Sophie B. Wright

Desirous of supporting positive change in our city’s educational landscape, in the spring of 2009, Touro Synagogue entered into a partnership with our neighborhood public school, Sophie B. Wright Charter School. Since 2009, our members have been actively involved with Sophie B. Wright in countless ways–and they have been involved with us. Also, during that time, SBW has risen in student performance scores and has converted into a high school.

At the moment, their building is receiving a total renovation with the addition of a gym, so SBW is displaced in temporary housing. SBW will remain out of their building through the 2015/16 school year. Partnership activities will continue uninterrupted during their time away from their building. In fact, our support is even more important as they try to maintain their customary high morale, strong sense of community, and motivation in their temporary home in a neighborhood riddled with problems.

It is easy to help. Every year Touro members offer ‘little things’ like the initiatives listed below and those ‘little things’ make a big difference to the school.

Sophie B. Wright Charter School Principal receives national attention
Principal Sharon Clark’s hard work and perseverance has been noticed by a national news outlet. Click here to read about her efforts.

Encourage student achievement
Believe it or not, $5 gift cards to Smoothie King, Subway, and McDonald’s are hugely motivational for the students at SBW. Academic improvement and success, leadership, and good citizenship are amongst the reasons students receive gift cards in recognition. Drop off your gift card donations at the Touro office and we will deliver them for you.

Teacher Appreciation:
It’s more than a little gesture. Help Touro show appreciation for the hard-working, SBW teachers who are making a big difference in educational equality. Touro provides monthly teacher appreciation snacks at SBW and the teachers couldn’t be more appreciative.

Help once or on an on-going basis.

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