- Extra Mile Education Foundation
The Extra Mile Education Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit charity based in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The money raised by the charity is used to subsidize the tuition of low income students who attend several K-8 Catholic schools in the Pittsburgh area. Most of the students are African American. The schools place a high priority on academic excellence and achievement. [http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07028/757451-53.stm] . Four schools are currently enrolled in the program. [http://www.extramilefdn.org/schools.html] .
A January 28, 2007 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cites the following information about the The Extra Mile Education Foundation [http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07028/757451-53.stm]
* Of the 830 students whose education is funded by the program, most are non-Catholic.
* 70% of the students come from families whose income is low enough to qualify for free or reduced priced lunches.
* Of the students who graduate from the program (i.e., from 8th grade), not a single student has ever failed 9th grade, and 96% of the students graduate from high school within 4 years.
* The foundation spends $1.9 million per year for scholarships. The money comes from donations, and from interest on the foundation's $17 million endowment.
The following is an excerpt from their official mission statement: "Extra Mile Education Foundation supports the education of urban children in select Pittsburgh parochial elementary schools ... The schools – identified by the Diocese of Pittsburgh – are in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and students are primarily African American and non-Catholic. Extra Mile is dedicated to sustaining these schools for their communities on an ongoing basis..." The entire mission statement can be read [http://www.extramilefdn.org/mission.html here] .
Donors include: [http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07028/757451-53.stm]
* The Heinz Endowment
* [http://www.extramilefdn.org/ Official website]
* [http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07028/757451-53.stm Newspaper article titled, "Program goes extra mile for Catholic education - Extra Mile Education Foundation reaches out to mostly black families in low-income areas"]
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