Because reading is the door that opens unlimited opportunities

KENSINGTON, Pa., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Donor-funded Kravinsky Literacy Program Returns for Second Year Locally philadelphia cream high school, Liguori Academy. Zell Kravinsky, renowned utility, philanthropist, investor and educator led the implementation of the program with his unwavering contribution to the advancement of the Liguori Academy and its students. Kravinsky is widely known for donating his kidney to a stranger, acknowledging the huge disparity in health equity, specifically for low-income black people. After donating his kidney, Kravinsky spoke with a group of Princeton bioethics students and was later published in the New York Times mathematically justifying the donation, noting that the odds of dying as a result of the procedure would have been approximately 1 in 4,000. Kravinsky believed that, under these circumstances, “withholding a kidney from someone who would otherwise die means valuing one’s own life at 4,000 times that of an alien”, a ratio he called “obscene”.(1)

Kravinsky’s leadership inspired others to join him in supporting the critical math and reading remedial program now called the Kravinsky Literacy Program. This program is changing hundreds and thousands of young urban lives, and the philadelphia cream community, for the better and is a top priority for the Liguori Academy office and advancement (development) team.

“I am honored to be able to implement the Kravinsky Literacy Program with our students. The fact that the program meets each student at their individual reading level is what makes the program so successful. The computer application keeps students engaged with interesting topics on their own level, while practicing various reading strategies and accessing new vocabulary.The program is the true definition of “differentiated instruction” in the classroom, as students are all doing something different during their computer application/independent reading rotations times during our classes (small group, independent reading and computer application).

“From an educator’s perspective, it’s exciting to see our efforts in the program materialize in the form of students improving their reading skills. It’s amazing to see our students gain newfound confidence in their literacy skills. Lisa LaskaReading Specialist at Liguori Academy

In 2021, in partnership with a specialist consulting firm, Liguori Academy began creating a longer-term strategic plan to immerse students in grades 9-12 in the Kravinsky literacy program. The plan would expand their existing reading and math remediation initiative to be more comprehensive, data-driven, and beneficial to students to achieve life-changing academic and career goals.

This year, Liguori is introducing the Kravinsky Literacy Program with a structured week-long formal reading and remedial initiative that encompasses all students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. The program is monitored and supervised by the director of studies (CAO) and the director of the school. A resource team for individual student support includes the Managing Director, Director and Accredited Reading Specialists. Students attending Liguori Academy Fortis, an accelerated learning opportunity for older students with less credit towards graduating from high school, will also participate in the program.

“It’s never ‘too late’ to enrich a student’s reading and math skills and improve overall literacy. Our goal at Liguori Academy is to ensure that all students are at grade level or above in reading to ensure college and career readiness and facilitate lifelong learning,” said mike marronepresident and founder of the Liguori Academy.

The establishment and sustainability of the Kravinsky Literacy Program is highly dependent on philanthropic donations, internal and external leadership, and fiscal resources provided under the direction of Zell Kravinsky. In addition, Liguori plans to continue forming a permanent, philanthropically-focused and securely invested endowment to ensure the sustainability, growth, and long-term impact of Kravinsky’s literacy program and to add a program math literacy in the future.

With the shared vision and commitment of dozens of leaders philadelphia cream business, civic and educational leaders who have brought the mission and important work of preparing future leaders through individualized learning in a community that provides unlimited opportunity, “Liguori Academy believes that the Kravinsky Literacy Program is changing the gives and changes life” (Gina CraigLiguori Academy) for their students, providing a solid foundation that prepares them to achieve their goals.

About Liguori Academy:

Liguori was founded on the principle of disrupting a failing education system. The years leading up to this point were spent evolving, learning and building to realize the dream of the Liguori Academy. This year, they are committed to unleash the power and promise of Liguori Academy in all facets of the organization, from securing funding to expanding student life and workforce programs.

  • Liguori Academy graduates are prepared to excel in post-secondary education and the job market, making them college- and career-ready.
  • Tuition assistance and academic support are provided to each student; allowing all qualified student applicants to attend Liguori, regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • Liguori Academy holds a 100% student graduation rate. Every student has graduated and gone to college, career preparation programs, or the military since Liguori opened in 2016.
  • Liguori has created an educational platform that can differentiate teaching in each classroom for each student. This state-of-the-art reading, assessment, and remediation cloud-based software system allows faculty to issue assessment to customize each student’s lesson plan based on exactly what they need at each level.
  • Liguori Academy’s employer-informed curriculum for the workforce program prepares students for the experience they need to secure a career after graduation.

For more information or to contribute to the Liguori Academy, visit

(1)Singer, Peter (December 17, 2006). “What should a billionaire give – and what should you?”. The New York Times.

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