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Partners in Education

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Partners in Education (PiE) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to sustaining the Palo Alto community tradition of extraordinary public education. Nixon uses the funds appropriated through PiE to pay for personnel to support student learning since PTA funds may no longer be used for salaries. PiE asks you for $1,200 per child, but warmly welcomes donations of any size.

For the 2019-20 school year, generous donations from parents and community members have allowed PiE to provide $189,910 for use at Nixon. During this school year, these crucial funds will be used to:

  • Pay for almost all of the general classroom aide time, so that all classrooms will get multiple hours of vital classroom aide time weekly. Aides are an important part of the classroom experience at Nixon, allowing children to build deeper connections to caring adults and facilitating small group work in the classroom
  • Fund Nixon's computer lab instructor so that all Nixon students can acquire the skills needed for successfully using technology to enhance their learning
  • Pay for 100% of the cost of the Spectra Art teachers so that all classrooms benefit from regular art instruction, for multi-dimensional learning, creativity and building confidence
  • Pay for a licensed professional counselor to support students and help with social skills, school climate, and whole-classroom instruction

Through a grant to the district, PiE also helps support the traveling music and dance programs for all elementary schools.

The Nixon PiE Representatives for 2021-22 are Julia Hartung, Nike Bharucha, Byron Hu, Aude Gabory, and Shipeng Fu. Questions about PiE? Email them at