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Make this the week you help schools through Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Uploaded: Jan 5, 2018
With students heading back to school Monday after a two-week holiday break, it's a good time to remember to give to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which will benefit Pleasanton schools.

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation is one of 12 nonprofits that will benefit from contributions to the current campaign, which closes next Friday, Jan. 12.

PPIE is an organization that has a collaborative relationship with the Pleasanton Unified School District and contributes to the needs of Pleasanton students and educators.

Although the organization hosts its own community fundraising events each year and raises funds through donations and grants from regional companies and organizations, it also benefits from the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

"Thank you, Pleasanton Weekly, for your great generosity," said Steve McCoy-Thompson, PPIE's executive director. "These donations help us achieve our goals."

Steve McCoy-Thompson, standing upper left in photo, is shown presenting gift of video lighting kits to Pleasanton school principals and vice principals.

For 30 years, PPIE has supported all Pleasanton students at all schools with critical funding, grants and programs. After the 2008 economic crisis, PPIE raised additional funds from Pleasanton families and businesses to sustain lower class sizes in elementary schools. PPIE has also funded instructional coaches to provide best practices in math, English and technology at all schools.

PPIE raises approximately 80% of funds from Pleasanton families who want to support Pleasanton schools. Additional funds come from the Weekly's Holiday Fund, corporate sponsors and signature annual events such as the Pleasanton Run for Education, which will be held this year on April 15, and the Fall Gala scheduled for Oct. 12. More information is available at

Altogether, this season's Holiday Fund will benefit 12 nonprofits, with contributions to be split between two tiers.

In Tier 1, the recipients that will share equally in 50% of total 2017 receipts are:
* Axis Community Health
* Valley Humane Society
* ValleyCare Charitable Foundation

The Tier 2 recipients that will share equally in 50% of total receipts are:
* Agape Villages Foster Family Agency
* Hope Hospice
* Open Heart Kitchen
* REACH for Special Adults of the Tri-Valley
* Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation
* Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
* Sunflower Hill
* Tri-Valley YMCA

Again this year, the Weekly is partnering with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which is handling all finances related to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. Since the Pleasanton Weekly handles all costs of the campaign, that means that every dollar will go directly to the 12 nonprofits with no administrative expenses.

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