The Fiske Family Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) Foundation to support the district’s immediate nutrition and distance learning needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. PUSD schools are scheduled to remain closed through April 3, due to healthcare regulations and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Health. The district is currently working to provide distance learning options to more than 36,000 students. In addition, 8,391 students rely on district food services for breakfast or lunch. As a result, access to resources is an immediate need in order to continue to support the daily needs of students. 

“The $50,000 from our generous new partner, the Fiske Family Foundation, will go a long way to bridge the gap for our families and students who are in the greatest need and impacted by the necessary closure of our school campuses,” said Kathleen Porter, Executive Director of the PUSD Foundation. “Our staff and administration are working around the clock to prepare teachers and students for distance learning. However, food and equipment will be one of our greatest needs during this pandemic, and we are ever-grateful to John and Courtney for their generous support.” 

The funds made possible by the Fiske Family Foundation may include continued meal service or technology, equipment, and resources for distance education, such as internet access, laptops, or other items helpful to the continued education during these unprecedented times. The intention of the gift is to help PUSD Foundation guide these specific funds directly to families with the greatest immediate need.

“In light of the urgent need to support PUSD children and their families in our community, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide support,” said John Fiske, Founder of the Fiske Family Foundation and PUSD alum. “While we do not know how long our country will endure this hardship, it is our hope that others will do what they can to see families and children through this difficult time.”

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