While the Pleasanton Unified School District may be strapped for cash along with other school districts across the state, it seems to have an abundance of people willing to donate to the schools.
Pleasanton's two educational foundations has joined the district to put together the I Love Pleasanton Schools campaign to raise money for programs that could have been supported if a parcel tax had passed.
The effort began June 15 and will kickoff publicly with a rally from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 25 at Amador Valley High School's quad, located at 1155 Santa Rita Road. The event will include music, food, local dignitaries and an opportunity for residents to donate to either Pleasanton Partners in Education (PPIE) or Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment (PSEE).
Debi Covello, executive director of PPIE, said the donations keep rising by the hour, with both foundations receiving "over $100,000 thus far." PPSE President and Chairwoman Denise Watkins said that in addition to the PSEE base donation of $35,000, people have also donated about $20,000 since the effort began.
Donations of about $8,000 have been dropped off to the school district offices. Carol Fernandez, administrative assistant for the PUSD superintendent, said people can drop off checks at the district offices, located at 4665 Bernal Ave.
Funds designated for PPIE are said to support class-size reduction, reading specialist and counselors, with donations to PSEE going towards the elementary strings and band programs. The goal of the I Love Pleasanton Schools campaign is to raise $2.8 million, which would bring class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and ninth grade English and math to a ratio of 20 students per teacher (currently 25:1), as well as improving counseling rations to 2008-09 levels.
Ron Hyde, retired superior court judge and PPIE board member, said at a recent board meeting that every penny donated to the fundraising effort would go towards Pleasanton schools.
The campaign will end Aug. 15, in time for the school district to renew contracts with some teachers and staff who have already received notices of final layoff notices.
To donate to PPIE visit www.ppie.org or mail a check to PPIE, 333 Division St., Pleasanton, CA, 94566. Donations to PSEE can be made at www.psee.org or by mailing a check to PSEE, 351 Virginia Way, Pleasanton, CA 94566.