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Poquoson’s Run For The Bulls

 5 K Run & 4 Mile Walk

Saturday, October 29

Click here for all the details and registration.



PEF Honors PCPS 2016 Retirees

PEF continued the tradition of honoring  soon-to-be retired employees with a surprise visit.  Each person is presented with flowers and a gift card to Surf Rider Restaurant.  We wish all of them the very best in this new phase in life.

PEF president Judy McCormick and Director Mary Earle Stallings visited each retiree in June. Top row: PPS retiree, Judy Stewart; PPS retiree, Marilyn Sanders; Retiree, Bob Wheless. Bottom row: PMS retiree, Judy Powell, PMS retiree, Doreen Nadolny; PHS retiree, Gail Griffin. Also retiring from PPS is Cathy Janson and from PCPS central office, Gail Elmakis.

Congratulations  2016 Scholarship Recipients

See a list of winners and link to photos.



Grant applications for Fall, 2016 are ready!



Congratulations Spring 2016 Grant Winners

The PEF “Prize Patrol” made appearances recently at all four schools to award  spring grants.  A total of 30 teachers received grant monies totaling $9201.10.  This brings the total of funds  awarded this school year to $19,704! These grants provided materials, equipment, and books that support classroom and curricula needs.  Read more about this year’s grants.

Donations to PEF that support these grants may be mailed to Poquoson Education Foundation, PO Box 2425, Poquoson, VA 23662. Donations may also be made online by going to www.pefva.org.

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TOP LEFT: PMS Spring 2016 grant winners Front: second from left, Leslie Harris, Debbie Smith, David Siegel. Back: Cathy Holland, Pam Miller, Marie Call, Katie Crago, Chris Tyler and PEF Director, Pat Kimsey. Front left: Karon Martin, bookkeeper, who was awarded balloons for keeping excellent grant records for PEF. TOP RIGHT: PES Spring 2016 grant winners– Antonia Diggs, Susan Northcutt, Jaclyn Sinclair, Martinee Avery, Tim Hatok, Lavonne Sturm, Joy Parr. BOTTOM LEFT: PHS Spring 2016 grant winners–Marie Call, Becky Morrison, and in receipt of PR checks and balloons for winners Lisa Bowden and Jennifer Romanelli, Marcus Nieves (Career and Technical Education Department Chair). Second from left: Beverly Naylor, bookkeeper, with balloons, recognized for keeping excellent grant financial records for PEF. FRONT RIGHT: PPS 2016 Spring grant winners – Tricia Yeager, Terry Keener, Charlene Hinshaw, Kerry Griffin, Wendy Green. Left, Principal Janet Harper. Right, Assistant Principal Kimberly Gryszko.





PEF Honors Bookkeepers

PEF recently honored the bookkeepers at each of our four schools.  In addition to their normal tasks, these ladies also track the grant monies awarded in their building.  PEF is all about group effort.  Thanks, Gail, Beverly, Martha, and Karon for your contributions to our group.

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PEF visited each school to honor bookkeepers. Top: Gail Tucker (second from left), PPS; Karon Martin, PMS. Bottom: Beverly Naylor, PHS; Martha McDaniel (left), PES.


PEF scholarship applications have been posted.



2016 Gala was a great evening for all


Unless someone like you cares a whole


awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.    Dr. Seuss


A lot of someones cared a whole awful lot on March 19 at our 2016 gala.  The weather was cold and rainy but the atmosphere inside the Poquoson Yacht Club was warm and caring. All the elements of a successful gala were there: good food, gaming tables, a silent auction, and above all–good company!  At the end of the evening, the coffers were full.  Our thanks go to our hard working committee and our generous donors and participants.


See a list of our sponsors.


See more pictures here.

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Real Men Read

Once again the Real Men Read program was a huge success. Almost thirty men spent the morning of March 2 reading to the students of Poquoson Primary and Poquoson Elementary Schools.
For the first time this year, a guest author took part in the program. Anna Burger from the Eastern Shore of Virginia read her book Pea Soup and the Seafood Feast to all PPS students over the PA.  She will be returning to Poquoson soon to do a writing workshop at PES.
The morning closed with a reception hosted by PEF. Thanks to former PEF Director, Charlie French, for organizing the event.













See more pictures of real men reading!


2014-2015 Is a Banner Year for PEF


Our 2014-2015 Annual Report is in and what a year we had!



PPS Wins Triple Crown


For three years in a row Poquoson Primary School has been the winner for having the highest percentage of participants in the “Run for the Bull’s 5K Run/2-Mile Walk, PEF’s signature fall fundraiser, co-sponsored with the Kiwanis Club of Poquoson.  On January 5, the PEF directors hosted a delicious hot buffet breakfast to recognize these teachers and staff members for their efforts.  Congratulations to Poquoson Primary School!


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PEF Awards Over $10,000 in Fall Grants


Awards Photo Gallery

fall grants composite Top, l to r: Fall 2015 Grant Winner Alystra Barefoot with Directors Sherry Harper and Judy McCormick; Grant Winner Kathleen Ozment with PEF Director Ginny Napier; Grant Winner Lisa Hall with PEF Student Advisor Cameron Goodman and Director Sherry Harper;     Bottom, l to r:  Grant winner Jennifer Romanelli with Director Sherry Harper; PEF president Judy McCormick with grant winner Sarah Brichetti; Director Sherry Harper with grant winner Kerry Griffin

Our Run/Walk was the best ever!

Thanks so much to all participants,

sponsors, and  volunteers.

Click here for a list of our wonderful sponsors.             Click here to see more photos.

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PEF Honors 2015 Teachers of the Year

TOY 2015 at Convocation with brick certificates, Mary E Stallings, presenter

L to R: Mary E. Stallings, PEF Director, Karen Bowen, PPS, Stacey Godsey, PES, Debra Swain, PMS and Lauren Osborn, PHS & Division Teacher of the Year.

PEF Director, Mary Stallins presented the 2015 Teachers of the Year with a brick certificate at the PCPS Convocation on August 27.  The certificate indicates  an engraved brick in their honor will be placed in the PEF Legacy Walk at Poquoson High School.

PEF Honors Retirees

Retirees Leslie Pentecost and Catherine Sanderson, PMS, with Directors Ginny Napier, Judy McCormick and Pat Kimsey and Vice Principal Mel Cecere June 2015 (1024x681)

Eleven long-time employees of Poquoson City Public Schools will retire at the end of the   school year. PEF president Judy McCormick and PEF directors Ginny Napier, Pat Kimsey and Mary Earle Stallings visited the retires and presented each with flowers and a gift card to Surf Rider Restaurant.

Congratulations and thank you to Leslie Pentecost, Catherine Sanderson, Pat McDowell, Pam Andriliunas,  Bob Gemmill, Barbara Freeman and Patti Condle Boyd.   View pictures here.

Pictured:  PEF Director Ginny Napier, retiree Leslie Pentecost, PMS Vice-Principal Mel Cecere, retiree Catherine Sanderson, PEF President Judy McCormick, PEF Director Pat Kimsey.




A Great Way To Support PEF

Open an AmazonSmile account and select PEF as your charity of choice. It is the same Amazon that you know but a percentage of your purchase will be donated to PEF.  Check it out!

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