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Support Braddock ES Neediest With A Gift of Learning

Braddock PTA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
Tax ID Number: 54-1566135

Braddock ES is a Title I (over 40% poverty level) designated school in our community. With your help, a funding gift will support a summer of learning for the neediest students. The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy created the Summer STEM Institute to target and provide STEM based educational programs that actively serves the neediest students.  By integrating advanced thinking techniques into a blend of hands-on fun, and creative problem solving, students will extend their learning all summer long.

We ask you to help us ensure our underserved students have a chance to dream BIG dreams during their summer and prevent summer learning loss by sharing a financial gift.


What Happens During the Summer


All Children Deserve a Memorable Summer

Summer is a time for daydreaming, creative inventing and building collaborative friendships. Put simply, all children need summer to dream to support learning. Johns Hopkins School of Education reports; “…without ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills, kids fall behind on measures of academic achievement over the summer months.  Unfortunately, not all children have an opportunity to use daydreaming as a bridge to learning. As a result, these same students return in the fall with severe learning loss.

Did you know?

• All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al. 2004).

• Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).

• About two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al. 2007). Read more…National Summer Learning Association


Low-Income Student Chart


The Braddock ES PTA asks you to download the Braddock PTA Donation Acquisition Form and give generously to a student’s summer of learning today. Thank you!

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How You Can Help

The Braddock Elementary School (BES) Parent Teacher Association (PTA) needs to raise $75,000, to fund 100 seats, allocated for in-need students, for a focused Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) summer program. BES is partnering with The Pearl Project Institute (TPPI) in a summer initiative that will bring the world of STEM exploration and robotics into the school for an intensive five-week summer program.  This program will offer BES students not only an opportunity to thrive within the context of advanced exposure to scientific and technological thinking, but will stave off the predictable summer learning loss typically associated with its demographic. Click here to review Summer STEM Institute Programming

Examples of Some Personal Gift Options:

Give Children # of Sessions
$150.00 1 1 week
$300.00 2 1 week
$450.00 1 3 weeks
$750.00 1 5 weeks

Corporate Giving & Sponsorship Opportunities

Donation Levels Across 5-week Program

Donation Level Total Students Sponsored Cumulative Hours
$3,750 5 875
$5,000 6 1,167
$7,500 10 1,750
$15,000 20 3,500
$30,000 40 7,000
$45,000 60 10,500
$60,000 80 14,000
$75,000 100 17,500


Note 1: The recommended approach for a student to achieve the optimal educational enrichment of this curriculum is for the student to attend all five weeks of the program vs. a single week.

Note 2: At the $150/student/week rate, two-thirds of each donation will go directly to the student experience by way of consumables and supplies. The remaining one-third will fund monetary stipends for certified volunteer teaching staff who are trained in the field of advanced thinking strategies and STEM educational programs.

Thank You for Your Generous Donation.

Braddock PTA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
Tax ID Number: 54-1566135