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Successful night at Car Museum

Mini Grants

Deadline for mini grant submissions are March 4 at 3:00pm. Grants will be awarded by March 9th.
Mini Grants will not exceed $500 and will be used for this current school year.

Fall Fundraiser

Fall Fundraiser at Carnegie Abbey was huge success. 200 guests attended our 4th Fall Fundraiser in which $19,000 was raised. PPEF would like to thank all of our sponsors and the local businesses that donated to this amazing evening.


Congratulations to 2017 grant recipients.

Color Run

PPEF hosted our 2nd Color Run at Glen Farm on April 29th, 2017. Over 100 runners and walkers purchased tickets for this event. Thank you to all of our participants and sponsors!

PPEF 2nd Annual Color Run

This April 29, 2017, the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation will be hosting its 2nd annual My School Color Run fundraising event. The My School Color Run program aims to go beyond traditional fund raising. This program seeks to engage the community, regardless of age or level of fitness, an initiative that promotes a life-long healthy way of living. PPEF is extremely excited as last year we hosted 185 runners in our first year!!! We’re looking forward to involving even more of the community in this fun and healthy program. Save on registration by putting together a “family” of 4 or more.

This year we will also incorporate seperate runner and walker color celebrations at the end of the race so no one misses out. We are sure to have plenty of color packets on hand!

Register here:

Before the event, we are requesting local businesses to consider being event sponsors. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for students in the community as PPEF keeps 100% of the funds raised through donations and sponsors. Monies are in turn awarded directly to teachers and students, funding enrichment programs and materials in our Portsmouth Public Schools. During the current 2016-2017 school year PPEF has awarded over $25,000 in grant funding to our four public schools for such things.

Donations may be made here:

If you are interested in sponsoring please email

Fall Social Fund Raiser (Saturday, October 1st)

On October 1, PPEF held its annual Fall Fundraiser at Carnegie Abbey Country Club. This event was again sold out with more than 200 people in attendance. Thank you to all that supported PPEF in raising $20,000 for our grants benefiting our public schools. A special thank you to our sponsors.

Color Run

PPEF hosted our first Color Run at Glen Farm on May 14th, 2016. Over 280 runners and walkers purchased ticket for this event, making it the largest PPEF attended event EVER! We hope to make this an annual family event and have already began planning hoe to make next years run even more successful. Thank you to all that supported PPEF in this first go at it.

On the first day of school for the 2015-2016 year, 8 grants were awarded by PPEF during teacher orientation at Portsmouth High School. The grants presented for this academic year are as follows:

● The “Barton Carroll Memorial Grant” was awarded to Michelle Murtha and Kimberly Rosander at PHS for “Bridging the Math Gap”.

● The “William “Jay” Humphrey Grant” was given to Hathaway third grade teachers Nancy Doucet, Ashley Adamson, Pamela Hamilton, and Morgan Curtis for “Build To Learn”.

● The “Dr. Robert A. Davidson” Grant was presented to Hathaway first grade teachers Sharon Raposa, Claudia Divoll, Diana Grinnell, and Laurel Oliveira for “The Fundamentals Of Reading”.

● State Senator Dr. Christopher Ottiano secured a “Senate Legislative Grant” for PPEF. These funds were awarded to Melville Kindergarten teachers Nicole Vanasse, Amy Walker, Ashley D’Ellena, and Danielle Laurie for “Encouraging Hand-On Learning and Engineering in Kindergarten” as well as Hathaway special educator Sara Hilyard for “Ready-Set-Learn!”.

● The “Lt. Colonel Edward Fitzgerald Grant” was awarded to PHS teachers Krista Hook and Rose Escobar for “Technology Meets Clay: The Art of Photo Transfer”.

● The “Karen Chiumento Grant” was given to Hathaway second grade teacher Liz King for “Using Local Landmarks to Inspire Young Writers”.

● PMS teacher Heather Baker was awarded a grant to help fund the annual “March Into Reading” program. The PPEF Board of
Directors decided to annually fund $1000 to this initiative rather than to consider it a new grant request.

● After more funds were secured PPEF was able to partially grant Melville’s first grade as well as Hathaway’s second grade with 4 Mini IPADS for each school.

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