A Note from the Executive Director
With Spring comes our annual Run for Education, our renewed Spring Push and, hopefully, warmer weather!  We have had a great year at PPIE and I want to thank everyone in the community for being so welcoming and supportive of our mission.  I'd like to convey special thanks to the leadership at our parent clubs (PTA/PTSA/PFC), our school sites (particularly our amazing principals), and at PUSD for encouraging both closer collaboration and our efforts to be more responsive to school site funding needs. Thank you! Please enjoy our newsletter, which features updates on our amazing Run (April 23) and our Spring Push, where we're raising funds to add 2 extra hours of classified staff at all our elementary and middle schools.  Thanks again for your great support!
PPIE Supporting School Needs for 2017-18
Every year, PPIE has two major funding campaigns - at school registration in August and a Spring Push - to raise funds for school site staffing that impacts the classroom experience for our children.   

This Spring, PPIE is providing another opportunity to donate funds for use in the coming school year, particularly for those who were unable to donate earlier in the year.  For this campaign, families are asked to donate $100 of which 100% will go to the following: 2 extra 'classified staff' hours per day at each elementary and middle school.  Funds from the Spring Push will be added to existing PPIE funds and from PPIE's Run for Education to fund either 2 extra hours of a Library Assistant (to keep our libraries open longer) or a Site Tech Specialist (to keep our technology running effectively for teachers and students).  Each school will select the position which bests suits that school.  PUSD is pleased to be able to fund 5 hours/day for library assistants and 6 hours/day for site tech specialists at these schools and we want to present this opportunity to enable additional hours for our schools. 

Please visit www.ppie.org/donate  to learn more and to consider a donation by May 5 for use in the coming school year.  Thank you for your support in creating a great school experience for our students!
Support our schools at the Pleasanton Run for Education on April 23
The 5 th annual Pleasanton Run for Education will take place on April 23. 
This year's race again offers 3 distances (5K, 10K and 15K) to challenge everyone - from the casual walker, to the novice runner, to those training for their first marathon. The Kids' Challenge for ages 12 and under is also back by popular demand!   All races begin and end at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Registration is open online or you can register in person at packet pickup or on race day.
 
We are grateful to our sponsors who help make the Run for Education a success.  This year's sponsors include:

Title Sponsors: ClubSport Pleasanton and Veeva Systems
Platinum Sponsors: KKIQ, Walker Family Trust and Workday Foundation
Gold Sponsor: 7-Eleven
Silver Sponsors: Active Family Magazine, Alameda County Fairgrounds, AMM Fencing, Black Tie Transportation, Dynamite Sound - Dj Scott La Rock & Dj Scuba Steve, Fremont Bank, GoGo Squeez, Greenbriar Homes, Jersey Mike's Subs, Kaiser Permanente, NorCal Ambulance, Odwalla/Suja, Pleasanton Rentals and Steps Tutoring and SAT/ACT Prep
Bronze Sponsors: John Muir Health, Marcel Orthodontics, Mindshare Group, SC Builders, Schlicher Orthodontics, Stanford Children's Health, Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare, Supervisor Nate Miley and Wealth Management Associates
Mile Marker Sponsors: Corner Bakery Cafe, Dana Michael Ritter Immigration Law, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, Jamba Juice, Larry Damaser and Renee Huber - State Farm Insurance and Schlicher Orthodontics
Expo Sponsors: Amador Dental & Orthodontic, Bay East Association of REALTORS Foundation, ChiroSports, The First Tee Tri-Valley, Girls Rule Flag Football, Haque Chiropractic, Heart of the Valley Pediatric Cardiology, Intero Chiropractic, Modus Advanced, Inc., Pleasanton Ridge Dental Group and Orthodontics and RAGE/BUSC
Kids' Challenge Sponsors: AER Worldwide, Alliance Campaign Strategies, Charles Schwab, Cushman & Wakefield, Delores Gragg - Realtor, Keller Williams, Gina Piper Real Estate, Pleasanton Tutoring and Prim Pop

PPIE In the Schools
Amador Valley High School teacher Amy Turner Bull received a PPIE Innovative Education Grant in May 2016 for her project "Hands-on Science."  With funds from PPIE, the Science teacher was able to purchase materials to expose students to real life situations and models so they can truly understand the function of a system.  Biology students worked with Wisconsin Fast Plants, manipulated one variable within the plant's life cycle and observed the outcome.  This grant also enabled Zoology students to dissect a variety of animals, including a shark (shown below).

Thank you for your continued support.  

Sincerely, 

Steve McCoy-Thompson, Executive Director

Quality Education is Built on a Strong Foundation