Our region and school district are coping with the effects of the coronavirus and closure of our schools and PCEF is ready to support our students.
Many of our lower income students do not have the technology and supplies needed to complete schoolwork remotely and online. Many of these children have also lost access to the federal breakfasts and lunches they enjoyed in their school buildings.
PASD has committed to ensuring our students continue to receive meal support while schools are closed in response to the COVID-19 virus. PASD and the community are making “grab and go” lunches available for ANY child (age 0 – 18) who needs it. You do not have to be on the free & reduced lunch list. No questions asked—just come pick up your lunch between 10:30 am and noon at any of the following locations:
- Barkley Elementary 320 Second Avenue
- Ann’s Heart 146 Church St (the old Sacred Heart School)
- PACS 257 Church Street
- Bethel Baptist 412 Fairview Street
Yesterday (Monday, March 16) 300 lunches were handed out to children in our community.
PASD is also working to ensure every child has internet access and adequate technology to continue to learn.
How Can You Help?
PCEF is accepting donations to the TOGETHER WE CAN fund, in order to help pay for supplemental meals for hungry students and to help provide things like WiFi hotspots and technology to students who cannot afford them.
Please consider donating to the TOGETHER WE CAN fund so that all students can continue their education during this crisis. We cannot anticipate the total cost of this effort but PCEF is hoping to raise $10,000 – and we are well on our way, thanks to some early donations.
PASD is also maintaining a database of volunteers to help with food distribution and possibly other tasks. To add your name to this list, please COMPLETE THIS FORM. Someone will contact you when your help is needed.
Thank you for your generosity!
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.
Julia 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
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!
Your donations at work!
PCEF staff delivered books to over 110 students in the Stepping Up Summer Literacy program, held at Schuylkill Elementary for selected PASD students entering 1-6th grades. Students greeted us with excitement and thanked us with hugs, smiles, and (more…)