PHA Prepares Kids for the Start of School

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has once again provided a real boost to school age residents for the upcoming school year, thanks to the agency's 7th annual book bag giveaway.  

The annual back-to-school celebration on August 10th at the John F. Street Community Center in North Philadlephia included book bag distribution to children who attend summer camps at several PHA sites, and children from the surrounding community who receive services from the housing authority. 

PHA will provide a total of 2,500 book bags stuffed with school supplies to PHA residents at 23 sites across the city between now and August 24th. School begins in the city on August 27th. 

"Young people have a better chance of prospering with a good education, not to mention the ability to better their communities and families," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah.  "Education is a game changer in the lifetime of a person's existence.  Today's event is one of the ways that PHA demonstrates its commitment to educational advancement."

The event also introduced students and parents to the Police Advisory Committee that works with PHA Police to promote public safety and community support at housing developments.  The Youth Ambassadors performed a skit on nonviolence in support of the Committee's work.  

The book bag giveaway began seven years ago under the auspices of Philly SEEDS, Inc., a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  The mission of Philly SEEDS, Inc. is to promote the social and economic advancement of PHA residents through philanthropic activities, community-based partnerships, and special initiatives.  

Philly SEEDS, Inc. is an award-winning program with services that are designed to help residents become fully self-sufficient.  

Media Contact:  Nichole Tillman, 215-888-2869,