Lower Merion High School recently partnered with John H. Webster Elementary School in Kensington for a special video project in an effort to help raise much-needed funds for the deserving school-in-need.
Towards the end of April, after months of hard work and preparation, students and staff from Webster Elementary made the trip to LMHS to film a "lip dub" set to Jess Glynne's "Hold My Hand" in what was truly a remarkable, collaborative effort. With the release of the lip dub, the campaign hopes to raise $20,000 to help support the Webster school community.
The School District of Philadelphia provides each school with a budget determined by predicted student enrollment for the upcoming school year. This budget is often minimal and forces principals to decide whether they want to hire staff or purchase educational materials. In an effort to eliminate high classroom numbers and to provide more opportunities for small group learning, the Webster leadership team agrees to prioritize hiring staff. This forces staff members to use their own money to purchase necessary classroom supplies. The School District of Philadelphia provides teachers with a $100 allotment every year, although most teachers spend at least $500 of their own money over the course of a school year.
"Lower Merion High School is determined to give these teachers a helping hand," reads a statement on the campaign's GoFundMe page. "100% of the money raised from this lip dub will be given straight to Webster to buy necessary classroom supplies that they often lack – books, paper, crayons, scissors, and much more. Thank you for everything you give to help this cause."
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
To visit the campaign's GoFundMe page and to make a donation, click here. After watching the video, please feel free to share on any and all social media sites to help spread the word!
To view coverage of the LMHS/Webster lip dub by Fox29, click here.
Click on the box below to see a slideshow of images from the filming of the video.