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Please Donate to the Pegasus Education Foundation, Paulsboro NJ Fund
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Please Donate to the Pegasus Education Foundation, Paulsboro NJ Fund
Mission of the Pegasus Education Foundation The Pegasus Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation with the mission of enhancing teaching and learning in the Paulsboro Public Schools. The Foundation provides: • Resources such as Action Grants to teachers to implement innovative programs for students. • Living essentials such as food to families of students in need. • Resources to aid students in the transition from high school to college, vocational training, and careers. • Funding for 21st century programs such as a Preschool – 12 STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Ongoing Pegasus Education Foundation Projects: Feed the Children Campaign At this time, nearly 51% of the youngsters attending the Paulsboro Public Schools are considered economically disadvantaged. The number of homeless students is also increasing. As a result, the district was accepted into the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. This federally funded program provides free breakfast and lunch for every student enrolled in the school district. Unfortunately, food insecurity remains a significant challenge for many students. In order to address this challenge, the Board of Education and the Pegasus Education Foundation partnered to create the Feed the Children Campaign. Feed the Children provides $50 gift cards to local grocery stores to assist some of the neediest families. To date, approximately 480 gift cards have been/will be distributed. It is noteworthy that the Carmel S. Morina Sons of Italy Lodge conducted a benefit spaghetti dinner on July 7, 2023. The Lodge donated every dollar ($2,591) raised to Foundation to use in the Feed the Children Campaign. Pegasus Scholars Students are able to earn college create while still in high school by participating in dual credit and high school option programs. Statewide, 22.3% of students earn college credit prior to high school graduation. Unfortunately, prior to the 2022-2023 school year, no Paulsboro High School students earned college credit prior to graduation. During the 2022-2023 school year, the Board of Education and Pegasus Education Foundation partnered to pay tuition costs for the 22 (11% of the PHS junior and senior students) Paulsboro High School students who participated in college credit programs. During the first semester of the current school year, 24 students earned college credit. When second semester courses are recorded, Paulsboro High School will be very close to the state average for these programs. The Foundation also wrote an application for a United Way of Gloucester County Live United Grant to help fund the Pegasus Schools Program. The grant was awarded in the amount of $1,000. The purpose of this grant was to help increase equity and diversity. At present, 56% of the Pegasus Scholars are students of color. The school administration and staff are now working to remove other barrier to participation in rigorous college courses. By illustration, many parents find the application process daunting. To address this challenge, an evening meeting took place at PHS so that college representatives and school staff could help parents with the application process. Another barrier to participating in college level courses is that students must pass the Accuplacer examination prior to enrolling. Transportation to colleges to take the exam was a barrier for many students. In order to address this challenge, the administration is working to have Accuplacer administered at Paulsboro High School. The district is also conducting after school tutoring courses to prepare student for Accuplacer. STEAM Center at Loudenslager Elementary School Another successful project jointly funded by the Pegasus Education Foundation and Paulsboro Board of Education is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Center at Loudenslager Elementary School. Every student in grades 3-6 continue to have two periods of STEAM instruction every week in the state-of-the-art STEAM Center. I encourage you to go on Facebook and friend “Rebecca Ann” in order to see the high-quality activities taking place in the STEAM Center. STEAM Center at Billingsport Early Childhood Center STEAM instruction is also underway at Billingsport Early Childhood Center. Every student from preschool through grade 2 now receives two periods per week of hands-on STEAM activities. Having said this, the preschool through grade six component of the districtwide STEAM Academy is now “up and running” thanks to your generosity. While STEAM instruction is taking place, work still needs to be done to make the STEAM Center at Billingsport a user-friendly facility. Once again, Garrison Architects is leading the way by providing its design expertise free of charge. The Foundation is expecting the Board of Education to submit grant applications as follows. As always, the Foundation will donate matching funds to those provided by the Board of Education. o The desktop and laptop computers are physically too large for the preschool and kindergarten students. The school will ask the Foundation to help purchase iPads so that these children can fully participate in STEAM activities. o The technology room was designed for desktop computers. These fixed place computer locations are not user friendly for students moving from activity to activity using laptops and iPads. As a result, the school will ask to partner with the Foundation to update the electric and internet wiring in the technology room and STEAM Center. o Now that both Loudenslager Elementary School and Billingsport Early Childhood Center have STEAM Centers, it is important for the teachers to coordinate the curriculum and instruction being offered. Funds will be needed to pay the teachers for professional development time after school and on weekends.
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