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SIXTY-THREE MEMBERS OF SUCCESS ACADEMY MARATHON TEAM RAISE $150,000FOR SA SCHOOLS AND SCHOLARS

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Laura Wilker, 332-895-2237
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Ann Powell, 646-894-6407
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SIXTY-THREE MEMBERS OF SUCCESS ACADEMY MARATHON TEAM RAISE $150,000FOR SA SCHOOLS AND SCHOLARS

Team Includes Teachers, Principals, and Friends and Family of SA Scholars and Staff

New York, NY, November 7, 2022 — Among the 50,000 NYC marathon runners this weekend, 63 had a special cause: they ran on behalf of Success Academy, its scholars and families, and demonstrating how little moments of effort ultimately help us achieve big goals — like getting across the finish line.  

From left to right: Nicholas Jaspers, Cynthia Filgueira, Kaleigh Garcia, Danielle Golub, Grace Ogburn, Mary Medure

Beyond their fundraising, these fleet-of-foot educators are also inspiring the network’s 20,000 scholars. Marathon training, just like learning, requires consistent effort over time. The team has been building their endurance for months — running a total of almost 400 miles each. 

This year’s coach, Lead of Grades 3-12 History Content Design Nick Jaspers, spoke about how Team Success’ effort also reflects SA’s educational philosophy:  “Our students can prepare for the big test, but ultimately success has to do with consistent commitment to completing assignments, double-checking answers, and fully participating in homework. It takes small efforts, every day, to reach the big goal.”

Success Academy’s K-12 educational journey is much more marathon than sprint; like a runner training for the big day by consistently increasing distances over a period of time, SA’s curriculum is designed as a holistic 13-year trajectory where each school year builds upon the previous ones to prepare students for college and beyond. 

This is the 11th year SA participated in the marathon. The 63 participants running on behalf of Team Success — including teachers, principals, Network office staff, NYC community members, friends and family of SA scholars and staff, and other SA supporters — also raised funds for SA schools and scholars. All donations raised go toward the SA general operating fund and cover a range of expenses from new paint for the classroom to helping buy groceries for families in need. 

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About Success Academy 

Since its founding in 2006, Success Academy has created the highest-performing public school district in New York state, and a national model of access to excellence for children across all demographics. We currently enroll over 20,000 children in 49 elementary, middle, and high schools. The majority of Success Academy scholars are children of color from low-income households in disadvantaged neighborhoods, admitted through a random public lottery. Our distinctive K-12 approach, designed as a holistic 13-year educational trajectory, leads to student outcomes that outpace even those in affluent suburban schools. To date, 100% of SA’s graduates have been accepted to college, many to highly selective institutions. Most are the first in their families to have the opportunity for higher education. We regularly share our curriculum and methods with educators and school leaders across the country. By scaling excellence and reigniting the civic mission of education, Success Academy is leading a movement to reinvent public education.  For more information about Success Academy, go to successacademies.org.

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