Our Innovation Arts Grants have funded more than $40,000 in arts-related field trips and classroom projects since 2012. These classroom grants allow teachers with great ideas to bring innovative art projects to their students. We also partner with local arts organizations like the Erie Playhouse, Erie Philharmonic and Erie Arts & Culture to leverage their work inside our schools.
We recognize that Academics are the cornerstone of our students' education. The Foundation for EPS raises funds to support various academic projects including the Advanced Manufacturing programs at Erie High School, career-exploration in our three middle schools, district-wide Health & Wellness initiatives, after-school programming and enrichment activities.
Our support in this area included the purchase of all new uniforms for the Erie High Royals during their inaugural seasons in 2017-18. We also provided start-up funding for “feeder” programs in football, baseball and softball at the middle school level in 2016.
We recognize that economic conditions in the City of Erie have left many of our Erie’s Public Schools’ students in need of basic assistance. Although in its early phases, we plan to develop a program to support students’ basic needs -- school uniforms, school supplies, cold weather clothing, etc. The Foundation for EPS also supports district-level work in Erie’s Public Schools by acting as the fiscal agent for various parent and booster organizations. In this way, we provide financial oversight and assistance to parent groups to allow them to focus on their support of student activities, teams and parent organizations.
We are proud of our Erie's Public Schools and we want our students, staff and community to share this pride. Since 2014, the Foundation for EPS has sponsored an annual “We Love Erie's Public Schools Week” during the month of February. We also sponsored a Legislative Brunch to raise awareness about policy issues affecting Erie's Public Schools and the 2015 Fund Our Schools rally at Veterans Stadium.