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Hello Portland Public School Education Team,

The member organizations of Culture Club-Portland hope you have been having a splendid school year! It has been wonderful to get to work with many of you and your students this year. We are writing with exciting information about next year’s programming.

As a reminder, Culture Club-Portland, established in 2012, is a consortium of local arts organizations created to support cultural experiences for students in public schools. The consortium, brought together by a generous anonymous donor, includes the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Ovations, Portland Stage, and Portland Symphony Orchestra. Culture Club-Portland has the aspirational goal of providing a free arts experience in all four member organizations for every child in Portland Public Schools, every year. Portland Education Foundation serves as the scal agent for Culture Club-Portland and as the liaison to Portland Public Schools. Culture Club-Portland programs are generously supported through the philanthropy of an anonymous benefactor, The Old Bug Light Foundation, and the Ernie Ayer Education Foundation.

As always, please be in touch. We are grateful to be a part of your school community.

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Portland Public Library – Annual Book Sale, June 8 & 9

Announcing the Portland Public Library – Annual Book Sale, June 8 & 9

TEN FREE BOOKS for ALL PPS EdUCATORS

June 8 (Friday Preview) and June 9 (Saturday SALE!)

NEW LOCATION: PPL Collections Center at 1000 Riverside Street

Preview night: Friday, June 8 from 5-8pm

Sale day: Saturday, June 9 from 9am-3pm

And the WINNERS are…

Announcing the PEF Spring for Teachers 2018 Raffle Winners!

The winner of the Two LL Bean Kayaks, Paddles and PFDs – Susie and Steve Schwartz

And, winners of the following:

1) An overnight at the Press Hotel, Fore Street Gift Certificate, and 2 Tickets to the Portland Symphony Orchestra: Lisa Merchant

2) Sea Dogs Sky Box – Rosie Lenehan

3) Bay Club 3-month Membership & Flow Fold Backpack – Jeanne Swanton

4) Catered Lobster Dinner – Matt Early

Summer is coming…. Here’s your chance to win two L.L. Bean Kayaks- plus two PFD’s!


L.L. Bean has generously donated a set of two kayaks and two pfd’s that will go home with one lucky winner! 

Raffle Tickets are $20 each, and there is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. 

The winner will be chose at random on Monday, May 8th at the Portland Education Foundation Spring For Teachers event, an evening of fun, community, and support for the PEF Teacher Grants Program.

Kayaks can be delivered to your home within a 10 mile radius of Portland. Or, you can arrange for delivery/pick up.

Tickets can be purchased online, or you can mail a check to PEF at 353 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101. Checks must be received by 5/8 or the ticket holder will be ineligible.

(You don not have to be present to win.)

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

STK Foundation Grant

Portland Education Foundation Awarded $50,000 Grant from The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation for PreK-Grade 5 Literacy Resources!

This program addresses a general lack of funding for books and literacy resources, helps to build collections that honor and celebrate culture and language differences, thereby helping to meet students where they are and bridge gaps between students from different backgrounds.

“We know that students benefit greatly from having a variety of reading materials at different levels and genres. We rarely have the opportunity to make this level of investment in classroom libraries,” said Portland Public Schools (PPS) Superintendent Xavier Botana.

“We are very grateful to The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation for their generous gift.”

PEF will host the Second Annual Spring for Teachers Event on Monday, May 7th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Bunker Brewing Taproom at 17 Westfield Street in Portland. 

Please purchase your ticket at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-for-teachers-2018-tickets-43882784590

2017 Portland Public Library Annual Book Sale

What:

Portland Public Schools Educators are invited to shop the 2017 Portland Public Library Annual Book Sale and choose up to TEN BOOKS FREE for a classroom or school library. Please bring employee identification with you to the sale.

When:

June 15-17 (Thursday through Saturday)
Thursday 5pm-8pm (there is no charge to attend the Thursday night shopping hours) Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-3pm

Where:

Maine Girls Academy 631 Stevens Avenue

This is a Gift In Kind program unique to Portland Public Schools and the Portland Public Library.
The PEF Teacher Grants Program consistently demonstrates a need for books in PPS classrooms and libraries.

All of us at PPS and PEF are immensely grateful to the Staff and Trustees at the Portland Public Library for their generosity.

For more information, please email:

info@foundationforpps.org

Arts for All – Old Port Magazine (March 2017)

Culture Club engages students in Portland Public Schools

Standing in the center of a noisy fifth-grade classroom at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland, Hannah Cordes gets the students’ attention by placing her thumb on her forehead and wiggling her fingers while she says, “Wapoosh!” The children repeat the goofy gesture—the “Silent Unicorn”—and settle into a seated circle focused on Cordes, education manager for Portland Stage Company, for today’s workshop. “What do you remember about the play?” she asks brightly, referring to Charles Dickens’ Holiday Classic, which the class recently saw at Portland Stage. “I liked the flying bed,” offers one girl. “No offense to Bob Cratchit, but he was acting like a doormat,” says a boy.

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Summer is coming…. Here’s your chance to win two L.L. Bean Kayaks- plus two PFD’s!


L.L. Bean has generously donated a set of two kayaks and two pfd’s that will go home with one lucky winner! 

Raffle Tickets are $20 each, and there is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. 

The winner will be chose at random on Monday, May 8th at the Portland Education Foundation Spring For Teachers event, an evening of fun, community, and support for the PEF Teacher Grants Program.

Kayaks can be delivered to your home within a 10 mile radius of Portland. Or, you can arrange for delivery/pick up.

Tickets can be purchased online, or you can mail a check to PEF at 353 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101. Checks must be received by 5/8 or the ticket holder will be ineligible.

(You don not have to be present to win.)

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Anonymous donor gives additional $450,000 for arts program in Portland schools

An anonymous donor is giving $450,000 to provide three more years of arts funding to the Portland School District, bringing his total contributions to more than $1 million in seven years.

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