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
03 June 2015

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.


2013 PEPS Arts Innovation Grant Awards







The Rainforest

Third-grade will visit the Cleveland Rainforest, then produce and present their own rainforest at the school


Allison Brower


Our World, Our City

Students will complete a literacy unit and visit regional locations before designing a brochure and creating a glass mosaic of Erie destinations


Barb Nodes-Nakoski


Bringing Molas to Life

Students will complete a Spanish lesson on the Kuna people of Panama and then do a hands-on project to make “Molas” from this cultural tradition

Collegiate Academy

Katie Lumley-Pohl


Woodrow Wilson Middle School Band

Support for Wilson Middle School Band


Jon Nolan


Erie All-City Band Recruiting and Off Season

Support for All-City Band


Erick Nicklas


Life Skills and Autistic Support Arts Showcase

Life Skills and Autistic Support students are encouraged to participate in showcase of performing, culinary and creative arts

Central Tech

Denise Kinzig, Ami Iaquinta, Kristine Feeney, Amanda Ulrich


Shapes and Stories of the City

A multidisciplinary study of East Avenue and its surrounding neighborhoods in collaboration with Preservation Erie


Gina Rullo


Cultural Field Trip: Mexico and Beyond

Students will visit Latino’s Restaurant and take part in Fiesta Cultural presented by Julio Reyes.  This will include cultural art, music, history, dance and food.

East High

Jean Piccirilli


Appreciating the Erie Art Museum

Fifth-grade will explore Lincoln, Indian and Tibetan art exhibits.  Students will also participate in a rhythm workshop and a visiting artist will visit the school for additional learning


Michelle Tavani



Erie Art Museum: Aesthetic & Critical Exploration

Fourth-grade students will travel to EAM, observe works of abstract artist and participate in art-making activities


Cindy Munch and Jeff Yonkers