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Book Fair Time!!!

Start cleaning out your closets and book cases.  RISD Used Book Fair is February 15-18.   


Books, DVDs, CDs, Records, Software, Computer/XBox/Playstation Games ALL IN GOOD SHAPE


Take them to the Pearce Mum Store on 2018 RISD Book Fair Drop Off Dates or drop off at your local school.


They also need clean brown grocery bags to sort the books.

One more thing we can do to get scholarships to students!!!








Troop Care Rescheduled for February 27

One of the best traditions we have at PCWL is our Troop Care activity where our members fill boxes of goodies to be mailed to our Pearce area troops serving in various military branches.  We have approximately 40 men and women serving at this time who will be receiving these surprise boxes.  You can make a difference in the day of one of these heroes by helping to stock, pack and mail these treats.  

A combined Troop Care and short board meeting
will be Tuesday, February 27, 7pm at Rita Cole’s home, 7602 Bantry Circle, Dallas. We need LOTS OF GOODIES and valentine’s cards for our 40 troop care boxes!!   So now is the time to head to Walmart, Costco/Sam's, etc and load up with goodies to pack in these boxes (cheese/crackers, cookies, goldfish, candy, notepads, pens, kleenex, socks, chapstick, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, socks etc.).  They also love home baked goodies!!  Just get creative and think of what you might like if you were far away from home. (FYI travel size is the best size to pack.). If you bring any liquid toiletries or soap, please wrap or package them in baggies.

 

You can drop off your goodies beforehand at Rita Cole's house (please put your name on your bag of goodies so you can get credit).  BUT we also need bodies to help us pack -- so if you can help us pack as well as bring items please that would be awesome!  You can receive a second credit if you can take a few boxes to the post office to mail!  

 

Please register on the TROOP CARE event on the PCWL Event Calenar to receive credit for your donation and/or mailing.  It really is fun putting theses boxes together and knowing you're doing it for such a good cause.

 

We also like to include notes from you and students from our schools.  So if you are a teacher, or know a teacher that would like to provide notes, please bring them or drop them off prior to this event.  All packaging is completed at the meeting and the boxes are mailed out the next day.

 

If you need suggestions for box goodies, visit this page.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rita Cole at rgcole79@gmail.com.



PCWL Ladies Spread Holiday Cheer to Pearce Area Kiddos!!!



PCWL's annual Toy Drive resulted in 35 members donating 121 toys to four Pearce area elementary schools.  Many thanks to our generous members from some very grateful and surprised children! 




Thank you for supporting PCWL during North Texas Giving day 2017!!!

We had 55 donors raise $7,700 to Fund scholarships for JJ Pearce Students!




MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!



PCWL had another successful backpack drive this year.  Thanks to all of you, we were able to donate 70 backpacks on Monday, August 14th.   Carolyn Bukhair, Dobie Primary, Greenwood Hills, Northrich, Prestonwood and RISD Academy were very happy to see us!

 

You made this possible.  You should feel proud!

 

Special thanks to Liz Kraft for being our second drop-off location and Vicki Barrett, Gail Green, Julie Hamilton and Leslie McFarlane for helping with the delivery to these schools.  

 

Tammie Engels - Community Chair







As the new PCWL year begins, many of you will be signing up for volunteer opportunities that will take place within an RISD school. Please note that all volunteer activities on RISD campuses will require you to have completed the RISD Background check. This must be done annually, so even if you have completed this form in prior years, you must repeat the process for the current school year.This takes just a few minutes to complete - and you are ready to go! Please follow this link to begin your volunteer season!!




Legacy Scholarship Winners Go Shopping!




Our 2017 Legacy Scholarship winners did their college shopping this morning at the Coit Road Target.  Keurigs and comforters seemed to be popular items this year for the college freshman!  PCWL had eight Legacy scholarship winners this year:  Megan Helling, Hayden Steed, Andrew Ujcich, Madeline Via, Kathleen Parks, Jennifer Delagarza, Edgar Acevedo and Saira Shetty. Shopping helpers included moms and friends of these busy, talented freshmen and several of our PCWL members who have vast knowledge of what a college freshman needs!!!  MORE PHOTOS






THANK YOU PCWL!!!

The school supply drive was a huge success and supplies were delivered the week of February 13th. Supplies were delivered to Northrich, Greenwood Hills and Prestonwood Elementary Schools.  Everyone was so surprised and excited to receive the supplies.  I have had a lot of people tell me to thank PCWL for all of our support and help for their schools.  Thank you to everyone who participated and purchased items.

