Our Work

PEPS provides financial and community support to Erie's Public Schools in five areas:

  • Arts- annual Arts Innovation mini-grants to classroom teachers to fund special projects and arts-related field trips (over $40,000 in projects funded since 2012);
  • Academics- funds for the Career and Technical Institute through EITC donations; support for the GEARS after-school program, health curriculum and implementation, and scholarships for students to attend high-quality STEM-related summer programming;
  • Athletics- district-wide review of current athletics programs and support for increased programming in elementary and middle schools; sponsorship of new middle school baseball and softball programs in Spring 2016
  • Assistance- grant administration and support of the Blue Coat project, a violence-prevention initiative in partnership with Creative Community Connectors, Inc., and support for EPS students to attend the Walking in Black History trip;
  • Advocacy- organization and support for the annual We Love Erie's Public Schools Week; sponsorship of the 2015 Legislative Brunch and the 2015 Fund Our Schools rally
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May 2016

PEPS Organizes Community During 2016 Budget Crisis

Students, parents, staff and community members want to know how to help. Here are a few ways PEPS is organizing this community effort.
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July 2015

PEPS Connects Donors and Students

PEPS was proud to help ServErie organize volunteer work sites at three of our elementary school sites on July 12. PEPS was proud to help ServErie organize volunteer work sites at three of our elementary school sites on July 12.
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June 2015

EITC Program-- Update

The Partnership for Erie's Public Schools was recently approved by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development to receive EITC donations on behalf of the Erie School District. The Partnership for Erie's Public Schools was recently approved by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development to receive EITC donations on behalf of the Erie School District.
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Arts Innovation Mini-Grants

A grant panel of four high school seniors and five adults reviewed 25 mini-grant applications submitted by Erie Public School teachers this spring. They selected the 10 most innovative, exciting projects and awarded grants ranging from $400 to $1000. Funding for the Arts Innovation Mini-Grants was graciously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Cle Austin, Dr. and Mrs. Jay Badams and proceeds from the 2012 Rock for the Arts event.
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Straight A's for Erie's Public Schools Campaign

After listening to our Erie Public School teachers, coaches and administrators, PEPS has refined its funding strategy into five target areas. We call these "Straight A's for Erie's Public Schools" and they represent our focused effort to strengthen our entire school community.
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