PUSD Education Foundation Sets Sights on Arizona Gives Day on April 6, 2021

Left to right: Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard, PUSD Education Foundation President Jenna James and City Council member Clark Tenney. (Rebecca Horniman/PUSD)

Left to right: Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard, PUSD Education Foundation President Jenna James and City Council member Clark Tenney. (Rebecca Horniman/PUSD)

The Prescott City Council on Tuesday afternoon, April 13, presented a city proclamation to Prescott Unified School District and Prescott Unified Education Foundation leaders celebrating April 23 as PUSD Excellence in Education Day.

On Friday, a professional development day, the foundation will honor all district faculty and staff with a luncheon to be delivered to all six K-12 schools and Discovery Gardens preschool at the district office.

The proclamation was presented by new City Council Member Clark Tenney, the current Prescott High School assistant principal, who at the end of the month will become the district’s director of Human Resources and Special Projects. Tenney gave the proclamation to PUSD Superintendent Joe Howard and Foundation President Jenna James.

At the luncheon, the proclamation will be read aloud to all in attendance.

Foundation Executive Director Paul Kirchgraber said this is intended to honor not just a select group of teachers but rather recognize the exceptional work of all faculty and staff who have performed with aplomb through a year fraught with challenges given the response to a global pandemic.

“Everyone during this past year has done extraordinary things,” Kirchgraber said of the foundation’s sentiments of everyone from bus drivers and custodians to teacher’s aides, classroom teachers and administration leaders. “So that end, on April 23 we are honoring all the educators in our district by bringing them lunch.”




For the first time, the Prescott Unified School District Foundation (PUSD) is joining more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations expected to participate in Arizona Gives Day, an online fundraising initiative on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 


Arizonans are encouraged to help make a difference by investing in the nonprofit(s) of their choice. This is especially important given a recent poll showing more than $91 million in lost revenue by Arizona nonprofits this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In-person fundraising events were essentially nonexistent last year due to pandemic protocols. As an alternative, AZ Gives Day provides donors with a safe and convenient way to support our fantastic Prescott public school teachers and students,” said Paul Kirchgraber, PUSD Education Foundation executive director.  

Early giving begins March 16th and continues through Arizona Gives Day on April 6th.  Participating organizations will have the chance to win a portion of a $160,000 prize pool including most dollars raised and power hours, to name a few.  

To support the PUSD Education Foundation, go to www.AZGives.org/PrescottUSDEducationFoundation and donate. All Arizona Gives Day donations will support/help the teachers and students of the Prescott school district

Paul Kirchgraber can be reached at Paul@PUSDEducationFoundation.com or (480) 331-1087 (cell).

About Arizona Gives Day:

Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser aimed at bringing together communities across the state, to raise awareness and financial support for more than a thousand nonprofit organizations doing work throughout Arizona. Arizona Gives Day is hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank. Arizona Gives Day is on April 6, 2021. For more information, visit www.azgives.org/media.