So many good things have happened in the PC Foundation the past few weeks that I wanted to devote my blog to updating you.
First of all, prayers were answered when we were able to find a great person to run CareShare Christmas. We are so grateful to have Erin Brewer in place. I’ll be interviewing her soon so you can get to know her better. She’s already off and running, recruiting people, churches, businesses, and the like to adopt our children so they have a great Christmas.
Second, we finally hired a person for our brand new Community Relations Coordinator position! You may recall that Jorden Richard served in this position as an intern in the spring. She’s currently working on Capitol Hill (we’ll get an update from her in a few weeks to share), so we’ve been desperate to find the right person to help us realize the vision of this role. I’m proud to say we’ve found Sharon Williams who just started this week. We’ll interview her soon as well so you will understand why we picked this highly skilled woman to help us serve Putnam City.
But that’s not all!
Third, thanks to the Nix Foundation, we will have a brand new scholarship coming online this February. Named in honor of Nancy Talley, a longtime PC West teacher, the family starts this scholarship with a hope of reaching a non-traditional recipient. They aren’t looking for the highest GPA or the resume that’s chock full of extra-curricular activities. They are focused on helping students who are active in school, and have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is only for PC West students, as Ms. Talley taught there for 24 years. We are so thankful for their trust in us, and can’t wait to meet the first Talley Scholar.
Next, we recently learned that our orchestra programs are growing, and we need new instruments — lots of them. Programs have doubled in size, and we have three children per instrument in some cases! So we got busy trying to find some donors who love music, and thanks to the Myers Trust, our district can soon purchase several instruments to fill the gap. We still need more, though, so if you want to contribute to this effort, please make your gift here and leave a note that says it’s for instruments.
Finally, we are starting our publicity campaign for the CareShare endowment effort. We have received a $1 to $3 matching offer from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund so that we can continue to provide more Christmas gifts to more disadvantaged children long after we are all gone. Our goal is $50,000, so if you would like to make a gift in honor of CareShare founder Penny Poe, or anyone else, please do so at occf.org/pcsf today.
I can’t believe all that has happened this quarter, but I know more good things are in store for our staff and students. We feel very lucky to be that conduit from our donor’s passion to our student’s lives.