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Education Fund celebrates 25 years tonight

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Education Fund will celebrate its 25th year annniversary Tuesday night with its annual Eddy Awards. The event starts at 5:30 with a reception at Drexel University’s Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center at 31st and Market Streets.

The winners of this year’s EDDYs, which honor local "education success stories":

  • Kenneth Gamble, Star Alumnus
    Helen Cunningham and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Star Commitment to Education
    Citi, Star Business Commitment to Education
    Free Library of Philadelphia, Star Community Commitment to Education
    Mohamed Kakay, Rising Star

The Fund traces its history back to 1985 and the formation of the group PATHS/PRISM to strengthen instruction in the humanities, math, and sciences in Philadelphia. Ten years later, the Philadelphia Education Fund was created out of a merger of PATHS/PRISM and the Philadelphia Schools Collaborative, a high school reform group. Teacher development and high school reform continue to be major areas of work for the fund, along with an emphasis on post-secondary access and success, research, and public engagement.

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