The Pitman Education Foundation (PEF) recently funded $4,195.16 in grants (2016 spring semester) to teachers in the Pitman School District for 14 different projects at our schools. The PEF was organized in 1994 by five Pitman parents who wanted to provide additional educational opportunities for their children.

Since that time the PEF has funded 560 grants for a total of over $200,000 to pay for projects, equipment and field trips not funded by the school district. PEF President Merrie Owen: “We believe these grants have made significant educational impact and on the students of the Pitman School Districtand have enriched their educational experience.”  The PEF is also building a trust fund to ensure the organization continues to thrive.

Some of the grants funded for the 2015/2016 school year include:

• $312 to Kindle School for 2 snare drums;

• $340 to Walls School for a chick incubation project;

• $200 to the High School to fund a Civil Ware program;

• Over $229.45 to Memorial School for small group reading materials.

The PEF is currently planning their 6th Annual Panther Prowl, a 5K road race to be held on Saturday, October 15th as a fundraiser. Owen: “The PEF depends on the generosity of local residents and businesses to carry on its work.”

Anyone interested in joining the PEF Board and/or helping to organize the upcoming road race can call Merrie at 856-589-8417 or Judy at 856-589-0435.

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