The Pelham Education Foundation is proud to announce that its first-ever fall fundraiser, #ThankaPelhamTeacher, brought in $41,500 to fund educational programs and award grants across the Pelham school district. With approximately 240 families participating, the success of the campaign is a true testament to the generosity and civic-mindedness of the Pelham community.
After postponing last May’s fundraiser due to COVID-19, the PEF came up with the idea of a virtual fundraising drive, where members of the community could take to social media to offer thanks to and share memories of their most beloved Pelham teachers.
“I cannot thank the Pelham community enough for the extraordinary generosity they have shown,” said Julia Fuller Nakayama, President of the Pelham Education Foundation. “In this incredibly difficult time, our Pelham friends and neighbors came together and rose to meet the moment yet again. We were honored to be able to recognize the amazing Pelham teachers and staff we are so lucky to have as part of our school community and who are going the extra mile every single day in the face of significant challenges. They are all true heroes.”
In addition to enabling the PEF to continue to provide financial support to the district, the campaign served as a celebration of the reopening of our schools, and a communal show of support for our dedicated teachers and administrators. The funds will be used in part to assist the district in meeting the unique challenges of virtual and hybrid instruction brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the educational system.
For 25 years, the Pelham Education Foundation has been an integral part of the Pelham community, funding educational programs that are outside of the annual school budget To date, the PEF has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants whose aim is to strengthen and enrich curriculum, develop and promote innovative programs, support additional faculty training and resources, and provide funding for special school facilities and equipment.
The PEF thanks the generous donors, who are listed here
To learn more about the Pelham Education Foundation and the numerous grants that have been funded over the years, visit http://pelhameducationfoundation.net).