Letter to the Editor | It takes a village, and we are grateful to ours

We are so fortunate to live in this community where public school education is a priority. As we conclude the 2022-2023 Giving Campaign, we would like to thank you, our community, for your continued generosity. Together we raised $3.27 million, about 6% of PUSD’s 2023-24 budget.  

At an event last month, Interim Superintendent Dr. Donald Evans reminded us that Piedmont is unique. He notes that he has never seen another district in the state that offers everything that PUSD offers.  It is a real reminder that art and technology at every grade level and libraries at every school are not the norm in many California schools. The additional programming funded by community donations and parcel taxes go far beyond what most public school districts can fathom. 

Like many of you, a primary reason for each of us moving to Piedmont was the excellent schools. We are thankful for this shared value and for each contribution that helps preserve the heart of our community. The district faces significant budget cuts over the next few years, as the result of changes in state funding, and every dollar donated is meaningful and important.  Our schools are excellent because everyone — parents, teachers, students, and the extended Piedmont community — step up to make them so.  It truly takes a village and we are grateful to ours.

With gratitude,

Dana Murray, Julia Ruthven, and Katie Sharafi

Giving Campaign Co-Chairs

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