Past Grantee Update - "A Garden Grows in Kensington"

At our Winter 2016 Soup, Alessandra Villella won $461.74 to revive the community garden at John B. Stetson Charter School.  Her 6th through 8th grade students used the funds to diminish litter in their community by placing trash cans and signs around the garden.  



May Soup - May 15, 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub in Mt. Airy!

We had approximately 40 educators, education supporters and friends who came together to learn about innovative classroom ideas in need of funding, and enjoy brunch, including delicious soup from Earth + Bread Brewery.

Your ticket sales and a matching grant from PhilaSoup raised $1,150 in support of Philadelphia education!

We heard from four great presenters: Sheila Myers from Julia de Burgos Elementary School won $460 for her project, "Recess Renewal;" in second place, Katheleen Anderson received $345 to fund her "Classroom Cafe," while Antonia Jauregui from Independence Charter School and Alina Taylor from Kensington Urban and Business High School each won $172.50 to fund their projects, "Loving to Read in Spanish" and "Literary Criticisms of 'Street Angel'".

Thank you to everyone who supported Philadelphia education at our final Soup of the 2015-2016 year!  We look forward to seeing you again in the fall!


Mt. Airy Meet and Greet at Earth Bread + Brewery

Thank you to all those who joined us at Earth Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy on Sunday, April 17 from 1- 3 PM for beers, appetizers and to meet and greet other educators and education supporters!  At the event, teachers networked with one another, as well as brainstormed ideas for what they would do with an extra $200 for their classroom.  We also shared information about our exciting partnership with PledgeCents, where teachers can submit a cause and be considered for both PledgCents funding and a PhilaSoup micro-grant!  Thank you again to our hosts, Earth Bread + Brewery, and for those who made some time for Sunday Funday with us!



Teach for America's "Grow in Greater Philly" event with PledgeCents!

This past  weekend’s Spring snow storm did not stop a group of dedicated educators from attending Teach For America’s “Grow In Greater Philadelphia” event on Saturday April 9th. More than 100 educators gathered at Carver High School to attend sessions related to their roles as teachers and educators.

 All attendees of the conference were invited to participate in a “Flash Soup” co-led by PhilaSoup and PledgeCentsParticipants were invited to share what they would do in their classrooms or school if given $200. Three project ideas were randomly selected, and the authors of these mini-proposals spoke about their projects, while the audience voted on the project they wished to fund.

The winner of this mini-Soup, Sterling Grimes from Mastery Charter School, received a $50 Amazon gift card to help fund a class trip to see a professional production of Macbeth. The other two proposed projects were purchasing a 3-D printer for kids to use, and creating an outdoor garden for students.

PhilaSoup Chair, Rachel Hodas with winner of the Grow in Greater Philly mini-soup, Sterling Grimes.

PhilaSoup Chair, Rachel Hodas with winner of the Grow in Greater Philly mini-soup, Sterling Grimes.

A huge thank you to Teach For America having us at their amazing event and for donating the proceeds of this event to PhilaSoup!