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Election Day Events at the Intermediate School

The back lot at the Intermediate School is the place to be on 11/2. Shop our great selection of uniforms from the Uniform ReUse Sale and get a snack from our Bake Sale. Your support benefits the PCO’s general fund.

We need volunteers to help run both sales and we need bakers/shoppers for the Bake Sale. If you might be able to help, check out our sign ups here and here.

Contact with any questions

Look for updated hours in the Pulse and the ECS PCO Facebook page.

Get your Yard Materials through Haulstr and help ECS

We’re partnering with Haulstr, a yard materials delivery service with a cause. Schedule your delivery via Haulstr, and they donate back to ECS PCO a percentage of all items ordered. Currently, they offer mulch (3 colors), top soil, and compost.

Order your materials here or share our link with friends and family: Remember, your order generates funds for ECS PCO General Fund to help the staff and school through mini-grants, principal’s fund, helping hands, etc.

Orders are limited, so place your order today and get materials delivered to your home this fall! You won’t be charged until mulch is delivered, and you can choose your delivery date when you order.

Scavenger Hunt

Join the ECS PCO for a fun, free Scavenger Hunt in Frick Park after the half day on Friday, September 24. Walk the trails, find answers to clues, and enter to win a prize!

Hike the trails to find answers to clues and a chance to win a prize! This year, to help with social distancing, teams will preregister online by Thurs, Sept 22 by clicking here. Teams can begin their hunt by picking up a map and clue sheet at the picnic table by the Tennis Courts parking lot between 11:45-12:15 (staggered starts). Come back to the pavilion an hour after you started for snacks, and the raffle will be at 1:15 or shortly after. Please bring a mask and water bottle, and maintain space when not masked. Hope to see you there! Contact with any questions or to volunteer to help.

2021 Fall Plant Sale

The PCO is excited to offer a revamped fall plant sale featuring mums, fall décor, and bulbs! We’re excited to partner with a local, woman-owned business to bring you these new selections.


Garden Guardians

We need volunteers to help care for the gardens during the spring, summer and early fall. Volunteers will get the first pick of available produce: herbs, peas, berries, beans, carrots, beets, greens, and tomatoes. No garden experience is necessary and we welcome new volunteers.

Please sign up for a week or multiple week slots. If you sign up, we ask that you try to visit the garden about 3 times during the week that you sign up for. The main things that the garden needs are watering, weeding, harvesting, and keeping an eye out for pests like cabbage worms.

More detail about pests, weeds etc. will be provided in the training and accompanying materials.

Garden Guardian Sign Up (Primary School Page 1, Intermediate School Page 2, Pollinator Gardens Page 3)

Training Dates
In Person Primary: Wednesday June 16th 4:30
In Person Intermediate: Wednesday June 16th 5:15>
Virtual Training (Primary and Intermediate) June 15th 6:30

Zoom Link for Virtual Training

Contact: Deirdre Keller

2nd 2020-2021 Yearbook Pick up Date

We would like to offer a 2nd pick up date: Saturday, May 15th from 1-4pm at the Intermediate School. If it is bad weather Jill Farringdon will be in her car (orange Subaru forester) in the front of the school, otherwise look for her sitting out front.

If you cannot make this second pickup, please let Jill Farringdon know at

Getting your COVID vaccine at RiteAid?

ECS PCO can earn money if you are part of the RiteAid Wellness Program and have it linked to ECS. See below how to link your RiteAid Wellness card so ECS starts earning money with each of your purchases. Not a Wellness member, you can sign up for a new card too.

Then when you get your shot make sure your check-in with your Wellness card. Do you have a Rite Aid Wellness + card? Link it to RXfundraising and earn money for ECS every time you use your card at Rite Aid. Go HERE for details and to sign up.

You’ll enter your name, phone #, and e-mail address. After you click the “Support Your Cause” button, your card will be linked to ECS PCO or you can sign up for a Wellness + card right there if you don’t have one. ECS PCO will receive a percentage of all purchases, including prescriptions.

Ongoing Fundraising

Capitalize upon things you already do! It’s easy!

2021 Spring Plant Sale

This year’s sale has ended. Thank you for your support.

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, herb, milkweed, and native pollinator seedlings from Grow Pittsburgh.

Order here:

Order deadline: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Plants will be available for contactless curbside pick-up ONLY: Friday, May 7, 2021 between 1:00pm and 6:30pm 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 7. We ask that you pull up to the curb in front of Turtle Park (just past the Intermediate 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.

Lots of volunteers are needed on May 7 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.

If you have any questions, please email Michelle at