Dear Piedmont Community,
This was not the year any of us expected or hoped for. It was a year of frustration and challenge, of making difficult decisions and having difficult conversations. And, this has also been a year of new experiences, of learning, of adapting, and of finding the silver lining. As we move forward, these lessons in strength and persistence are the ones we would like to take with us. We can experience difficulty, we can adapt, we can persevere, and we can build back better.
As we reflect on the past year, we are once again humbled by the generosity of our community. Though often disappointed, and while concerned about their children’s well-being, and with trying to navigate a new reality, 1,140 families chose to participate in this year’s Giving Campaign with an average donation of $2,630. While slightly fewer people chose to contribute this year than last year, those that gave dug even deeper than before. When we asked donors why they gave, they shared an understanding of the importance of their contribution to their children’s education.
And, these contributions are important. We often talk about how government funding only covers 63% of the cost for Piedmont to educate each child, and that the rest is up to us through parcel taxes and donations. But, what does this local funding provide? Government funds mostly cover the costs of what our district is required to offer by law. The things that are not required, but that Piedmont still offers, include classroom aides, differentiation specialists, libraries, AP classes, world languages, art, music, technology, and athletics. Perhaps most importantly, PUSD’s small class sizes allow our teachers to have more personalized interaction with students. All of this gives our children a much more enriching, supportive, and individualized education than the minimum that is required by law and funded by the government.
Thank you to every single person who made a donation to our schools this year. Thank you to those who asked others to make donations, who attended a virtual event, who volunteered on a board or committee, who showed up to help with student COVID testing or senior event planning, and to those who were an even more active part of their child’s education than usual.