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  • Petoskey Education Foundation

    Our Mission Statement:
    The mission of the Petoskey Education Foundation is to raise funds to help students and support programs and/or facility improvements in the Public Schools of Petoskey that the district is unable to achieve through other means.

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    Dear Friends,

    The Petoskey Education Foundation (PEF) was established in 1989 to raise funds in a perpetuating manner so that special help could be provided to students attending the Public Schools of Petoskey; this includes scholarships, programs and facility improvements which the school district could not otherwise afford.  During the 2015-2016 school year, 17 scholarships (totaling $21,000) were awarded to elementary, middle school and high school students.  In addition, $16,112 was awarded to students and faculty for mini-grants.  The board of trustees would like to thank those people, organizations and businesses that have helped in any way to make the work of PEF successful.  Good schools and prosperous communities result from the cooperative efforts of people working together!  We look forward to greater success in the future as others learn of our endeavors.  By working for the benefit of our community’s youth, we invest in their future—and ours!  Thank you for your kindness and support.

    Gratefully,
    Your Board of Trustees
    Petoskey Education Foundation

    2015-2016 Annual Report

    • Scholarships

      PETOSKEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

      ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN APRIL 15

      Petoskey Education Foundation High School Senior Scholarships

      The Petoskey Education Foundation awards the following scholarships to qualified graduating seniors.  The application for these scholarships is available by clicking on the underlined title/link above. Completed applications for this scholarship must be returned to the Petoskey High School CRC no later than April 15.

       

      John Newton Memorial Scholarship

      One award of up to $3,000 to an outstanding PHS senior who has excelled in an academically rigorous and well-rounded course of study, demonstrated leadership, character, service and will be attending an institution of higher education.

       
      Jack and Dorothy Harris Liberal Arts Scholarship

      One award of up to $2,000 to an outstanding PHS senior who has excelled in an academically rigorous and well-rounded course of liberal arts study and will be attending an institution of higher education.

       

      Vera Jean and Marjorie Winnell Scholarship

      One award of up to $2,000 to an outstanding PHS senior who has excelled in an academically rigorous and well-rounded course of study, demonstrated leadership, character and will be attending an institution of higher education.

       

      Doris Reber Class of 1932 Scholarship

      One award of up to $2,000 to an outstanding PHS senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will attend Michigan State University in one of the following majors: Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, Child Development, Apparel and Textile Design, Apparel and Textiles, Marketing, Human Development and Family Studies or Family Community Services.  Applicants for this scholarship MUST submit a letter from Michigan State University with their scholarship application that confirms their qualifying major.

       

      Scholar/Athlete Scholarship

      One award of up to $2,000 to an outstanding PHS senior who has excelled in an academically rigorous and well-rounded course of study, been a member of any PHS athletic team and will be attending an institution of higher education.

       

      Fine Arts Scholarship

      One award of up to $2,000 to an outstanding PHS senior who has who has excelled in an academically rigorous and well-rounded course of study, participated in a fine arts programming and will be attending an institution of higher education.

       

      Science/Math Scholarship

      One award of up to $2,000 to an outstanding PHS senior who has excelled in an academically rigorous and well-rounded course of science and/or math study and will be attending an institution of higher education.

       

      Community Service Scholarship

      One award of up to $2,000 to an outstanding PHS senior who has excelled in an academically rigorous and well-rounded course of study, made a significant contribution to the community through service and will be attending an institution of higher education.

      Petoskey Education Foundation High School Undergraduate Scholarships

      Petoskey Education Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to qualified Petoskey High School students currently in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade who have an interest in furthering their education by taking summer instructional programs related to science, technology, music, leadership, debate, visual arts or other academic endeavors. Scholarships up to the amount of $500 each will be awarded to eligible students for summer study. The application for these scholarships is available by clicking on the underlined title/link above. Completed applications for this scholarship must be returned to the Petoskey High School CRC no later than April 15.

       

      Petoskey Education Foundation Middle School Scholarships 

      Petoskey Education Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to qualified Petoskey Middle School students currently in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade who have an interest in furthering their education by taking summer instructional programs related to science, technology, music, leadership, debate, visual arts or other academic endeavors. Scholarships up to the amount of $500 each will be awarded to eligible students for summer study. The application for these scholarships is available by clicking on the underlined title/link above. Completed applications for this scholarship must be returned to the Petoskey Middle School Enrichment Room no later than April 15.

      Petoskey Education Foundation Middle School William R. Todd-Bay View Association Scholarship 

      The Petoskey Education Foundation William R. Todd/Bay View Association scholarship is awarded to a qualified 7th or 8th grade Petoskey Middle School student who has an interest in furthering his/her instrumental music instruction at Bay View. One scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student for eight (8) one-hour weekly lessons at Bay View for the summer. The application for these scholarships is available by clicking on the underlined title/link above. Completed applications for this scholarship must be returned to the band directors no later than April 15.

      • Calendar & Donation Opportunities

        Petoskey Education Foundation Calendar

        The PEF strives to enhance the educational experience within the Public Schools of Petoskey.  Continued educational improvement takes strong efforts from the entire community.  An important rung in the ladder where we all can assist our students is funding for the PEF.  The scholarships and student/teacher grants are funded 100% by generous donations from the public. 

        The three fun events listed below -- as well as the listed donation opportunities -- are vehicles by which you can donate to the continuing efforts of the PEF to make the Public Schools of Petoskey a world-class institution for learning and personal growth.   If you would like to discuss other donation opportunities, feel free to personally contact one of the Petoskey Education Foundation trustees.


