Dear Piedmont Community,
We are thankful for the strength and resilience of our community. From the volunteers who innovate spirited events and fundraisers for our schools, to our teachers who find creative ways to engage our students every day, our Piedmont School community continues to demonstrate hope and determination.
PEF’s mission is to provide sustained financial support to Piedmont schools through fundraising and community engagement. We exist to fundraise for our schools so they may provide the best possible educational experience for each child. We recognize that during the past year our students have not had the rigorous academic and caring social environment which has been a hallmark of PUSD. Yet, together, we have accomplished much.
Last May, after announcing a $3 million grant to the district, PEF cleared out its operational reserve and was able to grant an additional $360,000 to PUSD's COVID fund. We are so pleased that PUSD has used these funds to put safety measures in place for our eventual reopening. With funds from PEF and from the CARES act, PUSD has provided hardware, software, and technology support for students and teachers, and developed a distance learning curriculum. When our children go back to school, it will be to classes with excellent ventilation and purification systems, handwashing and sanitizing stations, and additional health and nursing staff. Even now, the district is working to meet the needs of the most vulnerable students by bringing small cohorts back onto campus.
In early October, PUSD was the first, and only, public school district in Alameda County to submit both a waiver for elementary school reopening and a full reopening plan. It is unfortunate that the County continues to deny permission to reopen. We encourage everyone who is in favor of getting our students back into the classroom to contact Alameda County Public Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss at 510-268-7635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEF is proud of our district, and we are grateful to the 1,000 families who have so far donated over $2.7 million to the Giving Campaign. These funds will be essential for next year. We will continue to pursue our mission and look forward to working with PUSD to make the best possible use of your donations.
Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a wonderful year to come.
Nicki Gilbert, Chair of the Board, Piedmont Education Foundation
Heather Frank, Executive Director, Piedmont Education Foundation