How We Help
El Carmelo Elementary School
"The magic that happens in the classroom is between adults and children—adults and groups
children, adults and individual children. This is why we invest PiE dollars in people, in the
aides and in the people that bring us the special programs for our children: science and art."
– Chuck Merritt, El Carmelo Principal
For the 2012-2013 school year, generous gifts from parents and community members have allowed
PiE to provide $152,130 for use at El Carmelo. During this school year, the funds will:
Pay for almost 100% the general classroom aide time, so that all classrooms get multiple
hours of vital classroom aide time weekly. Hours are greatest at the kinder level to help
the youngest students grow accustomed to their new learning community. Classroom aides are
vital at El Carmelo, providing teachers with the flexibility to differentiate the
curriculum, helping teach each child at the appropriate level. Aides facilitate powerful
teaching and learning in literacy and math in every El Carmelo classroom.
Fund Spectra Art, so that all children can have access to regular art instruction to build
creativity, confidence, and a new way of looking at the world. Without PiE dollars, kids
might be devoid in that whole area of learning and creativity
Pay for 100% of the popular supplemental science program for kids conducted by the Palo Alto
Junior Museum and Zoo, giving kids hands-on experience with science and the opportunity to
satisfy intellectual curiosity through scientific experimentation
Your 2012-13 PiE Chairs for El Carmelo are Faiza Zarroug, Medha Nanal, and Kanwal Raza.
Questions about PiE? You can email them at elcarmelo AT SIGN papie.org.