        February: Pizza Pizzazz
        On the last Monday in February, participating Petoskey pizza parlors donate $1 for each pizza purchased to the Petoskey Education Foundation. It's a perfect time to host a pizza party at your office or treat the family to a pizza dinner, all the while knowing you're supporting the Public Schools of Petoskey. 

        July 12, 2018: Golf Outing
        On the second Thursday of each July, the Petoskey Education Foundation hosts its charity golf outing at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Play as an individual, gather your foursome or contribute as a sponsor of the outing.

        Spring: Annual Dinner
        Purchase tickets for the Petoskey Education Foundation Annual Dinner held each Spring (April or May) at a wonderful local restaurant. There are no long speeches, no award presentations, and no customary board proceedings -- just a warm "thank you" and a delicious four-course dinner.

        Petoskey Education Foundation Donation Opportunities

        Bequests - An addition to your will, with the help of your attorney, reduces the size of your taxable estate. Therefore, the costs of your bequest may be offset by a reduction in state and federal inheritance taxes.

        Life Insurance -
         Arrange a new policy with the Petoskey Education Foundation as the beneficiary, or donate a paid-up policy.

        Real Estate - A piece of property, a cottage, a farm or a home may be a donation to the Foundation.

        Securities -
         Stocks and/or bond investment proceeds may be donated to the Petoskey Education Foundation.

        Memorial Contributions -
         Contributions may be made in the memory of a loved one.

        Honorary Contributions -
         Contributions may be made to honor a special teacher, friend, relative or family member.

        Petoskey Schools Payroll Deduction - PEF_donation_form_2015 
        • Board of Trustees

           Petoskey Education Foundation Trustees

          (in alphabetical order): 

          • Mark Ashley,  Representative, Public Schools of Petoskey Board of Education
          • Jim Kan, Chairman 
          • Barb Kurtz
          • Mary Ling, Representative, Public Schools of Petoskey Board of Education
          • Jill Porter-Marsh
          • Joan Marshall
          • Mona O’Neil, Treasurer
          • Joyce Riordan
          • John Scholten, Superintendent, Public Schools of Petoskey
          • Carlin Smith
          • Bob Waldvogel
          • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

            We know that there are many questions surrounding the topic of private funding for public K-12 education as well as the need/scope of Education Foundations.  Review the questions and answers below to learn more.  And, of course, please contact us with any further questions.


            Why do we have to raise private dollars for programs in the Petoskey Public Schools?  Shouldn’t this be covered by our property and sales taxes?

            Petoskey offers a comprehensive public school system with an esteemed reputation. Funding for public schools in Petoskey is no longer controlled locally, but at the state level.  Of each tax dollar property owners in Petoskey pay to public K-12 education, the state now dictates the amount of funds sent back to the Public Schools of Petoskey.  It is not legal for local school districts to tax themselves to provide increases in school operating funds.  We must find new sources of revenue for our schools, and private giving is one of just a few options.  Communities can levy millages for capital expenses (like a new sports complex, building repairs, technology), but not for operating expenses (staff, supplies, instructional support).


            Why does Petoskey need an Educational Foundation?

            Petoskey needs an Educational Foundation to help sustain the quality of the Petoskey community.  Nothing contributes more to the future of a community than the quality of the education the community provides its children.  The Petoskey Educational Foundation was established in 1989 to secure resources to support quality education through innovative programs, creative opportunities and imaginative approaches to learning. The programs that the Educational Foundation has historically funded have enriched the curriculum, inspired students and staff and expanded the community’s involvement in public education.  Without funding from private sources to supplement the money distributed by the state, our Public Schools of Petoskey are left with only an adequate education.  The economic condition of the state, not Petoskey, is the driving factor in school funding.  The state is doing the best it can with its resources.  Now, more than ever, the Educational Foundation is poised to provide opportunities for exceptional learning that our district may not be able to offer due to fiscal constraints.


            Why don’t we get federal funding to contribute to the Public Schools of Petoskey?

            Funding for Michigan schools comes almost entirely through the state.  There is virtually no money available to individual school districts from the federal government.


            Why are the schools in Petoskey so strapped for funds when the area has some of the highest-priced real estate in Michigan and a high tax rate?

            Real estate values in Petoskey no longer have a direct correlation to school funding in Petoskey.  That was changed with Prop A; all funds raised by property taxes in the state go to Lansing, where they are then redistributed.  School funds returned to Petoskey from Lansing do not equal 100% of what was sent.  The formula for funding schools under Prop A doesn’t work in a struggling economy – exactly where the state of Michigan has been for the last several years.  Statewide budget shortfalls have created hardships in nearly every school district in the state.


            How is the Petoskey Education Foundation governed?

            The PEF is governed by 11 volunteer trustees who seek contributions, select worthwhile projects and distribute funds.  While the board of trustees operates independently of the Petoskey Board of Education and the school district administration, its sole mission is to help all Public Schools of Petoskey students achieve their highest potential by providing community support for innovative and excellent educational opportunities within the Public Schools of Petoskey. 


            How does the Foundation fund projects?

            The PEF seeks tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses, organizations and trusts.  Funds are not intended to replace school operating taxes for basic, day-to-day operations.


            How may contributions to the Foundation be made?

            • Cash • Stocks • Wills • Bonds • Trusts • Endowments • Insurance policies • Grants

            Our cash assets are held in conservative, secure investments at our local banks, and funds donated to our endowments will be permanently invested with the Petoskey- Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation using their investment strategies and protocols.


            Is my donation tax-deductible?

            Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  The Petoskey Education Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and if requested we will mail the donor a receipt for any contribution made.

            • Contact Information

              Please contact us at:

              Petoskey Education Foundation
              1130 Howard St.
              Petoskey, MI 49770
              (231) 348-2100