Mrs. Tracey C. 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 of 20 years as a distinguished Library Administrator with the Free Library of Philadelphia. Mrs. Ray helped to develop and fund many of the organization’s reading initiatives such as: Books At The Polls—providing books to children who accompanied their parents to the voting booths. Mrs. Ray also helped plan book parties and online summer reading programs. Mrs. Ray had a particular fondness for the students of General George G. Meade School in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania— in the neighborhood where she held her first assignment as a librarian at the Cecil B. Moore Branch. As a member of the board, Mrs. Ray took on the tasks of purchasing school supplies and providing books for students to use in class. In November 2019, the George G. Meade School was burglarized and (4) laptops used to facilitate small group guided reading sessions were stolen. Mrs. Ray raised enough funds to replace the (4) laptops with (6) brand new Samsung laptops. Mrs. Ray was ill and as her health continued to decline, the board decided to recognize Mrs. Ray for her tireless efforts. In April 2021, the Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation established its first scholarship in the name of Tracey C. Ray— funded by Mr. Samuel Reed III, one of four nominees for a 2021Tracey C. Ray Book Scholarship. Mrs. Tracey C. Ray served as board member from July 2019 until August 2021.
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
4. Judges will deliberate
5. Winner/s will be announced in April 2022
Ms. Juanita Radden, grades 6th, 7th & 8th RELA instructor