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One City Schools Receives $50,000 for Innovation

Madison, WI (August 9, 2019) – Catherine Zdeblick travels the world to capture images that both reflect differences in people and cultures around the world, but also what joins us together as human beings. 

However, her greater passion is children.  Ms. Zdeblick has dedicated her adult life to advance efforts that support children.  

“When you empower a child, you empower the family. When you empower the family, you empower the entire community” said Zdeblick.  

Zdeblick’s latest visit to One City included a demonstration of her photography to the 4-year-old kindergarten classrooms. The children have been learning about photography, pasting the walls of One City with their photography work. 

Zdeblick’s gift comes at a pivotal time for One City as it works to fund 100% of the third (summer)-semester of its unique public charter school with charitable contributions from individuals, foundations and businesses. The State of Wisconsin presently does not provide public funding to traditional public schools or public charter schools for extended day or year-round programs. One City CEO Kaleem Caire said, “Catherine is helping shape this school so our children and their families can succeed. We are honored and humbled by her gift and her belief that year-round school matters.” In fact, One City’s summer data shows that its children made impressive gains during the third semester of its school year – a time of year when many children often lose ground educationally: a phenomenon also known as the “summer slide.”

About One City Schools: One City Schools is a nonprofit operator of high quality schools and other learning opportunities for children in Madison, Dane County and Wisconsin. It’s mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation.

For More Information Contact:

Jessica Tormey, VP of External Relations and Policy, One City Schools

Email: jtormey@onecityschools.org Phone: (608) 268-8004 or (608) 347-2298