The mission of the Foundation for Pottstown Education is to raise funds for and support life-changing educational opportunities for the students and teachers in the Pottstown School District promoting the enhancement of our community.
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During the academic year 2019/20, the Foundation for Pottstown Education and our donors sponsored programs, scholarships and services totaling more than $411,000.
CHROMEBOOKS – Our donors helped to provide 780 Chromebooks to the students in the Pottstown School District enabling them to continue their academic year online due to the COVID-19 virus. The total of the donation was $273,300.
FOOD DRIVE – The Foundation provided $5,000 to the District’s Food Drive supporting our families who count on the District’s breakfast and lunch program, in which the distribution of the food was temporarily effected by the COVID-19 virus.
SCHOLARSHIPS – 81 Pottstown students were awarded $35,400 in scholarship.
FIELD TRIPS – 130 Middle School students attended iFly in King of Prussia where they learned about wind tunnels.
70 Rupert Elementary 4th graders participated in team building skills on a low ropes course at Althouse Arboretum.
20 Pre-K students at Lincoln Elementary learned about the life cycle of apples at Weavers Orchard.
TUITION EARNED – 29 Pottstown High School juniors and seniors earned more than 400 college credits at the West Campus of the Montgomery County Community College.
Pottstown Senior High Students earned credits worth more than $50,000 through taking the AP tests funded by the Foundation.
PEAK – the Foundation funded the Pottstown Early Kindergarten Readiness Program more than $45,000 to support our community pre-school students’ education.
RESIDENCY PROGRAM – 9 Pottstown School District Teachers were awarded a forgivable loan enabling them to purchase a home in the Borough of Pottstown. Estimated tax revenue from these homes for the Pottstown School District is more than $23,000 annually.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – the Foundation was a sponsor for this year’s production of Seussical the Musical. For the first time in the history of the musical, a special sensory friendly performance was held. The Foundation provided 150 tickets to our special needs students and their families.
EQUIPMENT – the Foundation provided more than $25,000 for the purchase of a robotic computer control unit for the Engineering program, enabling students to learn how to develop programs and work in industrial automation.
The Foundation also funded $23,000 for the Auto Technology Program to purchase an alignment machine which will teach the students how to align many makes of cars and making them even more marketable in the job market.
“Thank you for all of your efforts, it means a lot to us and the students. You know what a struggle it is for us and for our district. Our students appreciate everyone working so hard for them, and we do as well.”- Pottstown Area School District Board of Education President Amy Francis upon receiving the initial funds of $200,000 for the purchase of Chromebooks.
“The Early College Program, providing that level of college experience, is the most significant program I’ve been grateful to have been a part of. All of the college acceptances and financial aid I’ve been given, I can honestly say, I wouldn’t have imagined it to have been this beneficial without the Pottstown Foundation for Education. That very ability to obtain college experience, up to 30 college credits worth of experience for free, is what sets the Early College Program students apart from other students in the U.S., when applying to colleges and universities.” Kenil Patel PHS and ECP Graduate Class of 2017