Annual Giving Campaign

Dream to STEAM

Did you know that Poway Unified School District is one of the lowest funded K-12 school districts in our region? The limited funding PUSD receives from the state does not allow us to offer the depth and array of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs and experiences our students deserve and other districts are able to provide. For that reason, we count on your financial support every year so that all 35,000 students in our district continue to flourish and achieve extraordinary academic results. Please consider making a donation in any amount.

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Join us for Starstruck! A Red Carpet Evening with the Stars

Join us as we celebrate our Teachers of the Year, Employees of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, and distinguished business partners at the annual Starstruck Recognition Gala. This fun and memorable event will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The red carpet evening will begin with a hosted cocktail reception at 5 PM followed by dinner, the awards ceremony, and dancing.

Proceeds from the fundraising gala will be used to provide programs and activities that benefit our students. For sponsorship information, visit our website or contact Dolores Canizales at

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Thank you for your donations to Project Support and Supply

The PUSD Foundation's end of the year campaign, Project Support & Supply, raised over $17,325 to provide essentials for PUSD families experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, or other obstacles during the summer months. A check was presented to the Youth in Transition program to help support our 320 students and their families who are experiencing housing instability. Families who are living in any of the following situations may qualify for services:

  • In an emergency or transitional shelter
  • Living in a hotel or motel (i.e. no fixed/regular nighttime residence due to economic hardship)
  • Unsheltered (i.e. living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, campground, bus or train station, substandard housing, or similar setting which may include lack of water or electricity; health or safety risks
  • Temporarily living with another person or relatives due to economic hardship or loss of housing (i.e. eviction, inability to pay the rent, destruction of home, illness, loss of employment, etc.)
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth living away from the physical custody of a parent or guardian

Anthem Sponsors Red Ribbon Week

Anthem Blue Cross is this year's Red Ribbon Week sponsor. During the annual campaign, students are asked to pledge to pursue a healthy and responsible life by living drug free. The national campaign is a drug prevention program which aims to bring awareness and education to students and their families from October 21 to 31, 2023. This year's theme is "Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free." Over 20,000 ribbons are distributed to students and teachers at every elementary school in the District and students engage in drug prevention activities throughout the week. A big thank you to our partner in education, Colleen Petty and the team at Anthem.

Foundation Board Member Profiles

Tiffany King

Tiffany King is a Director of Special Education for Poway Unified School District. In this role, Tiffany supports middle and high school special education programming and the Adult Transition program. Tiffany has served on the PUSD Foundation board for over three years and joined the board as the representative from the Special Education Department. When asked why she joined the board, Tiffany said, "The collaboration among members of the PUSD team, our business partners, and community representatives creates a dynamic and powerful team. This group holds the best interests of our PUSD students at the forefront of the work we do. It is uplifting to see how dedicated the District and the Foundation are to bringing additional STEAM opportunities to PUSD students."

Christine Paik


Christine Paik, APR, is the Chief Communications Officer for Poway Unified School District. Christine started her six-time Emmy-winning career in TV news, and since joining the District in January 2016, she has led award-winning PR and strategic communications for 41 schools, 35,000 students and their families, and over 5,000 staff members. Christine is passionate about Career Technical Education, as evidenced by the fact that she is overseeing a high school digital media internship program which is training future journalists and filmmakers. She also has two children who attend PUSD. In May 2021 Christine published her first children’s book, The Girl in the Gold Dress in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. She has served on the Foundation board for over six years and said "It is a privilege to work alongside other board members who believe in the power of public education to create a better future for our community."

David Sikute

David Sikute is the Sr. Manager of the Real Estate department at General Atomics. His team administers commercial leases in 18 states and ten foreign countries. David served on the Poway Chamber of Commerce board for four years prior to joining the PUSD Foundation in 2020. David enjoys giving back to the community by serving as an active parent volunteer in PUSD. He added, "Having three sons has provided numerous opportunities to volunteer across five PUSD schools over the past 15 years. Being a Foundation board member gives the opportunity to provide equity and inclusion across all PUSD campuses."

16th Annual Partners in

Education Golf Classic

Thursday, May 2, 2024

7:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM Shotgun Start

Rancho Bernardo Inn

17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive

San Diego, CA 92128

Please save the date for the 16th Annual Partners in Education Golf Classic. The tournament will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the award-winning Rancho Bernardo Inn. Registration, breakfast, and the putting contest begin at 7:30 AM with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. Proceeds from the event support activities and programs for students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). With your support, we are able to provide the extras that enrich the educational experiences of our 35,000 students. For sponsorship information, please contact Kelly Hamm at

Mark Your Calendar!

PUSD Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign - September 1 to November 28, 2023

Starstruck Recognition Gala - January 12, 2024

College & Career Fair - Spring 2024

Partners in Education Golf Classic - May 2, 2024

CTE EXPO - May 16, 2024

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