The idea of a local Education Foundation first germinated in 2005-06 with a group of concerned middle school parents who recognized the growing constraints of local, state and supplemental funding for public schools and the negative effect these constraints have on the academic achievement of Port Townsend students. In response, parents, citizens and school administrators created the Port Townsend Education Foundation, a 501c(3) organization, for the purpose of providing direct support for academic programs.
Since its inception in 2007, PTEF has raised more than $105,000 and awarded 59 grants funding various enrichment projects in the Port Townsend Public Schools. To date, PTEF-funded grants have allowed for almost 9,000 individual student impacts.
Dr. Parker MacCready of University of Washington will give the second Future of Oceans lecture at the Chapel of Fort Worden, Port Townsend on Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 pm. The subject is The Tides and Eddies in Puget Sound.
This series of five lectures, presented by Port Townsend Marine Sciences Center, began with ‘el Niño, the boy wonder of climate’ , presented by Dr. Michael McPhaden of NOAA, on Oct. 5. McPhaden drew an enthusiastic standing-room only crowd of over 200 to Fort Worden’s Chapel.
The Port Townsend Education Foundation’s sixth annual Art 4 Education auction this Saturday, Feb. 22, honors the work and career of Kathleen Burgett, a beloved former art teacher at Port Townsend High School.