Mrs. Tracey D. Ray was a founding board member of the Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation, established in July 2019. Mrs. Ray joined PSCF’s board following her retirement after 20 distinguished years as a library administrator with the Free Library of Philadelphia. Mrs. Ray played an instrumental role in developing and funding many of the organization’s reading initiatives, such as "Books At The Polls," providing books to children who accompanied their parents to the polls. She also helped plan book parties and online summer reading programs.
Mrs. Ray held a special affection for the students of General George G. Meade School in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the neighborhood where she began her career as a librarian at the Cecil B. Moore Branch. As a board member, Mrs. Ray was dedicated to purchasing school supplies and providing books for students to use in class. In November 2019, the George G. Meade School experienced a burglary, resulting in the theft of four laptops used for small group guided reading sessions. Mrs. Ray successfully raised enough funds to replace these laptops with six brand new Samsung computers.
When Mrs. Ray's health started to decline, the board decided to honor her tireless efforts. In April 2021, the Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation established its first scholarship in Tracey D. Ray's name, funded by Mr. Samuel Reed III, one of the four nominees for the 2021 Tracey D. Ray Book Scholarship. Mrs. Tracey D. Ray served as a board member from July 2019 until August 2021.
For the year 2022, the Tracey C. Ray Scholarship will be funded by Mrs. Ray's friends, family, and colleagues. Announcements for nominees will be posted in March 2022. The recipient/s will receive a set of books to be used in class and given to students to take home at the end of the school term. Additionally, the recipient/s will receive a small stipend to be used at their discretion.
For year 2022 The Tracey C. Ray
Scholarship will be funded by the friends, family, and colleagues of Mrs. Ray & Family.
Announcements for Nominees will be posted in March 2022 The recipient/s will receive a set of books to be used in class and given to students to take home at the end of the school term.
The recipient/s will also receive a small stipend to be used at their own discretion.
1. Nominations will be accepted starting in March 2022
2. Nominees must be teachers and or professionals working with children using literacy to promote the joy of reading
3. Nominees are required to write a 200/500 word essay
4. Essays must meet the one week deadline
5.Judges will deliberate
6. Winner/s will be announced in April 2022
Ms. Juanita Radden, grades 6th, 7th & 8th RELA instructor