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Principals’ Emergency Fund

Tumwater Principals’ Emergency Fund

Administered by the Tumwater Education Foundation


The purpose of the Tumwater Principals’ Emergency Fund (PEF) provides principals with funds to respond to emergent student needs, quickly and with a minimum of paperwork so that students come to school ready to learn. Funds are used to pay for medical/dental needs, housing, transportation, shoes and clothing, etc. Approval of expenditures rests with the principal at each school.


The Tumwater Education Foundation funds this program through a combination of community support and grants. Once a year the annual PEF fundraising breakfast raises proceeds which support the program. Funds provided to each school through the PEF program are allocated based on the total student population in each school.

Principals have wide latitude in the use of the funds to meet emergent needs that are barriers to learning or participating fully in school. The program supports students and families with:

Clothing–shoes, socks, underwear, pants, shirts, coats, etc.

Housing–emergency housing, temporary rental assistance. Usually, this assistance is a stop-gap measure before community services can kick in.

Utilities–power, water, gas bill assistance, necessary telephone service.

Medical–doctor or dental bills or co-payments, prescriptions, glasses.

Transportation–bus passes, purchase of a used bike, minor car repair, gas purchases.

Food–any food related purchase (to include laundry or personal hygiene products), school lunches.

Supplies–school supplies, testing supplies, sports equipment.

Fees–testing fees, college test fees, field trip fees.

Other Needs–haircut, alarm clock, car towing, child care, child car seat

2022 Principal Emergency Funds Distribution