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P.O. Box 836361
Richardson, TX 75083
MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!
PCWL had another successful backpack drive this year. Thank s 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
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.
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
honoring George McFarlane Roberto Ramos
Ann Sanders AVID Scholaship
Alice Church Memorial
AVID Scholarship Ariana Almanza
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
Spirit of PCWL Scholarship
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!
· 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?
· Have you made great friends while volunteering at the schools and wonder how you can stay in touch?
· 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!
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!!!
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!
NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY
Our North Texas Giving Day liaison and PCWL Member Kimberly Kimmel, said the total donations for PCWL this year was 29 donations for $6000. This compares to last year's 31 gifts totaling $5229. Congratulations to our generous members and supporters for an outstanding showing of giving! WOW! We extend our most heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to our organization (and to any worthy organization)! What a difference our combined efforts will make to so many!!!
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!!!
Toy Drive Results
Our Toy Drive Chairperson, Tina Larson, reported a wonderful success this year in the PCWL Toy Drive. She said there were more than $2000 in toys donated!! Our PCWL members delivered the toys to RISD Academy and to Greenwood Hills Elementary.
RISD Academy put their toy donations into the school "holiday store." The students earn credits ("Golden Tickets") and may then use the Golden Tickets to buy something for themselves or for a family member. Keith Forte (the principal) and Maria Etherton (the community liaison) were both very thankful and most appreciative. Ms. Etherton sent a text message and pictures showing the PCWL-stocked RISD Holiday Store. She said, "Thank you so much! Our students will be so excited to shop with their Golden Tickets, thanks to the generosity of the PCWL. Please know we are so grateful.”
The toys at Greenwood Hills Academy will be distributed to needy students. Teachers were asked to supply the name(s) of those students, who they felt were in-need of a Christmas/Hanukkah gift. The counselor will then go through the list and make the final call. The toys will be sent home in black garbage bags to protect the privacy of the students.
Tina said it was truly humbling to see the generosity of our members and to be part of the delivery process. So thanks to our amazing PCWL members for their kindness and support toward this year’s Toy Drive!!!! Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!
Check Out the General Meeting
At Aboca's Italian Grill
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RISD Spirit Run Pictures!
Troop Care News
For several years our member Rita Cole has led the membership in coordinating the assembly and mailing of goodie boxes to be sent to U.S. Troop members who have graduated from Pearce area schools. This special group of women have met several times a year to bring everything from magazines, snacks, personal care items, etc. to be lovingly packed and shipped, many times with handmade greeting cards from Pearce Area elementary school children.
Sweet notes of appreciation have been received from many of the Troops through the years, but this one special medal was received by Rita recently from a Pearce graduate, Matt Tolliver, son of our member Catherine Tolliver. Read below the reason and history of this special honor.
In consideration of contributions enhancing crew morale (PCWL Troop Care), Rita Cole received a commander's challenge coin from LT Matt Tolliver (JJP 2006), Commanding Officer of USCGC MANOWAR. Military challenge coins are personally designed and purchased by unit/squadron commanders, using unique identifying unit logos or symbols, and given to unit members in support of unity, morale, and pride, but they may also be given to others outside the unit in recognition of contributions to the unit success or well-being.
CHALLENGE COIN TRADITIONS: These coins are often exchanged and collected among military members, and there is also a tradition of producing the coin in response to a "challenge" to identify oneself - if the proper coin is produced the challenger must buy the first drink and if not then the challenge buys. This challenge coin tradition is popularly believed to have originated with a WWI fighter squadron whose members each carried a coin with the squadron' s logo in a leather bag around their necks. A pilot in this squadron was able to escape after his capture behind German lines, but he wore civilian clothes and he no longer had any ID. Upon reaching French lines, he was therefore suspected of being a spy or saboteur, and he was only able to escape immediate execution as a saboteur and persuade the French military to verify his identity because they recognized the squadron insignia on his coin.
To all of our PCWL members, a sincere thank you for your gifts of goodies and assembly time to make these donations possible. And to Rita Cole, a military wife, our gratitude for keeping this tradition alive and fresh. We are all humbled that we could make a difference in the spirit of a Troop member!
General Meeting News
Our first General Meeting of the new PCWL year was held on September 21 at the Canyon Creek Country Club. It was a great opportunity for old and new members alike to meet and discover what exciting opportunities in community service and social gatherings have been planned for the upcoming year. Our Treasurer, Vickie Barrett, holds her winnings from this recent gathering. (Left)
Please take a few minutes to make sure you are signed up for Social Interests and Community Service Interests that appeal to you by clicking on this Community Service/Social/Committee Interests. Signing up does not obligate you in any way -- just a method to include you in communications involving that particular interest group!
A couple of new interest groups have been added this year - RISD Academy Tutoring and Resource Gallery Walk. We encourage you to involve yourself in several community service projects and social groups - and try something new if you are a returning member!!! Great friendships and memories are made every year at these gatherings! Check out the Event Calendar because there are lots of fun upcoming opportunites - be sure to sign up for events before the sign-up deadlines AND if you have to cancel, it is very important to cancel in a timely manner through the website or let the contact person for the event know that you can't make it!!!!
Warmest welcome to all and best wishes for a fun and successful fundraising year!!!!
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.