Pleasanton Updates Families, Reviews Past Year At Second Annual State of the District Event | News
The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) held its second annual State of the District on January 27th to learn about the past year and thank its sponsors in the community.
The event was organized in collaboration with the PPeas Foundation (Pleasanton Partnerships in Education) and was broadcast live via Zoom and YouTube. It included a speech by Superintendent David Haglund and remarks from Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown. The affair ended with the 2020 PPIE Pillars of Pleasanton awards being presented to partners in the community.
“We were pleased to take a moment to pause and celebrate the hard work of every member of our PUSD community over the past year,” said Haglund. “It’s really about the ‘we’ in PUSD – every employee, parent, student and parishioner is part of our work together and how we support our young people. We live through history, and although we have faced great obstacles, we can be very proud. “
Steve McCoy Thompson, Executive Director of PPIE, listed some of the highlights of the Foundation’s work over the past year, including funding for various initiatives across the district.
“We work with PTA – we focus on funding people, and they fund things,” Thompson said. “We bring this money to the classroom, accept donations from parents and combine this with our great corporate partners. Last year we hit $ 725,000. With it, we’ve funded a wide range of positions that make a real difference to our students. “
Thompson went on to discuss funding for scholarships through PPIE, a robotics program, a business program tutored by real career professionals to provide support and guidance, and a mock interview program.
These programs were all made possible through community support. During his presentation, Haglund said he was inspired by the way the entire community supports their schools and the health and wellbeing of all of their students.
“2020 was a year of challenge, conflict and change,” said Haglund. “However, I have never again believed in the joint mission statement and vision statements that guide our collective work. Our students will create a better world, and each and every one of them will become resourceful, resilient, responsible, and committed global citizens. “
Thompson also presented the Pillars of Pleasanton Awards to highlight local businesses that support PUSD with, among other things, funding, volunteering, in-kind contributions, and auction gifts.
Larry Damasar, a State Farm agent, attended the meeting to accept his Pillars Award in the Finance and Employment category.
“Steve and his team are doing fantastic things,” said Damasar. “I’m really proud to be part of it … I have three children at Amador; Schools are the reason we moved to Pleasanton and I am very proud of our entire school system. “
As the Hospitality, Restaurant and Food Winner, Nick Valenziano of Porky’s Pizza Palace expressed his gratitude and commitment to continue working with the district for the benefit of the students.
“Use us as a resource so we can work together to support the children,” he said. “As a product of the Pleasanton School District and as a future parent, I’d like to thank all parents for calling us because you are showing up for their children. The more support parents have, the better the children’s lives will be, and it will pay off for your children and our community later on. “
The winners of the PPIE 2020 Pillars of Pleasanton Award are:
Build and build: Richert Lumber
Education, child care: ShengMeng learning center
Financially and professionally: State Farm (Agent Larry Damaser)
Hospitality, Restaurant & Food: Porky’s pizza
Medical: Stanford Healthcare
Real estate and property management: Bob & Deb Cilk, Remax Brokers
Retail trade: Towne Center Books
Software and technology: Veeva Systems
Transport & Energy: Chevron
PUSD serves nearly 15,000 students in 15 schools including nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive schools, and one high school. Your mission is to educate students who will create a better world.
For more information or a state record, visit www.pleasantonusd.net or call 925-462-5500.