District launches 2011 March of Dimes' campaign

From the School District of Philadelphia's Communications Office:

The School District of Philadelphia launched its 2011 March of Dimes’ March for Babies Campaign with the goal to raise $150,000 for children in need.

Last year the District raised close to $135,000 far surpassing its goal of $100,000. Honorary Chairperson for the Philadelphia region, Superintendent Dr. [Arlene] Ackerman is confident that the District will be successful in surpassing its goal yet again this year.

The School District raises money for the March of Dimes through personal donations, contribution pledges, and various school-site activities, and inter-departmental competitions. The Campaign culminates with the five-mile March for Babies on May 22, 2011.

"As educators we see so clearly, and sadly, how pre-term birth can affect a child’s ability to learn and grow” said Superintendent Dr. Ackerman, “we simply cannot sit back and do nothing, especially in a city where one in every four births are pre-term.”

The incidence of premature births continues to be a serious health issue in Philadelphia. On average, one out of every four babies born in Philadelphia is born prematurely, which often adversely affects a child’s learning ability and behavioral development around the age of five. The March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

To get more information on the District’s fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes or to join a team, please visit http://www.philasd.org/marchofdimes.