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Posted on July 16th, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Family Fit Fest Honors Coach Hathaway, Supports Education

The Perry Township Education Foundation announced today that it is transforming one of its signature events, Coach Hathaway’s Running South, into the PTEF Family Fit Fest.  The change reflects the organization’s focus on children and families, while retaining the tribute to one of the district’s longest serving coaches, Tom Hathaway.

The event is Saturday, September 28 at 9:00 AM at the Southport High School Cardinal Stadium.  Proceeds from the event will continue to support innovative classroom projects in Perry Township Schools and the Coach Hathaway Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the traditional “Coach Hathaway 10k, 5k and 1-Mile Run,” the event now features a circuit of free, family-friendly fitness activities led by physical education teachers from the township’s elementary schools.  Activities include an obstacle course, soccer goal contest, 40-yard dash, and “discovery zone” for young children.

“PTEF is honored to continue Coach Hathaway’s legacy by making fitness accessible to all.” said Amelia Miller, Perry Township Education Foundation Executive Director. “Our re-imagined event will be more family-friendly than ever.”

The event’s pricing and registration process remains the same.  New this year is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.  Runners raise funds individually or in teams and can earn prizes and race-day recognition by securing sponsorships for their participation in the event.

Hathaway’s legacy continues to be a focus of the race portion of the program, honoring his 46 years of service as a teacher and coach in Perry Township.  Coach Hathaway ran 131 marathons, many half-marathons, and countless other races.  At age 79, he was the oldest finisher at the inaugural Running South event in 2011.  Hathaway passed away in 2012.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the Perry Township Education Foundation website at

Posted on November 28th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Local Restaurant Hops & Fire Honors Perry Educators

This year, forty special Perry Township educators recognized through the Honor an Educator program will receive an extra treat: a $15 gift certificate from local restaurant, Hops & Fire.  Headed up by local Chef Chip Huckaby, Hops & Fire offers artisan fresh food in a relaxed neighborhood setting.

“We are so excited to have support from Hops & Fire for this year’s Honor an Educator program,” said Andy May, co-chair of the PTEF Teacher Appreciation committee. “It’s just another example of how the Perry Township community values the hard work of our teachers every day.”

Recognizing a teacher through Honor an Educator is easy!  For a gift of as little as $10, an educator you designate will receive a certificate signed by the superintendent and your personalized message about the impact that educator has made.  Your donation will go to support innovative and creative programs in Perry Township schools.

Posted on July 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Welcome our new executive director, Amelia Miller!

Indianapolis — The Perry Township Education Foundation (PTEF) has hired Amelia Miller, who has experience and expertise in fundraising and youth development, as its new executive director. She began working July 21.

Miller previously served as a program coordinator for the Marion County Commission on Youth, leadership specialist for Key Club International, PTEF board president Chuck Stumpf said.

“In addition to her expertise in the nonprofit sector, Amelia is a Perry Township resident and a staunch advocate for public education. I’m confident she will support the district well,” Stumpf said.

PTEF supports innovative and creative classroom projects for teachers in Perry Township including Perry Meridian, Southport, and the new township kindergarten centers. With strategic guidance and direction from the PTEF board of directors, Miller will act as manager and director of operations. She will oversee all PTEF activities, including fundraising, events, grants, communications, and volunteer coordination. She will also supervise PTEF’s new part-time development associate.

Miller replaces Hannah Dale, who is leaving the foundation this July after working there for over 2 years. The executive director search was conducted by a search committee that was appointed by the PTEF board of directors.

Miller is looking forward to increased involvement in the district.

“I am thrilled to support Perry Township teachers, students, and families in my new role. I look forward to working with PTEF’s board and volunteers to support innovation and creativity in schools,” Miller said.

Posted on March 9th, 2017 in Organization News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Foundation Grant in Action!

Mr. Rohl, Principal at Glenns Valley Elementary School, was a “secret guest” scientist in Mrs. Dorris’ first grade classroom for Sci Fri – Science Friday. Students learned about solids and liquids and made Oobleck – connecting to the theme from Dr. Seuss Week!  Learn more about Mrs. Dorris’ grant here!


Posted on March 8th, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Tickets on sale for Harlem Wizards, April 22

Back by popular demand! The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Perry Township on Saturday, April 22. The evening promises to be a fun-filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. Come support the Perry Township Education Foundation while watching Perry Township staff members take on the world famous Harlem Wizards!

The fun starts at 7pm, with doors opening at 6pm at the Southport Fieldhouse. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door.  Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Posted on March 6th, 2017 in Organization News | Comments Off on PTEF Featured in The Southsider Voice

Thanks to Dr. Thomas Little, Superintendent for Perry Township Schools, for featuring our grants program in his column in The Southsider Voice. Dr. Little highlighted two of our grantees, Shelley Doris and Erin Arishiro.

Posted on October 17th, 2016 in From the President | Comments Off on Letter from the President

Don’t we all agree that among the really important keys to our children’s success is a quality education? This is why the Perry Township Education Foundation has been serving the Perry Township Public Schools since 1994. Our mission is simple: Raise funds to provide creative classroom grants to exceptional teachers, so they can continue the tradition of excellence in our schools.

In fact, the Foundation has funded over $1,200,000 in grants since 1994. We are quite proud of our efforts and the positive impact those grants had on our students. We may be providing the funding, but the creativity, commitment, and success of the teachers make our efforts so worthwhile! They deserve our thanks and praise for their dedication to our kids.

The Foundation is always looking for folks to assist us in our mission by sharing their time, talents, and treasures. Please know that we welcome your interest as a volunteer, financial contributor, or member of the Foundation Board. If you would like additional information, please contact me at 317.403.5219 or

The Foundation Board has a passion for education and its impact on kids. Our efforts are a lot of fun and very rewarding! If you share our passion, we encourage you to join us in our mission!