Vickie Montgomery
Event Chair



And the Winners Are .......!!




Imagine a room full of youthful energy, nervous anticipation and overwhelming brains, beauty and brawn - and you have the scenario at the 2017 PCWL Scholarship dinner held on May 9!  Thirty five well-deserving students of Pearce High School, North Junior High and Parkhill Junior High attended to receive various scholarships that will give them a little extra assistance in their future educational endeavors.  Also attending were many of their proud parents, educators, school administrators and PCWL members.  It is always a proud and moving couple of hours for our members to hear first hand a short summary of each recipient's accomplishments and talents, as well as listen to a few brief favorite moments of their school years delivered by the individual students.  Best wishes to all of our winners - we are all so proud of you and your families!!!

2012 Jr. High Scholarship North: Katerin Medrano
Parkhill: Eric Aranda
2017 Jr. High Scholarship North: Kimberly Cruz
Parkhill: Fatima Vargas
Legacy Scholarship Megan Helling
Hayden Steed
Andrew Ujcich
Madeline Via
Kathleen Parks
Jennifer Delagarza
Edgar Acevedo
Saira Shetty
AVID Scholarship Eva Caceres
Luiza Odhiambo
Francisco Gallegos
Alexia Merlan
Alex Palafox
Priscilla Culmenaro
Brittany Reese
Determination Scholarship
honoring George McFarlane
Roberto Ramos

Ann Sanders AVID Scholaship   Crystal Funes
Alice Church Memorial
AVID Scholarship
Ariana Almanza
Founder's Scholarship Adam Bronson
Paige Wills
Maia Goldfarb
Leslie Contreras
Sydney Engels
Cathy Scheurer Leadership
Scholarship
Johanna Navarro
Jill Button Service
Scholarship
Claire Whitworth
Brooke Ziegler Caring and
Friendliness Scholarship
Rachel Calame
Rachel Breland Courage and
Strength Scholarship
Nina Baggett
Gregg Larimer Cross Country
and Track Scholarship
Timaj Usman
Fine Arts Scholarship Hope Bruening
Spirit of PCWL Scholarship Denver Baumgartner
Katie Hutchison




A HUGE thank you to our 2017 PCWL Scholarship Committee:  Tomi Morriss, Chair; Lisa Albert, Kim Caston, Rita Cole, Nancy Devine, Tammy Hollowell, Laura Meisel, Sally Field, Stephanie Gonterman, Melinda Cotton, Lisa Faulkner-Dunne, Jennifer Hurst and Lisa Wingate!


Attention Moms of Current Pearce Juniors and Seniors!


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Are you a Senior’s (or Junior’s) Mom, wondering what you will do next year now that your last or only child is graduating?


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Have you made great friends while volunteering at the schools and wonder how you can stay in touch?


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Do you love helping your community and enjoy social activities?


If you answered “YES” to these questions… Do we have a place for you!!!

The Pearce Community Women’s League was created in 2010 with the intent to allow friends who met during their children’s school days to continue to volunteer and socialize together. Plus, there is the added benefit of making our entire community stronger, and providing us with the opportunity to meet members of our neighborhood who we may not have known previously. Activities include volunteer projects, special interest and social groups, an annual fundraising gala, in addition to a special awards banquet in May, when we host our scholarship recipients and their families.


If you are interested, please contact our membership chairperson, Vicki McCoy for detailed information!   And -- don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook!


Here is a short video highlighting some of PCWL's yearly activities:  PCWL HIGHLIGHTS


 




       A Successful Pistols & Pearls!

Thank you to all of our membership and guests for helping make our 7th annual Pistols & Pearls Gala a success. A little over 150 people attended this year, including Pearce principals, Mike Evans and Donna Anthony, who commented on how much they appreciate your contributions of time and finances to support the JJ Pearce community. In addition to great live auction items, the new auction category, Grub Grab, was a huge success. We raised approximately $14,000.  Thank you again -- and be thinking of ideas for next year's fundraiser!

Kimberly Kimmell, 2017 Pistols & Pearls Chairperson

Click on the picture below to view the Pistols & Pearls Photos!
Click on the picture to view the 2017 Pistols & Pearls Photos
       



Here are four remaining opportunities for you to "take a home a prize" and support the Pearce Scholarship funds!  Click HERE for pictures of the following items:

> Moby Dick opera book and CD, value $45 ... yours for $20!
> Leather book/Bible cover, value $25 ... yours for $10!
> Wallet by Squared, value $40 ... yours for $15!
> Kate Spade gold watch, value $325 ... yours for $100!


