Officially established June 11, 2012, Friends of Mifflin (FOM) is a volunteer-led organization that is committed to the success of our neighborhood public school—Thomas Mifflin. FOM is a member organization of the East Falls Community Council.


Current 2019-2020 Executive Board*

President – Carla Lewandowski

Corresponding Secretary – Lauren King

Recording Secretary – Sarah Grogan

Fund Raising Chair – Polly Edelstein

Treasurer ('20-'21) – Sarah Grogan

School Representative – Michelle Shaw-Carpenter

Marketing Chair – Marjan Gartland

*20-21 elections were postponed


How to join us and get involved  

We are continually looking for volunteers and hold FOM meetings every second Saturday of the month at 9:00am during the school year and host Considering Mifflin Information sessions throughout the year.  Please email or go to our Facebook page for more details.



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Mission of FOM

Promote and celebrate the successes at Mifflin; establish a robust volunteer network to assist in student tutoring and administrative support; engage the School District of Philadelphia and other policy influencers to maintain support for public education in the Mifflin catchment area; provide resources for the school to improve educational opportunities for Mifflin’s students and neighborhood children; and foster an engaging, safe, and plentiful learning environment for Mifflin’s students.



  • Support Mifflin as an anchor for the diverse community of East Falls and a top choice for all families

  • Serve as a model of community-based support for neighborhood public education across Philadelphia.


Core Values

  • Transparency and inclusion

  • Responsibility in the stewardship of funds

  • Responsive support to school leadership, staff, students, and home/school needs

  • Adaptability in our role as the needs of Mifflin change

  • Mutual engagement between the community and the school.