Partners In Education (PiE)

PIE-fundraisingPartners in Education (PiE) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to sustaining the Palo Alto community tradition of extraordinary public education. Nixon uses the funds appropriated through PiE to pay for personnel to support student learning since PTA funds may no longer be used for salaries. PiE asks you for $1,000 per child, but warmly welcomes donations of any size.

For the 2016–17 school year, generous donations from parents and community members have allowed PiE to provide  $222,279 for use at Nixon. These crucial funds, which make up more than 75% of Principal O’Connell’s flexible funding, will be used to:

  • Pay for almost all of the general classroom aide time, so that all classrooms will get multiple hours of vital classroom aide time weekly. Aides are an important part of the classroom experience at Nixon, allowing children to build deeper connections to caring adults and facilitating small group work in the classroom
  • Fund Nixon’s popular computer lab instructor, Sarah Patanroi, so that all Nixon students can acquire the skills needed to successfully use technology to enhance their learning. Sarah’s additional time will be used for student instruction and for support to Nixon teachers to continuously learn about and implement the best ideas in classroom technology.
  • Pay for 100% of the cost of the Spectra Art teachers so that all classrooms benefit from regular art instruction, for multi-dimensional learning, creativity and building confidence
  • Pay for a licensed professional counselor to support students and help with social skills, school climate, and whole-classroom instruction

The Nixon PiE Chair for 2016–17 is Audrey Gold. Questions about PiE? Email Audrey.

For every child, there’s a reason to give

Please go to to make your donation, or look for the PiE envelope in the Nixon office.

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