The 12 days of STEM and the Arts are now over at Claysburg. It was a big success! From the smiles on the kids' faces, they were loving it. They also really interfaced with the guest speakers, artists and musicians and their projects. The kids were as usual well-behaved. The teachers, check-in ladies, other volunteers, food staff and all others are to be commended for a job well done.

We wanted to thank Claysburg-Kimmel for offering the facilities and all the help they did especially by letting Michelle Guyer run the program for us. Involvement of some of the parents and other volunteers was really appreciated. It relieved a lot of work pressure on Foundation members, and Michelle did a first class job! We really appreciate it.

A few numbers. We will have spent $20,000 on this 12 day event with about 60 total kids registered from Claysburg-Kimmel of which about 12 were from other school districts like Hollidaysburg, Spring Cove, Northern Bedford, Juniata Valley, Williamsburg and one home schooled. We averaged about 45 per day.

We employed 17 different teachers of which most were from Claysburg with one from York, Altoona Tech Center, Chestnut Ridge, one outside art teacher and one outside music teacher.

The fee for students was only $25 per student for 12 days with many receiving funding from the Foundation to cover the costs in the form of a scholarship depending upon financial needs of the family. This included lunch each day, t-shirts for the kids and 12 days of activities.

The teachers were outstanding! The enthusiasm, willingness to get involved and interfacing with the kids was phenomenal. They were probably our best total group of teachers to date and all are willing to return again and also do other STEM related programs as needed.

We had a series of outside speakers like NPC, our local Claysburg company who sent six volunteers each week for three weeks to do presentations, Veronica Sell, a local Claysburg lady and educator who is from Hollidaysburg School District who engaged the kids every minute of her talk, Melody Kegg from First Commonwealth who taught the kids some finances and internet awareness, Blair County Conservation representative Suzanne Black who taught for a day about conservation, Reid Walter a local CK alum who spoke of the opportunities and activities of participating in clubs and events in college on project based beginning to end concept and Dr. Elizabeth Santini, a local resident within our CK district who returned for the third year teaching dissection of frogs. They did two field trips to the Hollidaysburg Planetarium and the Maker Studio in Hollidaysburg plus a trip to Mt. Aloysius. The kids were highly impressed with the field trips and how well they were welcomed at these venues.

The Rocket launches were coordinated by local resident Troy Crist and his work partner John from Creative Pultrusions and his sons, the music by Ben Eberhart, the art by Dawn McDannell and others plus other events such as going to visit Mother Nature along the stream behind the school were all hits.

And the final event - an Ice Cream bar was a big success! The kids were eligible for prizes each week totalling around $700. This year we kicked up the 12 days of events with even more technology and video editing and learning. The NPC commercials were a huge success and appreciated by the NPC Management group!

Again Claysburg-Kimmel thank you for use of the facilities and the cooperation of the staff.

To see all the activities and lots of photos, please click our website to view photos and activities by clicking this link:…

In case you did not know it, the Foundation donates $150,000-$175,000 per year to Claysburg-Kimmel and other local groups to benefit improvement of education in our area.

To learn more about what the Claysburg Education Foundation does, please visit the website by clicking the following link:

Claysburg Education Foundation