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School Supply Drive 2017

It’s Back to School Time!
Wait, didn’t summer just start?!  Many people don’t start thinking of back-to-school until August, but our PCEF volunteers are gearing up for our Pack-a-Backpack Program.  Our program provides grade-appropriate school supplies and backpacks to students in need (more…)

2017-10-25T18:42:22-04:00July 11th, 2017|Featured, Program News|

Giving Tuesday

Today is the day when many of us give back to our community. We encourage all of you to consider making a donation to help support education right here in Phoenixville.

I’d like to share a story of how your gift can make a difference:

Every Friday a first-grade student at Barkley Elementary named Julia* takes home a special blue backpack. In that backpack she has a weekend’s worth of easy-to-prepare food for her and her family.

foodpacksJulia and 62 other PASD students used to go home for the weekend to insufficient sources of good nutrition, returning to school undernourished and not physically ready to learn.

PCEF sponsors the Phantom Foodpacks program, which provides these backpacks of food for Julia and other food-insecure PASD students, ensuring that ALL of our young pupils return to class on Monday ready to learn.

As part of #Giving Tuesday, you can make a donation to help provide these crucial supplies of food. You can also make a general donation to PCEF in support of all our work.

*Not her real name

Click Here to Make a Difference


You can provide our children with the gift of education and open up the world to them

Thank you for your generous support of PCEF!

Joan Cadigan
Executive Director

2016-11-29T12:05:27-05:00November 29th, 2016|Featured, General|

Text 243725 to Donate to Pack a Backpack

Every August the Ed Foundation donates over 500 backpacks (fully stocked with school supplies) to students who can’t afford the tools needed to learn.  Click here to learn more about our Pack a Backpack program.

Right now YOU can help us with a simple text from your phone!

By texting the word Backpack to 243725 right now, you can donate the amount you choose to this special “fill the backpacks” campaign.

Click here for more information.

2015-05-18T14:44:19-04:00May 18th, 2015|Featured, Program News|

It’s Pack A Backpack Time Again and PCEF Needs Your Help!

With the beginning of August comes the beginning of the back to school season! For most families, this means a trip to the store to stock up on backpacks and school supplies so that their children will start the school year off with all the necessary tools.

For some families, providing their children with the required school supplies is a financial hardship. As one of the PCEF flagship programs, Pack A Backpack assists these families in need, so that their children arrive at school on the first day with all the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. (more…)

2016-11-13T14:04:04-05:00August 3rd, 2012|Featured, Program News|

PCEF Makes $10,000 Donation to Assist Students with Pay to Participate Fees

Due to deep budget cuts in educational funding, the Phoenixville Area School District (PASD) School Board adopted a “Pay to Participate” fee to offset some of the costs of the middle school and high school extracurricular activities.  These fees may not be a financial burden to some families, but for other families, it will prevent their child from getting involved at school. (more…)

2016-11-13T14:04:05-05:00October 3rd, 2011|Featured, Program News|
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