ORIGINAL ARTICLE WRITTEN BY MARIANNE LYLES
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2016) -- They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in Indianapolis’ Pike Township the parents truly believe it.
They don’t just rely on the state budget to pay for their child’s education. They join together to raise money for their public schools.
In Myron Cochran’s classroom, you’ll find brand new digital cameras, professional lighting and editing software. The longtime Pike High School teacher understands he’s lucky to have this new equipment.
“The equipment is way too expensive for us to afford on our own,” said Cochran.
Pike High School, like any other public high school, relies on taxpayer dollars.
“Any deficits that are in the state budget, they can be confining sometimes about what they will and will not pay for,” said Cochran.
Yet, his photography class isn’t impacted. In fact, it offers more because the parents in Pike Township raise money for the Pike Township Educational Foundation.
“Because of the foundation we’ve had funds that we’ve been able to access.”
It’s not just in the classroom. The PTEF helps the kids when they graduate, too. Molly Denning was able to attend Indiana University in Bloomington to pursue her dream as a marine biologist.
“IU had a really great animal behavior program,” said Denning. “But it was still really expensive.”
With a scholarship from PTEF, she was able to go to IU despite it being out of her budget.
“So I knew they were really supportive of not only the faculty but also the students,” said Denning.
The Pike Township Educational Foundation formed in 1993, and since then it reports that it has given more than $120,000 in scholarships and more than $300,000 in grants.
There is a gala fundraising event called Treasures for Education on February 20, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.