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
22 May 2016

PEPS Organizes Community During 2016 Budget Crisis

Sign- Sign the petition to demand fair funding for Erie's Public Schools and let Harrisburg know we won't stand for one more budget cut! 

Speak out- Attend the school board meeting on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:00pm at East High School to show your support!

Donate- PEPS supports the district through private donations for programs in the Arts, Athletics, Academics, Assistance and Advocacy. Donate online anytime on our website. Want to stretch your donation dollars? Mark your calendar for Erie Gives Day on August 9 and donate to PEPS to receive a match from the Erie Community Foundation. Do you prefer to attend fundraising events? Join us on October 21 at the Bayfront Convention Center for the 2nd Annual I Believe In EPS Gala.