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Public Education Partners Charity Profile
Purpose - To facilitate and support the development of programs and incentives that complement the work of the Aiken County School District and improve public education. History - Founded in 1995, Public Education Partners (formerly GALEF) began its work in the twelve schools of Area One to realize the goals of Aiken 20/20 for education improvement. In 1999, the Board of Directors voted to expand the organization's scope to help all public schools in the Aiken County School District. Since 1995 grants and initiatives valued at over $2.8 million have been implemented.
Public Education Partners Volunteer Information
Ted Mangelsdorf, retired from Bechtel Savannah River Co., is a former Chairman of the PEP Board of Directors. Upon completing his tenure on the Board, Ted continued his service as a regular volunteer, donating time each week. From management and financial guidance to delivering Great Leaps Reading materials to mentors, Ted does whatever it takes to keep PEP on track.
Bernadette Houghton is a recent transplant to Aiken from Massachusetts. Her impressive resume, including a Ph.D. in Biology, experience in financial management of adult education programs for the state of Massachusetts, and extensive grant writing and oversight gives PEP capacity to go to the next level in our search for program funding.
Dave Buchanan is a familiar face to those involved in community theater in Aiken County. Without his help, PEP could never have gotten the Garcia Theater Project off the ground in 2005. Dave took command of the task of making sure that every participating school had all the set components necessary to begin their program. We call on Dave again this year as GTP expands to six schools across the county.
Here’s to the hardest working man in show business!