The Pettisville School Foundation announced the creation of a new fund to help students “participate fully.”
In a press release, Foundation officials said the purpose of the fund is to “assist students who are experiencing a financial situation that would hinder them from participating fully in student life at Pettisville.
“It might be admission to an event, supplies for a project, or other unmet needs where $50 or $75 or so might help.”
The fund will consider any needs students may have, not just school-related needs.
The new fund was named the Family Fund by PSF, in reference to the Pettisville School Family, which they say is used to describe the entire Pettisville school organization including students, staff, and alumni.
In the release, Foundation officials said, “In a family, members work together for the benefit of all. The Family Fund is an additional way we support each other.”
Those needing help will be identified through contact with the high school and elementary school principals and counselors.
Steve Switzer, superintendent and Foundation executive director, said the fund was created not because of an increase in students needing assistance, but “more because of an increased awareness on our part of the challenges our students are facing.”
Guidelines are in place, Switzer said, but the fund will be used to address needs whenever the Foundation can help.
The PSF was founded in 1986 to encourage gifts and contributions to support Pettisville Local Schools.
The Foundation organization includes a board of trustees, with two trustees appointed by the board of education and seven elected by the membership.
In a related move, the Pettisville Board of Education last month authorized free family sports passes to all who participate in the free and reduced lunch program.
Families will be notified of the free pass offer and could apply for the free pass through the school office.
Both programs will start in November and be reevaluated at the end of the school year.–D.J. Neuenschwander