March 2022
President's Message
We love knowing that our work has a direct impact on PPS students! Check out Cindy's video message below to hear about one of our previous Horizons students. We feel privileged and honored to be working so closely with the students in Peoria Public Schools. Thank you to all of you for your support! We couldn't do this without you.
Save the Date for our Annual Golf Outing!
NEW THIS YEAR - 9 Holes in the morning OR 18 holes in the afternoon!

We are looking forward to another fun year of golfing to support Peoria Public Schools. Click the button below for more information or to register your team today!
See it Be it Program
Thanks to all who have volunteered in the See It Be It career speaker series. Primary school students from across the district have professionals in healthcare, the law, communication, and engineering join their class via MS Teams to share their career story. 

Interested in being a career speaker? 
We still have opportunities available to speak with students in both our Horizons and See It Be It program. Check out the dates and schools by clicking on the buttons below.
For more information or any questions about the See it Be it or Horizons program, contact Trish O’Shaughnessy at (309) 696-3406 or e-mail 
RSVP today for this FREE workshop and learn tips and best practices for writing classroom grants!
Congratulations to Michelle Seipel for being our PPS Foundation Hero of the Month! In her role as Director of Technology for Peoria Public Schools, Michelle has always gone above and beyond to help the Foundation with our technology concerns. She is always willing to troubleshoot issues, allowing us to get the vital technology component of our programs up and running, and will jump to the rescue when things don’t go as planned. We are very grateful for all work she puts into making our technology run.  Thank you for all you do, Michelle!
This month we caught up with our very own Matt Violet, who is the PPS Foundation's Data and Programming Logistics Coordinator. Matt started working at the Foundation at the beginning of this school and has been doing an outstanding job. Check out his answers below to get to know him better!

Matt, what's one of your favorite things to do in Peoria?

Spending time with my nieces. In terms of Peoria attractions, I like the Riverfront Museum and Tanner's Orchard.

If you could go to any place in the world, where would it be and why?

Either Italy for its scenery and rich history, or Tokyo because I find its Akihabara district (as well as Japanese culture in general) fascinating.

Do you have a favorite type of music or favorite band?

Classic Rock. Some of my favorite bands include Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Metallica.

What types of activities were you involved in during high school?

I wrote for the school newspaper, played on the tennis team, and was a member of the national honor society and foreign language club.

What's your favorite thing about your job with the PPS Foundation?

Being part of an extremely supportive group of people who are passionate about improving the lives of Peoria school children.

Matt helps coordinate many of our programs, including See it Be, uniforms for students and our Little Free Pantries. He is also currently working on our program to promote the Child Tax Care Credit. We appreciate him very much. Thanks for chatting with us, Matt!
Check Out our Latest Buzz Chat Video!
This past Thursday, Trish O'Shaughnessy, chatted with Peoria Public Schools' Sarah Chapman about Woodruff Career & Technical Center Career Pathways for PPS juniors and seniors and Richwoods High School's Tom Hayes about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. . Be sure to check out the video below!

Each month we connect with different members of our community to talk about our public schools and how they interact with current events in Peoria. All chats can be viewed live on our Facebook page on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. Not able to catch it live? No problem, the videos will stay posted on our page so scroll through to watch any you missed.
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Ad spots are available on the new electronic sign located on the PPS Stadium property. The sign has great visibility for both eastbound and westbound traffic on War Memorial Drive. $300 per week or $1,000 per month spots are available. Artwork must be in a 2100 x 900 jpg file. The sign is 14 feet wide by 6 feet tall.

All proceeds for sign advertisement go directly to help Peoria Public School's campaign to improve the stadium property. For more information, contact
PPS Foundation's Board of Directors:
Dan Adler, Andre Allen, Ruth Bittner, Solivian Dismuke, Maarten de Haas, Alex Elger, Daniel Musisi, Cheryl Sanfilip, and Cathy Wiggers

Ex Officio Board Members:
Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat (PPS Superintendant) and Mike Murphy (PPS Board of Education)

PPS Foundation's Staff:
Cindy Morris - President
Jen Adler - Administrative Director
Trish O'Shaughnessy - Director, Community Engagement & Horizons Program
Matt Violet - Data and Programming Logistics Coordinator
Annalee Anderson - Career Tech Advocate
Ella Dancey - Career Tech Advocate
Sara Montgomery - Career Tech Advocate
Olivia Smith - Career Tech Advocate