Category Archives: Fundraising

ECS PCO COVID-19 Relief Fund

As COVID-19 mitigation efforts continue in Pittsburgh, more ECS families are need of financial assistance. The PCO has started a Relief Fund to help. We will use funds raised to purchase gift cards.

Our goal is to raise $4,000 by Sunday, May 3.

After May 3, we will have further information about how funds will be distributed to ECS families in need, and how to confidentially request assistance. The fund will remain open for contributions until the end of May.

Any amount contributed is most welcome and appreciated. Thank you for your kind support! We have closed the donation link at this time.

2020 Plant Sale

ECS’s annual Spring Flower & Plant Sale is back in time for Mother’s Day and Spring planting with a bonus this year – contactless curbside pickup! Annual bedding flowers, a variety of beautiful hanging baskets, and patio planters will be available from the same vendor that Phipps Conservatory uses. We are also offering organic vegetable and herb seedlings from Grow Pittsburgh.

Due to overwhelming demand, we are unable to accept any more orders. We apologize for any inconvenience! Another way to help the sale is to volunteer for the distribution on May 8 here: Plant Sale Volunteers

Plants will be available for contactless curbside pick up ONLY: Friday, May 8, 2020 between 1:00pm and 6:00pm at the ECS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (829 Milton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218). There will only be one day to pick up the plants so please mark this day on your calendar. Your online order confirmation may list your address as the “shipping address,” but plants will not be shipped. All plants must be picked up on May 8. We ask that you pull up to the curb in front of the school, stay in your car, inform the volunteer of your name through your car window, and pop your trunk. The volunteer will load your items into your trunk.

Please note that this year no additional plants will be available for sale the day of pick up.

Lots of volunteers are needed on May 8 to pull this off! We have designed a safety plan to ensure compliance with government orders and to keep our valued volunteers safe. See more details on the sign-up sheet. Sign up here.

Proceeds of sales will go toward purchasing and delivering books for students and families who primarily use classroom libraries at school and cannot access needed materials during the COVID-19 school closure.

If you have any questions, please email

Blooming Bash 2020

3/12/2020 UPDATE: Blooming Bash has been postponed. The decision to postpone our events was reached out of an abundance of caution to protect against the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, and under the advice of ECS administrators. While there is no immediate local threat at the moment, that could change at any time. We will look into re-scheduling the event later this Spring.

Order ECS Shirts and Sweatshirts by February 7

We’ve launched another pre-order window for ECS T-SHIRTS and SWEATSHIRTS. Pre-order deadline is Friday, February 7. Shirts will be delivered to classrooms by the end of February. Order now.

NEW: we are offering 2T-6T toddler sizes in the navy and light blue t-shirt options.

The PCO would like to ensure that every student at ECS has the opportunity to have an ECS t-shirt. If you can not afford the price of a t-shirt — and you haven’t requested a free t-shirt this school year yet — you may request one free t-shirt per student.

Please consider making a donation to help ensure that every ECS student has an ECS t-shirt.

Contact with any questions.

Save the Date for the 2020 Blooming Bash!

Join us on March 21 for the Blooming Bash, the ECS PCO’s adult-only fundraising and social event and biggest fundraiser! This year’s event will support the PCO general fund so we are able to provide wonderful family programming and support our ECS staff. Enjoy a night out with drinks, munchies, dancing, games, silent auctions, raffles, and more.

Tickets available now!

While you are out shopping this holiday season (or receive a gift that you might not need), please keep the Blooming Bash in mind! When school resumes in January, we will start collecting items to fill themed gift baskets to be auctioned off during the event. We’ll share collection logistics in the new year. Our baskets will all be built around two larger themes: Family Fun and Get Outdoors. More info.

2019 Fair Trade Marketplace

fairtrade_square_facebookEach year, the PCO brings the Fair Trade Marketplace to ECS. This holiday gift shop will be open in the ECS Intermediate School Cafe on December 7-8. You will find a selection of fair trade, sustainable, affordable gifts for socially and environmentally responsible holiday gift giving. We invite children to the Chickadee’s Nest where they can shop independently for gifts under $10. All items are made by artisans around the world who are paid fairly for their work. Enjoy some soup and baked goods after you shop. Open to the public!

Saturday, December 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, December 8, 12-4 pm

Want to know more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Volunteers needed! Sign up here.

Like Fair Trade Marketplace on Facebook | RSVP on our FB event page

Questions? Contact

2019 Holiday Plant Sale

The PCO is offering beautiful poinsettias, winter flowers, and winter greenery for sale this holiday season!

Deadline for pre-orders is Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Order online.

All orders must be picked up during the Fair Trade Marketplace at the Intermediate School: Saturday, December 7 (10 am-4 pm) or Sunday December 8 (12pm-4pm). Mark your calendar! We cannot hold plants after this date.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at

Election Day Hot Food and Bake Sale

We are hosting an always-popular Hot Food and Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 5 at the Intermediate School Cafe. There is always a lot of foot traffic from hungry voters, parents attending conferences, and hardworking staff members. We need plenty of food and help! Donuts, muffins, soup, chili, and pulled pork are the most-requested items.

Tuesday, November 5
8 am – 1:30 pm

Sign up HERE or contact for more information.

Box Tops Challenge Winner

We are pleased to announce that classroom 2C has won a pizza party for collecting the most Box Tops during our Box Tops Challenge! Congratulations! We will be in contact with your home base teacher to coordinate details. Thank you to everyone who participated. Due to your hard work, we have earned over $500 for the PCO general fund. This money will go towards funding mini-grants, teacher appreciation, middle school dances and family game night, and other PCO activities.

October 31 Sub Sale

The PCO is having a hoagie/sub sale!

Pre-order deadline: October 20 extended to Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 4pm
Delivery date: October 31

Peppi’s Famous Subs are served on the best bread in the city, Mancini’s, which is a 10-inch roll that melts in your mouth. All sandwiches include lettuce, tomato and an Italian dressing packet. Choose from: Italian Subs, Turkey Subs, Ham Subs, or Provolone Subs.

The delivery date is October 31! That’s right — you don’t have to worry about making dinner while your getting your kiddos ready for Halloween!

Subs can be sent home with children (if you order 5 or fewer), or picked up at the Intermediate School or Middle School between 2:45 and 4:30pm.

Place your pre-order now!