Between his real estate firm and his stake in Starr Restaurants, Councilman Allan Domb (of Condo King fame) wasn’t exactly counting on his $129,000 City Council salary to make ends meet.
That’s part of why Domb pledged to donate his City Council salary during the 2015 campaign (obviously, there’s a political upside to a wealthy entrepreneur turned politician offering to waive his compensation). This year, that money has gone to 23 Philly schools, including nine schools that Domb handed checks to this morning. At least five schools will be putting that money toward STEM and digital education.
“We directly work with the schools and not through the School District,” Domb’s policy director David Tusio told Technical.ly. “Schools are chosen by the Councilman based on a variety of criteria and often in consultation with District Councilmembers.”
Each donation is around the $2,500 mark. Additional donations were also made to support programs benefiting school children like the Free Library of Philadelphia, Tusio said.
Here’s what some Philly schools are doing with that cash money, as per Tusio:
- Philadelphia High School for Girls: Chromebooks and a Chrome storage cart for students and faculty.
- Overbrook High School: Hi-Fi headphones for multimedia studies.
- Samuel Fels High School: Piano benches for their Music/Tech Lab.
- Abraham Lincoln High School: Macbook equipment and miscellaneous school supplies.
- George Washington High School: Chromebooks for students in the Culinary program to participate in Google Classroom. The platform will let them research recipes, record their lessons and create their portfolios for college.
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