Help Philly Kids See Black Panther

$12,828 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 499 people in 4 months

The release of Marvel's film the "Black Panther" is a rare opportunity for young students (primarily of color) to see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life. This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.

Clarkisha Kent of TheRoot.com writes about the importance of the Black Panther film "Black Panther remains socially and culturally relevant because it imagines a world where black people continually triumph over the influences of capitalism, Western imperialism and white supremacy."

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The idea for this campaign was originally started by a man in New York named Frederick Joseph. After seeing his success for the Harlem branch of his campaign, being moved by his activism and passion, and speaking with Fred himself, i decided to accept the #BlackPantherChallenge on behalf of the children of Philadelphia.

Fredericks' vision when he started this campaign:

"I want these children to be able to see that people who look like them can be superheroes, royalty, and more.”

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Here is how we plan to make this work:

All proceeds will go to paying for the tickets for children and chaperones, refreshments, and the school busses needed for transportation to and from the theater.

School bus= $200
Average ticket & refreshment pack = $11-12 per person

I’m taking schools in large groups - around 150 in a group (with the exception of the class from LINC)

This means each group of 150 kids = $2,400 in cost!

The campaign will remain open for donations until March 6.

*All organization donations and movie/refreshment purchase receipts will be sent to campaign donors upon request after the campaign is finished.*

With the success of the Harlem campaign, let's bring that same passion to the kids of Philadelphia. 

Feel free to reach out with questions: Kristina.carrera@gmail.com


Original goal: $5,000 (met 2/15)
Stretch Goal: $10,000
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A few thank you’s from some students!
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I want to thank everyone again! This campaign was a huge success and I, as well as the 769 people who have seen the movie for free, are extremely thankful for the donations and support that got us here. Congratulations again and thank you to Benjamin B. Comegys K-8, Penrose Elementary, Longstreth Elementary, Cassidy Academics Plus, William Zeigler Elementary, LINC High school, and Project Elijah: Empowering Autism for participating and allowing me to organize this for your students!

The work doesn't end here.

As we lay this challenge to rest, a new one is emerging. I'm partnering with Comegys Principal, Rauchaun Dupree, to make some changes at Comegys. I started the Black Panther Challenge in Philadelphia because I wanted to help kids feel empowered and inspired, but what do we do when they have the dreams, but not enough resources to help make them come true? Principal Dupree and I are committed to continuing to enrich lives of the students at Comegys by taking on the 1,000 book challenge.

“Daily independent reading gives students the practice required to build the stamina necessary for reading chapter books and longer, more demanding texts. The 1,000 BOOK CHALLENGE is an independent reading program designed to maximize the effectiveness of a school’s reading curriculum. Its goal is to develop avid, lifelong readers, students whose proficiency in and love of reading enable them to flourish throughout their lives (in the classroom, on standardized tests, at the college of their choice, and in a life-enriching career) allowing all aspects of their experience to be enhanced by the information and perspectives gained from reading.

The 1,000 BOOK CHALLENGE does this by dramatically increasing the amount of reading a student is expected to do. The program’s high standards require a minimum of 30 minutes of independent reading a day in school and an additional 30 minutes of reading at home. It provides each student with a selection of hundreds of books matched to their reading level (each reading level is designated by a different color) and allows students to choose the books they want to read. Students track the amount of reading they complete on log sheets that are signed by parents and are reviewed daily by their teacher. Teachers regularly hold individual conferences with students to be sure they are engaged with their books, to assess the students’ understanding of the material they’ve read, and to set goals for future reading. Please support us in providing our students with the right books to develop them into life-long learners with a love a reading to build the stamina necessary for reading chapter books and longer, more demanding texts.”

There are two ways to contribute: donate a book or donate funds. We will drop a list of k-8 approved books on Tuesday 3/6. You will have the option to order and ship a book directly to me. If you prefer to donate funds, you can donate at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/1000bookchallenge

This money is going to be used to help acquire new iPads and computers for the snore. (A business plan will be available upon request.)
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