Please contact Kimberly Kimmell to arrange for payment and collection of the goods.




Click on the picture for Troop Care Photos
New E-Scrapbook Has Arrived!

Take a short break and check out the beautiful e-scrapbook for PCWL's 2015-2016 year created by our talented Cyndy Heimer! 


2015-2016 PCWL E-Scrapbook




Want to Join PCWL?


Interested in joining the fun at PCWL?  Our members are active moms of JJ Pearce Seniors and graduates who love to stay involved in philanthropy and community social activities.  Our annual membership drive begins soon for the PCWL year starting in August  -- so send us an email with your interest!!! 


I'm Interested!




PCWL can receive FREE money for our scholarship funds from several generous organizations that we all use on a routine basis:  Tom Thumb, Kroger, Target and Amazon.  Read about these programs Kroger-Tom Thumb Fundraiser w/Target Link and sign up today to participate easily by just shopping at any of these businesses!  If you are like most busy people today and Amazon delivers to your door on a regular basis, you can now use the website Amazon Smile (which is Amazon - just geared to give us money) by clicking on the picture to the right!





A Successful Toy Drive
 
 
Our most heartfelt thanks to the generosity of PCWL members for their time and toys donated to a great cause!  Greenwood Hills Elementary received 105 toys and RISD Academy received 74 toys to be distributed to deserving children for the holidays. 
 
Pictured with Greenwood Hills staff are PCWL members Karlene Jolly and Catha Goss.  RISD Academy staff members, Jennifer Goldberg and Marsha Hardin are shown with their Santa Stash!  Thank you for the hard work of our Toy Chair Ladies, Susan Lair and Catha Goss! 


 



 



Pearce Pom Squad

 

 

Earlier this year, PCWL provided a generous donation to the Pearce Pom Squad to purchase performance tops, bows and duffle bags for their performances.  PCWL’s own Deb Tucker, spoke with the Pom Squad’s faculty leader about the squad’s mission and goals.  Here are the excerpts of her communication with Coach Jacklyn Smith:

 

How many girls are in the squad?  There are 22 members of the Pearce Pom Squad.

 

What is their mission?  My mission for the Pearce Pom Squad is to provide a dance team, separate from Pacesetters, for JJPHS students.  Pearce is a large campus, therefore there are many students on campus who have not found a group, team, organization to be a part of.  By creating the Pearce Pom Squad, more dance students have been given the opportunity to belong on a team, which is allowing them to continue their dance training and gain performance opportunities.  Another mission of the Pearce Pom Squad is to spread “Pearce Pride” throughout the entire community and feeder pattern, specifically reaching out to the elementary schools not neighboring the high school.

 

Is the goal to have a pom squad every year?  Pearce Pom Squad will continue for many years to come, hopefully indefinitely.  One of the perks of this organization is the students are earning a semester credit for Fine Arts.  We are hoping all Pearce Pom Squad members either go on to become Pacesetters or continue to serve as members on the Pom Squad, serving as role models for the new members we will gain next year.

 

What exactly did we buy for them?  With your generous donation, we were able to purchase beautiful performance tops as well as bows that are worn while performing, along with team duffle bags.  The duffle bags are used to carry their workout clothes to and from school.  The members also use their duffle bags when traveling to and from events and performances; they use their bags to carry their poms, cover ups, shoes, etc. 

 

PCWL extends their very best wishes and congratulations to these lovely young women and their coach for many happy years of Pearce spirit!!!



 



PCWL Helps Fund Pearce Student Government 

  
 

Our newest PCWL philanthropic commitment is helping to fund the new JJ Pearce student government. On June 19 the newly elected JJ Pearce student officers participated in team building exercises at their morning retreat in Parker, TX.

 

“Our 28 student officers have been elected to serve as the voice of the student body and to propel the necessary changes that will create a more unified Pearce High School. These students were chosen to serve as student government officers based on application essays, teacher recommendations, interviews, and student body voting.

 

Some of the things our officers will oversee are homecoming, community service projects, school improvement, improving student:teacher and student:student relationships. With this new format we will be able to introduce new projects to JJP and continue to build many of the traditional JJP initiatives.” Sarah Dailey Easterling JJ Pearce Student Government Sponsor

 

The goal is that this program will filter down to the junior high and elementary schools preparing our students to be our future leaders.