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

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.  

The STRAIGHT A's are:

Academics- We recognize that Academics are the cornerstone to our students' education.  PEPS will raise funds to support various academic projects including Career/Technical Initiatives, Literacy Programs, STEM Camps and enrichment activities.

Athletics- Our support in this area includes district-wide initiatives for transportation assistance and a general athletics fund.  We also recognize the need to create "feeder" programs in our elementary/middle schools and will be working closely with Erie Public School administrators to determine the best way to provide athletic opportunities to our younger students.

Arts- Our Innovation Arts Grants were a huge success in 2013 and 2014 and we are committed to funding them again in 2014-15.  These classroom grants allow teachers with great ideas to bring innovative art projects to their students. Check out our Gallery to see photos from past grants.  

Assistance- We also recognize that economic conditions in the City of Erie have left many of our Erie Public School students in need of basic assistance.  Although in its early phases, we expect this fund to help support basic needs -- uniforms, school supplies, cold weather clothing, etc.

Advocacy- We are proud of our Erie's Public Schools and we want our students, staff and community to share this pride. In 2014, PEPS organized the first annual We Love Erie's Public Schools week during February 3-7. Festivities included an awesome charity basketball game with the Harlem Wizards, school decorating and teacher appreciation events.