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A Gala Debut for REACH

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."

During April 2014, JPMorgan Chase ATM machines in New York City highlighted the REACH partnership. Last fall, a JPMorgan Chase ad appearing onstage during TC's Gala at the Apollo Theater celebrated "our shared commitment to improving educational outcomes for children" and congratulated TC on "125 years of excellence in education."
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.

Published Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014