Help Build a Multi-Media Library at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter!

Verified Non-Profit

Verified Non-Profit

The Description

We are a group of passionate educators at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in North Philadelphia, who are working to create a love of learning in our students.  We are seeking your support in helping us raise $50,000 in 90 days, so that we can create a multi-media library for our students in both the middle school and high school (6th-12th grades). 

It is our school’s mission to be the best comprehensive, open enrollment high school at closing the opportunity gap by achieving academic and social growth with all students, so that they are post-secondary ready.  In order to achieve this, we must create a space where our students can access top resources, books, and technology.

Currently, our school does not have a functioning library to support our students’ academic and social growth.  At Gratz, our students generally enter our school reading significantly below grade level expectations.  Research shows that more access to books will result in more reading, which then leads to better literacy development and later success in life.  Additionally, the Library Research Center reported in their study that there is a direct correlation between school libraries and student achievement.  One study highlighted that "reading scores increase with the improvements in library media programs." In an effort to close the literacy gap in our community, we want to provide our students with rigorous, relevant, and interesting leveled books.

Additionally, the multi-media library will also provide access to much needed technology (computers and tablets) and an environment to support both classroom projects and individual student studies. This environment will help prepare our students for post-secondary programs, where library use is paramount to success.  It will also support the development of technology skills needed for success in a technology-driven world.

This multi-media Gratz community library will feature the following spaces:

  • The Resource Center: Catologed books and articles, resources for Voter Registration, Employment Searches, GED programs 
  • Tutoring Center/Lecture Hall
  • Technology Lab  

These funds will be used to buy:

  • Multiple genre books (grade levels 3-12) to support literacy development for all learners
  • Digital Downloads of books
  • Class sets of tablets
  • Desktop computers
  • Audiobook Recordings
  • Scholarly Journal Licenses
  • Installed programs: Encyclopedias and Approved Content Programs
  • Furniture and shelving

Any donation amount is appreciated, but donors may also choose to provide the following monetary amounts as a sponsorship:

All donors will receive a handwritten letter from a Simon Gratz student and invitation to our grand opening celebration!

We thank you for your support, and our students do too!

 

Back Up Plan

Any little bit helps! If we do not meet our goal, we will purchase as many resources as possible with the funds that are collected.

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Comments (4)

Ruth I Birchett December 2, 2017

In honor of my beloved principal Dr. Marcus A. Foster, advocate, pioneering educator and leader who city officials failed to appoint as the first African American superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. Class of 79/70 graduate!

John & Naomi Dewey April 20, 2017

Pledged in honor of Isobel Dewey

Marian L Shatto March 14, 2017

This donation is in memory of Jane M. Shatto, the librarian who birthed and nurtured me. My parents met in the library where Mom was working the reference desk and Daddy came in looking for a particular book on microbes.

Maria March 12, 2017

Pledged in honor of Molly Getz who fights illiteracy every day.

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Hello! We are a group of passionate educators in North Philadelphia, who want to instill a love of learning in our students through access to top technology, books, and opportunities!

Investments (43)

$500

Ruth I Birchett

1 week ago

$10

Anonymous

3 months ago

$21

Bobby Dishell

3 months ago

$103

Sara Winant

3 months ago

$26

barbara schrankel

6 months ago

$50

Tara Yunkunis

6 months ago

$515

JacQueline Palmer

7 months ago

$52

Beth & Brad Bussiere-Nichols

7 months ago

$50

Beth & Brad Bussiere-Nichols

7 months ago

$40

Lindsay AMODIO

7 months ago

$20

Michael Hopper

7 months ago

$25

Kenya Harris

7 months ago

$103

Alizabeth Olhasso

7 months ago

$21

Kathleen Goetchius

7 months ago

$52

Michael Martin

7 months ago

$100

Michelle Petryszyn

7 months ago

$20

Isobel Dewey

7 months ago

$250

Naomi Dewey

7 months ago

$21

Ashley Meyer

7 months ago

$26

Katie A Prilutski

7 months ago

$103

Dwight E Stone

8 months ago

$10

Bernadette Resch

8 months ago

$21

Brett Bagrosky

8 months ago

$103

Laura Cramer

8 months ago

$103

Rebecca McWilliams

8 months ago

$20

Daniel Seery

8 months ago

$52

Joyce Kim

8 months ago

$21

Natasha Burton

8 months ago

$52

Laura Otchy

8 months ago

$21

Dan Corrado

8 months ago

$52

Darnita Nahl

8 months ago

$103

Rosanne & Guy Berube

8 months ago

$20

Eden Tanenbaum

8 months ago

$515

Phillip Smith

8 months ago

$52

Marian L Shatto

8 months ago

$52

Mary Lou Jackson

8 months ago

$10

Anonymous

9 months ago

$20

Mary ann Harsch

9 months ago

$20

Samantha DiPompeo

9 months ago

$10

Carrie Payne

9 months ago

$75

Maria Miller

9 months ago

$20

David Lon

9 months ago

$20

Shoshi Goldfus

9 months ago