Many kids in Philadelphia don’t have the tools to succeed.
PCF supports learning in Philadelphia’s public schools by supplying internet-ready computers to classrooms and publicly accessible locations.
We also help outfit school libraries with books, provide computers to low-income families that do not have them, and teach 3D printing classes.
Did you know that most inner-city public school classrooms do not have a single working computer? Most students do not have one at home either. Learn more »
Here are some sobering recent facts about Philadelphia public schools:
- …only 22 percent of the Class of 2017 will graduate on time… (Newsworks)
- …the majority of students that do not graduate on time drop out altogether… (SDP report)
- …67% of dropouts were economically challenged, 59% Male, 58% Black/African American…
Among the main causes cited:
- …the majority of students who drop out scored basic or below on 8th Grade Math PSSA…
- …students who enter 9th grade over-age (previously held back) are more likely to drop out…
These are District averages. The numbers at some of the schools PCF supports may be (much) worse!
BUT, as appalling as these stats are, the good news is that PCF, with your support, can have a real impact! This is not a problem that is too big for us to address on a school by school basis. For a mere $250 per classroom, we are able to make a difference for the students in that class. Class by class, grade by grade, school by school.
We have ~2,000 computers in inventory and 33+ schools lined up to receive support. Make a difference and donate today !
The schools we have supported have seen an improvement in math and reading performance as a result of being able to access web-based “Intervention Tools” (web sites) during class. In our testimonials, you can review one teacher who states that 6 of her held-back K-students moved up to 1st grade before the end of the year, putting them back on track. Other teachers spoke to the ability to use these EDU websites to track students’ individual progress and address specific shortcomings.
These outcomes are not etched in stone. For very little money, you can provide substantive help.
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