May 8, 2022

PSF Teams up with Local Businesses to Thank Pettisville Staff

by Jenae Lammers original article on the School's website

The Pettisville School Foundation and 5 local Pettisville businesses worked together to provide the staff at Pettisville Schools with gift cards during Teacher Appreciation Week. The Pettisville staff is very appreciative. Special thanks to Das Essen Haus, Pettisville Meats, Pettisville Garage, Stella Leona, and Weeping Willow Florist for your continued support of our school!

The Pettisville School Foundation was selected as one of the 10 Difference Makers featured at the 2021 GivingTuesday419 event organized by Everence ®.

More information about this "in-person" event at Founders Hall, Sauder Village is on our GivingTuesday419 page.

PSF December 2021 Newsletter

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NEW for 2021!

The Pettisville School Foundation Board Trustees have created a new scholarship, the “PSF Career Scholarship”, solely to benefit the graduate who is continuing their education for an occupation/skill in an area not traditionally supported by institutions of higher education. The initial scholarship will be in the range of $1,000 and will be offered annually to a graduating senior who is continuing his/her education by pursuing a trade or career that requires additional (non-college) training. This scholarship could support an internship, an apprenticeship, or classes to learn a new skill or trade.

The Pettisville Grain Company created a new scholarship. The PGC Scholarship, first offered to the PHS Class of 2021, benefits a PHS graduate to secure training or college credit in an agriculture related field.

Grieser Transportation is planning two career scholarships with the first being offered to the PHS Class of 2021.

More information about these scholarships can be found here- PSF Scholarships

2021 Senior Scholarship Winners

Pettisville School Foundation Scholarships

Bryant A. Weber Memorial Scholarship: Thomas McWatters

David E. Springer Memorial Scholarship: Kaylee Grimm

Richard M. Werder Memorial Scholarship: Levi Myers

Lawrence H. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship: Elise Hartzler

Pettisville Teachers Association (Boyer) Scholarship: Sydnie Adkins

Pettisville School Foundation 30th Anniversary Award: Joshua Horning

Pettisville School Foundation Career Scholarship: Ellie Wixom

Pettisville School Foundation Pettisville Grain Scholarship: Andrew Hulbert

Pettisville School Foundation Grieser Transportation Diesel Mechanics Scholarship: Blake Eyer

The PSF would like to thank Myrna (Cordy) Brown for the updates of our PSF logo, which she originally designed. Mrs. Brown has been designing graphics for PSF for over thirty years.

A Brief History of the Pettisville School Foundation

Receipt of the $111,000 Meister gift to the board of education in 1982 planted the seed of thought that others might like to donate to the Pettisville Local School and that an organization to encourage such contributions might be worthwhile.

After researching the concept, Stephen Switzer, Pettisville School Superintendent, assembled a group of interested individuals to consider forming an educational foundation. Individuals included Gary Frazier, Steve Graffice, Myrl Sauder, Rod Nofziger, Valetta Werder, Jan Stamm, Golda Boyer, and Mr. Switzer.

In November, 1986, a press conference was held in the high school library announcing the formation of the “Pettisville School Foundation” and receipt of a $1,000 gift from Henry Keller, the first gift to the PSF, and a $10,000 gift from Valetta Werder, fifth grade teacher at Pettisville, to endow the “Richard Werder Memorial Scholarship” in memory of her husband.

The foundation organization included a board of trustees, with two trustees appointed by the board of education and seven elected by the membership. Founding trustees include Chris Rychener, President; Luana Esterline, Vice President, Valetta Werder, Secretary-Treasurer; Golda Boyer, Gary Frazier, Steve Graffice, Rod Nofziger, Myrl Sauder, and Ruth Wyse.

Superintendent Switzer was appointed executive director. PHS grads attorney Jan Stamm and accountant Dave Rupp agreed to assist in legal and accounting areas. At the time of its founding, the PSF was one of the first local school foundations in the state. Since that time, the PSF has provided assistance in the creation of numerous area school foundations.

As we look to the “NEXT 35 Years” the Pettisville School Foundation will continue to serve our students, staff and community through scholarships, grants and other projects.

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