Days after schools opened on Monday, Mayor Nutter joined with school officials announced the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund today, a new fund raising effort to help in the purchase classroom supplies.
"Insufficient school supplies should not be the reason our children miss out on valuable opportunities," Nutter said.
Nutter challenged the business community and others to raise $500,000 for the fund by Oct. 15. and $2.5 million over the next five years.
The city will contribute $200,000 this year and $1 million over five years. Nutter said no contribution is too small.