School Opens Its Doors to the Community for COVID Education and Vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that school staff members have had to get creative and think outside the box around family and community engagement. That’s no challenge for Family Engagement Liaison Victoria Trower, who supports 12 schools within the School District. One of those schools is Mary McLeod Bethune School in North Philadelphia, which has...
Seeing Parents as Partners Earns Hancock Demonstration School Family-School Partnership Award

Seeing Parents as Partners Earns Hancock Demonstration School Family-School Partnership Award

When it comes to family and parent engagement, John Hancock Demonstration School’s Principal Bill Griffin wants families to know how vital they are to the school and the school community. “Parents need to know how valuable they are,” Principal Griffin says before showcasing a school that does outstanding work engaging parents and families in a...
Congratulations to the 2021 Family Engagement Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2021 Family Engagement Award Winners!

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Family Engagement Awards! 🎉🎉 Every October, FACE opens nominations for two awards, the Family-School Partnership Award and the Family Leadership Award to Philadelphia public schools. The Family-School Partnership Award is awarded to schools that can demonstrate exemplary practice...
Winter Holiday Safety Tips from District Medical Officer Dr. Klock

Winter Holiday Safety Tips from District Medical Officer Dr. Klock

The winter holidays are here and friends and families will gather in ways we haven’t since before the pandemic! While we know so much more than a year ago about how COVID-19 spreads and have the addition of vaccination as an added layer of safety, we all must keep in mind that the pandemic continues...
Fall in Love with Reading with the Free Library of Philadelphia! [November 2021]

Fall in Love with Reading with the Free Library of Philadelphia! [November 2021]

The Free Library of Philadelphia is open! Check the hours of your local library here to make sure your library is open. For the safety of library users and for the safety of library staff, visitors are required to wear a mask inside libraries regardless of vaccination status. The Free Library also has a Helpline...