City launches education supply fund

File photo: Mayor Nutter speaks to students before a march down Broad Street. More than 1,000 students from 70 high schools throughout the city march down Broad Street for a salute from Mayor Michael Nutter on June 6, 2013. (ANDREW RENNEISEN/Staff Photographer)

Days after schools opened on Monday, Mayor Nutter joined with school officials announced the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund today, a new fund raising effort to help in the purchase classroom supplies.

"Insufficient school supplies should not be the reason our children miss out on valuable opportunities," Nutter said.

Nutter challenged the business community and others to raise $500,000 for the fund by Oct. 15. and $2.5 million over the next five years. The city will contribute $200,000 this year and $1 million over five years.

Nutter said no contribution is too small. 

"Our current education climate requires a different approach to ensure our young people have classrooms equipped to offer them a high-quality education," Nutter said. "I am challenging everyone to step up and provide what is needed by our teachers and schools for our students by donating to the Philadelphia EducationSupplies Fund."

The fund will be adminsitered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Contributions to the fund can be made online here.

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