Piedmont Education Foundation presents $2.75 million check to PUSD, announces chairs for 2021-2022 Giving Campaign

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The Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) presented a check for $2,750,000 to the Board of Education for the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on August 25th, 2021. 

These funds are the culmination of PEF’s fundraising campaigns from the 2020-2021 school year, most notably through The Giving Campaign. “We are humbled by the generosity of our community,” said Nicki Gilbert, Chair of the PEF Board of Directors. “In a year of challenges, our community once again showed its commitment to our schools and our students.” Over 1,140 families contributed to the 2020-2021 Giving Campaign with an average gift of $2,544. Click here for details on what the grant will fund.

“We are thankful for the hard work of our Giving Campaign chairs, Colleen Allan, Amelie Kappes and Teebie Saunders,” said Heather Frank, Executive Director of PEF. “Even while working apart, with their children learning remotely, they were able to share with the community the importance of providing financial support for our schools.”

“Last year, we worked together as a community to ensure our children had the programs and staff essential to returning to safe classrooms this fall,” said Allan, who is returning to chair this year’s Giving Campaign in partnership with former PEF Board Chair and Measures G&H co-chair Christine Wente von Metzsch. She added, “Christine and I look forward to working with the community to move forward together, creating stronger schools for all of our students.”

PEF and the Giving Campaign committee invite the community to celebrate the launch of this year’s ​campaign ​with a ​popsicle party in Piedmont Park on Tuesday, September 21​ ​from 3-4 pm. Popsicles will be donated by Mulberry’s Market. Watch your mailboxes for this year’s Giving Campaign letter with information on how to support our schools.

Christine Wente von Metzsch, Heather Frank, Nicki Gilbert, Colleen Allan and Amelie Kappes present the PEF check to Randall Booker, PUSD Superintendant and Cory Smegal, PUSD School Board President.
2021-2022 Giving Campaign Chairs Colleen Allan and Christine Wente von Metzsch