Affordable and High Quality Preschool for All
For every $1 invested in preschool, $13 is given back to the community
A dream two years ago has become reality. This fall,190 three and four-year-olds started
preschool at all four district elementary schools. Access to affordable, high quality preschool
assures greater success for the rest of a child’s academic career, lowers remedial and special
education costs, and closes the achievement gap.
Gifted and Talented Middle School Programs
PCEF is helping to develop Gifted and Talented(G & T) programs at PCSD middle schools. We are funding year-long initiatives with the expanded advisory program at Ecker Hill(iTimes) and the LEAP program at Treasure(G & T student mentoring.) In addition, PCEF is helping to fund robotics after-school programs at both schools.
Elementary After-School Programs
Four years ago, McPolin was designated a failing school by the federal government. Together with school and district administrators, PCEF supported the start of the after-school program. Today, it's the #1 elementary school in the district, one of the top performing Title 1 schools in the state, and a highly ranked school in the state overall(based on CRT's.) PCEF's original vision was to expand this program to all four elementary schools, and today, it has.
Leadership Class and Latinos in Action
Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders
Treasure Mountain Junior High School Teachers, Julie Hooker and Holly Gooch, have a vision to provide
students with the opportunity to learn and achieve leadership skills, promote inclusiveness, and
eliminate the socio economic gap. PCEF provided a grant to fund activities such as guest speakers,
field trips, and workshops to further enhance these goals.
Providing an Arts Rich Curriculum
PCEF funds several music programs including the HIgh School Youth Summer Orchestra, the Elementary Youth Orchestra Afterschool Program, and Musical Instruments at Parleys and Trailside Elementary Schools.
The High School Youth Summer Orchestra program places students alongside professional musicians from the Utah Symphony. PCHS sophomore Jeremy Billow says, “The best thing about the Summer
Orchestra Program is the opportunity to play challenging music alongside professional musicians,
with a professional conductor.”
The Elementary Orchestra After-School Program, for all 3 – 5th graders, is designed to empower students through music. By participating together in an orchestra, students acquire leadership, commitment,
and responsibility. The program is free to the students! In addition, TMJHS & PCHS students serve as
mentors and assistant teachers.
PCEF was also able to fund a grant for baritone ukuleles for the Parley’s Park 5th grade music
program. Music teacher Aaron Webb uses the ukuleles so the 5th graders can continue to learn
to play an instrument after the 4th grade recorder curriculum. The ukuleles are fun and easy to
Finally, PCEF funded the purchase of 30 baritone ukuleles for Trailside Elementary schools 4th and
5th grade music program.