What is Friends Of Neighborhood Education - FONE?
The Friends Of Neighborhood Education (FONE) is a coalition of more than 40 Friends groups that
believes that a first-class education, within a safe school setting, should be the right of every child in
Philadelphia and the entire United States. It also believes that such an education should be provided
inherently and without reservations.
FONE exists to help create mentor-protégé relationships between more experienced and upstart groups,
to create networks of support and development for neighborhood school leaders, and to spread the
good news about neighborhood public schools.
What is a "Friends" group?
In dozens of communities across this City, parents and community members have formed partnerships
to support neighborhood public schools, in order to foster a robust learning environment for
Friends groups are formed as a means to help facilitate the involvement and support of community
members living within and near our neighborhood school catchments. The goal is to help support
current and future staff, teachers, students and families in their effort to create and maintain a
successful and safe school environment for all children who attend neighborhood schools.
For more information or to get involved, email .