Scholarship established in honor of Sherilyn Schock

Retired Penn Manor teacher Sherilyn Schock passed away recently after a courageous fight with cancer.

Sherilyn taught fourth and fifth grades at Creswell and Letort Elementary Schools for 30 years until retiring in 2002.  Upon her retirement, she faithfully volunteered at Letort weekly until her illness forced her to stop in 2015.

Sherilyn Schock

To honor Sherilyn and her service to students and the community, a scholarship is being established in her name with an anonymous matching donation of up to $5000. The $500 scholarship will be given each year to a deserving Penn Manor graduate who attended Letort Elementary School.

Those wishing to honor Sherilyn’s life and memory and continue her legacy of serving students may contribute to the Sherilyn Schock Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered through the Penn Manor Education Foundation.

Checks can be sent to PMEF, P.O. Box 1001, Millersville PA, 17551. Please write “Sherilyn Schock Scholarship” on the check. To contribute in other ways, please contact PMEF director Anne Kinderwater Carroll at 717-872-9500, xt. 2332.

Thank you for honoring Sherilyn, a remarkable teacher and volunteer who was a tremendous asset to the Letort community.

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Register for the June 13 Charity Golf Scramble today

It’s not too early to register for the 2017 PMEF Charity Golf Scramble, scheduled for June 13 at Meadia Heights Country Club in Lancaster.

The event includes a round of golf with cart, sleeve of golf balls, hot lunch, beverages and buffet dinner, all for $125 per person. Foursomes are welcome.

The brochure, with registration form, is listed below. We hope to see you there!

2017 Golf Outing FINAL

 

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Join us at Celebrity Bartender Night Jan. 10

Please join us as we raise a glass and help support the new Strong & Healthy Families initiative Jan. 10, during a Celebrity Bartender Night at Copper Hill Public House at Crossgates.

Don’t miss these local “celebrities” behind the bar:

  • 5-6 p.m: Frank Geist (Class of 1963) and Nicki Nafziger (Class of 2000)
  • 6-7 p.m.: Dr. Jan Mindish, former PMHS principal, and Pat Kline (Class of 1982)
  • 7-8 p.m.: Deb Holt and Dianne Smith (Class of 1972), Central Manor’s former principal and secretary.
  • 8-9 p.m.: Michelle Shaub (PMEF board member) and Kathy Kirk (Class of 1984)

All tips will benefit the Strong & Healthy grant fund to assist Penn Manor families in need, so please stop by!

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PMEF receives generous EITC donation from Rhoads

Penn Manor superintendent Mike Leichliter, left, receives a $2,500 check on behalf of PMEF from Mike DeBerdine, president and CEO of Jerome H. Rhoads Inc.

Many thanks to Jerome H. Rhoads Inc., which recently presented a $2,500 check to the Education Foundation through the state Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Rhoads has been a longtime EITC participant and has helped fund innovative grants to improve learning for Penn Manor students. Our other generous donors this year include Waste Management Inc. and Fulton Bank.

EITC funds can be used for projects that fall under these designations:

  • STEM Instructional Equipment
  • Multimedia Instructional Tools
  • Focused Opportunities for Exceptional Students
  • Alternative Education Experiences
  • Agricultural Education Outreach 
  • Performing and Fine Arts Resources
  • Artist/Author in Residence
  • Supplemental Field Experiences

To find out more about the EITC program, click here.

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Robin Jeffers joins PMEF board of directors

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Robin Jeffers

Robin Jeffers, a 2000 graduate of Penn Manor High School, has joined the Penn Manor Education Foundation board of directors.

Robin lives in Washington Boro with her husband, Joshua, and their two young children, Lily and Conner. The family enjoys traveling, camping and spending time together.

Robin works as a substitute teacher in Penn Manor and is the daughter of former PMHS English teacher Carole Shellenberger.  Robin said she believes in the educational opportunities Penn Manor provides for its students and is excited about joining the Ed Foundation board.

She is looking forward to helping out at PMEF events and activities.

Welcome to the board, Robin!

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Joshua, Conner, Lily and Robin Jeffers.

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PMEF approves $48,000 in Venture Grants

Conestoga fifth-graders learn about wool carding during the Landis Valley Museum Traveling Trunk outreach program. A Venture Grant funded the program, which provides hands-on learning about the daily aspects of Colonial life.

Penn Manor Education Foundation has approved nearly $48,000 worth of classroom Venture Grants to fund innovative teaching methods, materials and programs for students at all Penn Manor Schools for 2016-2017.

The grants range from $64 for geography games for Central Manor Elementary second-graders to $8,459 for pH, moisture and CO2 sensors for high school students enrolled in Plant Science courses.

In between are grants for musical instruments and equipment, high-definition television video cameras, novels, a 3D printer, environmental field trips, brain games, stress reduction training and makerspace materials. In all, 36 projects were approved.

We can’t wait to see what our teachers and students are able to accomplish with these grants, which are funded by our generous donors!

