Photo courtesy of Altoona Mirror. Published on page #1 - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Altoona Mirror
Our goal is simple:
To help create learning success stories,
one student at a time.
Since we formed just five short years ago in 2014 the Foundation has striven to become a "Learning Center" helping students fulfill their educational potential needs. Initially we did this through STEM programs with personalized instruction working hand-in-hand with the students and their classroom teachers for the most efficient learning. We have spent or committed $419,838 in that short five year period!
Overall since 2014 we have promoted a Career Day, covered the expenses of teachers to learn about STEM through professional growth, purchased technology equipment for the Claysburg-Kimmel School District, promoted the Arts through an art show and musical program, supplied money for teachers for Venture grants, sponsored field trips, supported reading competition programs for Bedford County, supported the CK Backpack program, worked with Catalyst Space for a STEM field trip program and worked with the FBLA students on their Veteran's project and more recently their Celebrating Seniors "Random Acts of Kindness" project to name a few and assisted them on their endeavors to the FBLA Nationals.
The Foundation has collaborated with the foundations at all surrounding schools in Blair and Bedford County as well as the Intermediate Unit 8 to further satisfy the growing needs of today's students.
For the past several years we held a twelve day Summer STEM and the Arts session in Claysburg. This year in 2019 90% of the students were from the Claysburg area, and the remaining 10% came from other school districts. We employed teachers of which eleven were from Claysburg and three from other school districts. It was a big success. There are some STEM and Arts photos that have been posted on the STEM and Arts web page. This year Claysburg-Kimmel took the reins with Michelle Guyer coordinating it and operating it in conjunction with the parent's group and Foundation. Michelle Guyer did a fantastic job! The Foundation will continue to finance the project.
Our expenses for 2018 to Claysburg-Kimmel School District totaled $160,492 plus $2,732 administrative expenses for a total of $164,924.
For 2019 the Foundation has spent $166,959 of which $154,658 was to Claysburg-Kimmel School District and $6,000 to the Claysburg Area Public Library plus $5,374 administrative expenses.
We decided to cover the costs of delinquent lunch accounts as of December 31, 2019 for all students. Total monies expended was $1,373.45 and covered over 100 students with delinquent accounts or more than 12% of the student population. Payment was made in 2020 for this. We wanted to help those in need at the Christmas and Holiday time of the year.
For the past two years, a major portion of expenditures was for "Project Lead the Way" and to fund many of the I-Pads. Claysburg-Kimmel is now an Apple education school with one-on-one I-Pads for each student. Additional monies were expended for additional Technology, Inventionland, teacher and student Venture Grants, Math programs and a variety of other items. One of our major expenditures in 2019 was supporting and financing Dual Enrollment for students at a cost of $26,876. We decided to do Dual Enrollment funding to assist those who financially could not afford the cost of the college fees.
Going forward into 2020, the Foundation is financially poised to continue supporting the Claysburg-Kimmel School District. This is mainly due to the generosity of our local businesses contributing through PA EITC tax credits. We want to thank them for their support of our Claysburg community. We encourage you to talk to us about these opportunities to help the Foundation and school district. This year we will also be working with individuals and couples on PA EITC tax credits.
Commitments of monies have already begun for 2020. In addition to the continued focus on STEM and the Arts, the Foundation will be expanding its role with funding for trips for students to colleges and other locations so students can see the types of careers and additional educational experiences are available. There will be an increased emphasis on STEM especially in the high school after school and during school with additional training and special projects with more rigor involved. Leadership, Clubs, Student and Community Projects will also focus on working with the entrepreneurial aspect of student leadership. We have provided funding for Rachel's Challenge for the school district as well as a Technology Grant for Video and Editing Technology just to name a few. Rachel's Challenge was held in early 2019 as a means of promoting student goodwill in the school district.
Additionally the Foundation and Claysburg-Kimmel School District had met with and cemented a relationship with Penn State University last year. Going forward, we will have a renewed and even greater emphasis on these projects in several potential areas of leadership during the current school year and also with a summer program. Also we have formed an alliance with Mt. Aloysius College as well as St. Francis College and Penn Highlands on Dual Enrollment for our Claysburg-Kimmel students since financially this is a problem for many students.
The Foundation's success begins with the donations from businesses and individuals. Without these funds and much of it PA EITC funds, we would never be able to finance many of the projects needed by the district.
Local businesses such as NPC and their staff continually work with us both financially and with their employees interfacing with our students and Claysburg-Kimmel teachers and staff. One of the best examples has been the success of our Claysburg-Kimmel FBLA group and NPC working together to critique their state and national competitions and providing co-op opportunities for students. We want to thank each and everyone involved for their contributions to the Foundation and the Claysburg-Kimmel School District.
Also our unpaid volunteers have been a key part of our success. They contribute their time, financial resources, food for STEM and in many other ways. We are always looking for more volunteers.
Join us, assist us, support us with your time, talents and finances as we continue to work with the Claysburg-Kimmel School District on making it a progressive, technology driven school.
Are you passionate about what we are doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
HOW WE'RE HELPING
We are a community-based organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our tireless staff, we organize fundraisers, exciting community-building events and in-depth training sessions for our kids and the community.