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

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. 

EITC donations made to PEPS will support the Career and Technical Institute at Central Tech High School as well as the expansion of Jr. Career and Technical Institutes to Wilson and Roosevelt Middle Schools.  This PA tax-credit program is a win-win for your business AND our Erie Public Schools! 

In 2013-14, PEPS received our first EITC donations from Waste Mangement, PNC Bank, Scott Enterprises and Erie Insurance.  During this school year, PEPS donated over $14,000 to Career and Technical projects at Central Tech through the EITC program. These funds were used to purchase a new 3D printer for the school's Career/Technical Initiative and pay for field certification exams for Central students who cannot afford them.  Thank you Waste Management, PNC Bank, Scott Enterprises and Erie Insurance!

If you are an EITC-approved business in Pennsylvania and wish to make your EITC donation to PEPS, please contact Daria Devlin (daria.devlin@partnershipeps.org) or send your donation to us at PEPS, P.O. Box 514, Erie, PA 16512.

For more information about the PA EITC program, which allows PA corporate tax dollars to benefit students right here in Erie, please visit the PA DCED website at www.newpa.gov.