Congratulations to the following teachers whose grant applications were approved for 2016-2017:

  • Maria Vita, HS, “Learning About Abusive Dating Relationships” presentation
  • Shelly Kyle, Central Manor, “Scrambled States” geography game
  • Molly Miller, HS, “Rapid Prototyping in Computer Science and Engineering”
  • Kay Kane, Hambright, “Headphones”
  • Jenna Moyer, Letort, “First in Math for Grades 5 and 6”
  • Kelly Sproul, Eshleman, “Differentiated Stations to Enhance Fine Motor Skills in Kindergarten”
  • Deb Meckley, HS, “Freshman Transition Mentoring” program
  • Anthony Carrodo, HS, “Breakout EDU Boxes”
  • Kerry Bushong, Martic, “Flexible Seating”
  • Christina Beard, Conestoga, “Guided Reading Materials”
  • Dawn Janssen, Martic, “Bowling Equipment”
  • Charleton King, HS, “Digital Physics Interfaces”
  • Melissa Mulder, Martic, “I Spy Science” document cameras
  • Pam Noll, Central Manor, “Chair Organizers”
  • Amy D’Amico, Manor Middle, “Project STEM Enhanced” Makerspace materials
  • Sara Masten, HS “Percussion Project Continuation”
  • Lauren Ciemiewicz, HS, “All That Jazz” ensemble materials
  • Megan Miller, Conestoga, “Playaway Bookpacks”
  • Meridith Eckroat, Conestoga, “Traveling Trunk Outreach Program”
  • Jonathan Hess, HS, “Precision Measurement Tools” for Ag Mechanics and Engines courses
  • Jeffrey Taylor, HS, “The Thinking Library Collection: Puzzles, Brain Games and Building Materials”
  • Kyle Bulicz, HS, “Sustainability: A Biology and Chemistry STEM Approach”
  • Tamara Baker, Conestoga, “Environmental Education Day” at Lancaster County Park
  • Debra Goodhart, Marticville, “’Book Scavenger’ Reading Activity”
  • Erick Dutchess, HS, “Science Honor Society/AP Environmental Science Bat Box Project”
  • Jodi Swartz-Rankin, HS, “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” (presented through Wellness Works in Schools)
  • Meagan Slates, HS, “CASE Plant Science Supplies”
  • Tonya Beck, HS, “Water Quality Testing Equipment”
  • Richard Bodde, Eshleman, “Eshleman Shoots for the Moon: Bringing Families Together with STEM” rocket project
  • Andrew Johnson, HS, “Percussion Ensemble Development”
  • Sallie Bookman, HS, “TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude Math and Science) Design Challenge”
  • Jen Sugra, Martic, ”Kindergarten Resource for Connecting to Families”
  • Katie Lutz, Hambright, “Building a Culturally Responsive Book Closet”
  • Erick Dutchess, HS, “Environmental Science Aparist Project”
  • Jeffrey Himes, HS, “PMTV HD Cameras”
  • Kathleen Ashworth, Central Manor, “CoLibri e-Leonardo Book Covering Machine”
  • Donna Brady, HS, “Removing Barriers to a Successful Future” (financial assistance for ACT, SAT and AP exam and college application fees)

    Hambright students and their new books.

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Many thanks to our Extra Give supporters!

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Many thanks to the 90-plus donors who pledged $7,463 to PMEF during the Extraordinary Give. The November 18 online donation drive generated a whopping $7.2 million for local nonprofits in just 24 hours!

The Foundation is thrilled to have the following educators honored by our generous contributors: Bev Longenecker, Vince Miller, Ken Webster, Dr. Phil Gale, Barb Haverstick, Carly McPherson, Peg Murr, Katherine Kirk, Gail White, Anne Butterfield and the faculty and staff of PMSD.

Contributions also were made in honor of the Masten family, Chris and Anthony Knight, the Class of 1972 and the fine education received by Helen and Mark Hutchens. In addition, gifts were made in memory of Darlene Ford and Karen Shenk.

Thanks, also, to Spring House Brewing in Lancaster for providing the venue for our Extra Give Happy Hour.

For the second year in a row, contributions to PMEF exceeded the amount donated in the previous year.

Thank you again for your generous support of our programs!

 

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PMEF receives generous EITC donation

Brian Furman of Waste Management, left, presents a check to Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor superintendent.

Brian Fuhrman of Waste Management, left, presents a check to Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor superintendent.

Many thanks to Waste Management, which recently presented a $3,000 check to the Education Foundation through the state Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Waste Management has been a longtime EITC participant and has helped fund innovative grants to improve learning for Penn Manor students. EITC funds can be used for projects that fall under these designations:

  • STEM Instructional Equipment
  • Multimedia Instructional Tools
  • Focused Opportunities for Exceptional Students
  • Alternative Education Experiences
  • Agricultural Education Outreach 
  • Performing and Fine Arts Resources
  • Artist/Author in Residence
  • Supplemental Field Experiences

To find out more about the EITC program, click here.

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Get the latest PMEF news in the Fall Focus!

The fall 2016 Focus newsletter has been published, with stories on our new Strong & Healthy Families initiative, changes in board leadership and updates on our grant-funded classroom projects. Click here to read it!

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October and November 2016 PMEF board meeting minutes

Here are the minutes from the October and November board meetings of the Penn Manor Education Foundation:
PMEF Board minutes Oct 2016
PMEF minutes Nov 2016

 

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