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.
To guide the Foundation’s work, the following Mission Statement was adopted:
“The mission of the Port Townsend Education Foundation is to engage the community in raising funds for public education that support and enhance academic achievement in the Port Townsend School District.”
The Port Townsend Education Foundation has been heartened by the community’s generous support in response to efforts to strenthen ties with the public school district.