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A new program, Philly Artrepreneurs, gives students a way to use their art skills to fund their favorite charity. The program won $5,000 at a seed money competition this week.
Philly CORE Leaders which funds innovative ideas for education in the city, hosted the annual event. The audience — made up of teachers, education leaders and community members — listened to entrepreneurs pitch ideas and then picked the winner out of five presenters.
Art teacher Jeff Kilpatrick created the winning idea. Fifth through eighth graders at Memphis Street Academy Charter School in the Port Richmond neighborhood, where Kilpatrick teaches, will pick a charity and then design products to sell online. The proceeds will support the charity, student scholarships and reinvestment into the program.