RIF Grant Provides Free Books to Students

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools recently partnered with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). RIF, a national children’s literacy nonprofit, provided free books to the district’s fourth- and fifth-graders through RIF’s Books for Ownership program.

Save the Date: Spring for Teachers 2020

Spring for Teachers 2020

Spring for Teachers highlights the classroom innovations and curricular enrichment opportunities made possible by the Foundation for Portland Public Schools Teacher Grants Program.

  • What: Spring for Teachers 2020
  • When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 6:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Where: Allagash Brewery, 50 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103

The Spring for Teachers event helps us to fund our annual Teacher Grants Program. In the Fall 2019 grant cycle, 75 teacher grants were awarded totaling just over $47,000. This directly impacted the educational experiences of over 5,000 Portland Public School students!

Look for tickets on sale coming soon.

Schools Receive PPS Food Fund Grants

King Middle School, Riverton Elementary School and Casco Bay High School have received Portland Public Schools (PPS) Food Fund mini-grants for projects that foster food security for students and their families.

Fund For Students to Pursue Extracurriculars

Download our SPRING 2018 Newsletter

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.


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

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


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 Foundation for Portland Public Schools Spring For Teachers event, an evening of fun, community, and support for the FPPS 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.)


STK Foundation Grant

Foundation for Portland Public Schools 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.”

Foundation for Portland Public Schools 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. 

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