The Public Education Foundation of Evansville, Inc. (PEF) is celebrating 30 years of helping public schools.
On Thursday at the Old Post Office and Custom House on 100 NW Second Street, a reception is being held from 5:30-7 p.m.
More than 80 founders, directors, and supporters will attend the event.
The organization was incorporated on November 15, 1985 and has provided more than $7 million to fund more than 2,500 different projects and programs.
PEF does work closely with the EVSC, but it is an autonomous not-for-profit organization with an independent staff and board.
Here are some of the foundation’s signature projects:
–The House Project allows students to build a house and gain construction skills. It has produced 28 moderately priced homes and helped approximately 200 students per year learn their trade.
–The Summer Musical has been supported by PEF for 27 years and it allows nearly 100 high school students to perform annually in a large-scale musical production.
-PEF partners with Ivy Tech to hold the Technology and Innovation Showcase. The showcase offers students and teachers the opportunity to exhibit their talents in technology. It also shows the community how technology is used in the classroom.
–Career Exploration Day brings students face-to-face with business leaders so students can learn how to plan for future employment.
-PEF provides grants and scholarships to local students, scholars, and teachers. Last year, the foundation provided more than $75,000.