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A Gala Debut for REACH


The Heritage High School

The Heritage High School

TC’s 125th Anniversary Gala celebration was the official coming-out party for REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem), the new name for the College’s partnership with six local pre-K–12 Harlem public schools. REACH ( is supported in part by a $1 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

“We take great pride in our history of supporting organizations and programs that strengthen the communities we serve,” Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, Vice President of Global Philanthropy for JPMorgan Chase, wrote to President Susan Fuhrman to announce the grant. “We commend the important work of your organization and are glad to support its efforts.”

Last fall, a JPMorgan Chase ad appearing onstage during TC’s Gala celebrated “our shared commitment to improving educational outcomes for children” and congratulated TC on “125 years of excellence in education.” A promotion of the REACH partnership will appear in June on JPMorgan Chase ATM machines.

REACH is administered by TC’s Office of School and Community Partnerships. Schools currently part of the network are Margaret Douglas School, Harriet Tubman School, Heritage High School (founded by TC faculty member Judith Burton, with funding from Trustee Joyce Cowin), Frederick Douglass Academy II, Columbia Secondary School and Teachers College Community School.

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