Dear Parents,

The holidays are just around the corner and this time of the year presents an excellent opportunity to teach our students about the power and purpose of giving back. When we think of the holidays, we think of love, presents and kindness. Why not use this season to teach our children that they can make a difference and change world, no matter their age!

But why teach students about philanthropy and giving? A recent study found that “schools lie at the heart of the bond between young people and charities”.  The study also showed that “school is the second most common way for young people to hear about and get involved with helping those less fortunate”.

This year, PPE has selected two local charities to collect items for during the next two weeks.  We will collect gift cards for The Last Minute Toy Store in the $10-$25 range to stores such as Target, Walmart, and Old Navy.  Gift cards are needed for children between the ages of 12-17.

Please bring your gift card to the PPE main office or send to your child’s teacher.

We will also collect items for Open Table Nashville to help our friends in the city who are experiencing homelessness.

Last winter, Open Table Nashville spent 22 nights canvassing, delivered 2,200 winter camping supplies, and had 3,390 interactions with people experiencing homelessness. They ALWAYS need supplies during the winter to keep our un-housed friends safe and warm while working to secure permanent housing.  Through a partnership with the city of Nashville, their outreach team canvasses the city when the weather dips below 28°F.

In the past three weeks, their outreach team has already canvassed six times with nearly 50 dedicated volunteers. They brave the coldest weather to provide supplies and offer transportation to shelters to our city’s most vulnerable.

Items of greatest need (requested by OTN) that we will be collecting at PPE include the following:

  • Sleeping bags – 0 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (low temperature sleeping bag)
  • NeilMed Cleanse Sterile Saline Wound Wash
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Gauze Pads (sterile)
  • Wool or Wool-blend blankets
  • Men’s winter (20 degrees cold proof) thermal gloves and thermal socks
  • Hot-Hands hand warmers
  • Tarps (do not have to be new)
  • Ensure meal replacement drinks
  • Purell sanitizing wipes
  • Camping dome tents (do not have to be new)
  • Peanut butter crackers/cheese crackers
  • Trial size/hotel samples – toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, lip balm

We encourage your children to help others by choosing the service project they want to assist.  Also, we do not expect our families to donate to both charities. Donation boxes will be in the PPE lobby through December 14th.

Our 4th grade classes have adopted Kindergarten classes at a local metro school as their grade-level Holiday Service Project.  This has become an annual tradition for our “PPE Seniors”.

Thank you in advance for your support of our  2018 PPE Holiday Service Projects.


Your partner in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams