The Portage Education Foundation was established in 1990, when Dr. Pike needed a manner in which he could donate a computer lab to the district. Over our history, we have acted in numerous capacities for the district. Following are several examples of our range of activities:
- Fund pilot programs, such as our Makey-Makey technology equipment or the district-wide program to host author, Max Brooks, in the community to discuss his book, World War Z, which specifically explores many racial issues.
- Collaborate with teachers, staff, and community members to bring our Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP) to our students every summer at no-cost to families. This program allows students to apply lessons they learn throughout the school year in a more applied manner than can be conducted through traditional curriculum. Examples of our past classes have been Guitar Building, Movie Making, Computer Game Programming, and 3-D Printing.
- Manage scholarships created in honor of students and teachers.
- Build and direct our endowed funds used to support our various activities.
- Engage teachers to fund classroom mini-grants that “plug small holes” often found by teachers who need an extra piece of equipment, want to explore a new technology with students, or innovate how they teach students.
- Managed the PEF Now! Initiative to help bridge funding gaps left by state-wide budget cuts.