Chuck Stumpf
Board President

Posted on October 1st, 2016 in Events | Comments Off on 6th Annual Coach Hathaway’s Running South

The 6th Annual Coach Hathaway’s Running South was a beautiful day here in Perry Township! We had a great turnout, perfect weather, and the support of incredible community partners listed below. An extra special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Community Health Network! Please mark your calendars for next year’s event on Sat., Sept. 30, 2017. Check out the race day video taken by drone from


With the exception of IMPD Officers and Flashpoint Race Timing, 100% of the individuals working the event donated their time. This event utilizes over 100 volunteers, and we couldn’t be more grateful to those who choose to share their time with us to ensure the success of this wonderful event. The money raised will be used to help fund our educator grants and the Coach Hathaway’s Scholarship.

Congratulations to Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy and Jeremiah-Gray Elementary on having the highest percentage of participants and volunteers at the secondary and elementary levels. Each school will be awarded a $250 grant! Jeremiah-Gray had the overall highest percentage of participants and volunteers for the second year in a row. Their school name will be engraved on the traveling trophy for 2016.

Yard Signs

This year, we purchased reusable yard signs to help advertise our race. If you personally purchased a sign, please display it again next September. Contact Hannah Dale at 317.789.2395 or if you’d like to support the Foundation by purchasing a Coach Hathaway Running South yard sign for $5.

10K/5K Results

Visit Flashpoint Race Timing for 10K and 5K results.

Event Photos

Photos taken by Inter-State Studios will be available within the next couple weeks on our Facebook page. Like us now to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Course Video

Watch our course video created by

Thank you so much to our incredible sponsors!

Community Health Network

Athletic Annex
The Trophy House

Church, Church, Hittle, Atrium
CSO Architects
Indianapolis Sports Park
Law Office of Robert H. Ebbs

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
General Mills
Performance Services
Piazza Produce
Prairie Farms
ONI Risk Partners

10K/5K Mile Marker or Aid Station
Bill and Jo Ellen Buffie
Cardinal Insurance
Connie Mortenson State Farm
Hoffman Communications
Ray’s Trash

10K Mile Marker or Aid Station
Alerding CPA Group
English Excavating
Fun Services
Greater Southside Business Alliance
Inter-State Studios
Tina’s Face Painters LLC
Zip City

Hope to see you next year!

Posted on September 15th, 2016 in Organization News | Comments Off on Perry Township Education Foundation Announces New Brand

The Perry Township Education Foundation is pleased to announce a fresh new logo and look and a brand new website to be released this fall! Executive Director Hannah Dale states, “After 22 years of serving Perry Township Schools, it was time to refresh our look in order to reflect our mission of giving creative and innovative educator grants to the staff of Perry Township Schools. We want to make sure our logo and website adequately reflect the passion we have for our schools, staff, and students.”


With the help of Jackson Sky Web Design and Development, the Perry Township Education Foundation has been able to go on a journey to better develop tools that will help share its message with schools, supporters, and the community. The new logo utilizes the township’s prominent colors, red and blue, along with wings depicting the township’s two mascots, the Cardinal and Falcon. The new website will be much more interactive for visitors and will share recent news, event information and registration, along with specific profiles highlighting the grants currently being utilized within the school system. Giving will also be available along with links to social media platforms.

The Perry Township Education Foundation is a grant making organization that raises funds to support innovative and creative programs that enhance learning throughout Perry Township schools. Founded in 1994, the Foundation has proudly funded $1.2 million in grants that have impacted countless students and staff members through the years!

Posted on August 22nd, 2016 in Grant Stories | Comments Off on Donor Impact: An Educator’s Perspective

Leslie Preddy, Library Media Specialist (aka School Librarian)
Perry Meridian Middle School

preddyYou help make memories that stick and develop a sense of community within our schools. Perry Township Education Foundation helps to fund what doesn’t fit into a traditional budget but is what my principal calls the ‘glue.’ A great example of this is when the Foundation funded our inspiration to begin a Reading Madness Month where our school focuses on fun, creative, and social ways to bring the importance of reading to the forefront, and we have so much fun with this event. Next year will be our 10th annual Reading Madness Month.

You allow us to be creative, innovative, and inspiring. For example, the Foundation funded a Wii system for our special needs classroom when we were working on a way to help them develop physical coordination.

You have helped me fund the learning dreams of so many classrooms, the library, teams, departments, clubs and school-wide programs as well as community projects. Your grants have helped me bring parents, local experts, reenactors, authors, and even horses to our school. In 2008, the Foundation funded a start-up grant, and now each semester, we host a Family Read-In event where a student and significant adult read the same book and then join us at school for an evening of book-themed games, crafts, snacks, and conversation. It’s a great way for families to reconnect to their child.

Through my relationship with the Foundation, I have brought over $87,000 in projects to my school. Often what we need, the kick-start Foundation funds provide to test out an idea we think will matter. The Foundation helped us complete our action research to learn how we could have an impact on students and reading. Through our SSR with Intervention action research, we found our students needed time to read for pleasure and to develop relationships with people around reading and adult role models who also read.

I am excited to have the Foundation’s support to start hosting science and recycling activities in the library, to help our struggling readers learn how to be better readers by becoming picture book authors and reading their self-published picture books to kids in younger grades, and to work on a school-wide community building and service learning project through a variety of educational and fun activities connected to the American Heart Association’s Hoops for the Heart program.

Thank you for supporting the Perry Township Education Foundation and a big thanks to the Foundation for funding the learning dreams and enthusiasm that becomes the glue of our little school communities.