Dear PPE Parents –

Between the devastation of the tornado this week and news of the coronavirus, I know that we all have heavy hearts and worries. We are relieved to report that we’re not aware of direct impacts from this week’s events on the PPE community. We are equally proud to know that so many of our PPE families have spent time this week volunteering in broken neighborhoods, at schools that were damaged, assembling care packages and food boxes, and providing much needed financial donations to great relief and support organizations.

Metro Schools cannot accept monetary donations directly. However, if you would like to give please make checks payable to MNPS and mail to 2601 Branford Ave. c/o Business Office.  Please indicate “Tornado Relief” in the memo line. You may also donate to school nonprofit PTOs or community organizations who are helping our city and schools recover.

Closer to campus, our fourth graders got together and put their own little hands to work. And the UniCycle program, run out of a portable here at PPE, was open and accepted donations of SSA every day this week and has already begun serving families in need to help next week’s transition back to school go as smoothly as possible.

Part of the reason our PPE community is able to respond so strongly when the unexpected happens is because we gather to support our community regularly. The complications of our current moment are not lost on me, but I hope our annual Spring Auction on Saturday, March 7, will be recorded as our must successful yet. The auction chairs and their team have worked nearly the whole year to pull together an amazing night in support of Percy Priest.

Many of the things that make our school a special place are due to the needs we’re able to fund with your support – things that do not come from our struggling MNPS budget and also are not supplied by the city because we do not qualify for extra help. This gap is a challenge that we’ve met year after year and found ways to make things best for our kids. Plus – it’s FUN! Between the outfits we’re sure to see and Mr. Mott’s DJ performance – you will not want to miss Saturday night.

I’m excited for a fantastic night for what will be my last Spring Auction as Principal – I won’t say my last Spring Auction, because I better get an invitation next year! I hope to see you on Saturday, and hope that all of your friends and loved ones are safe this week.

Thank you for being the best school family anyone could ask for!

Melinda Williams