Glendale education foundation awards teacher mini-grants

COALPORT — At the Oct. 29 meeting of the Glendale School District Education Foundation, the board approved 17 of the grant committee’s recommendations for this year’s “Challenge Grants for Teachers” totaling $7,552.

Glendale Elementary School teachers were awarded grants: first grade teachers Bonnie Westrick and Lyncola Gallaher — “Mishler Theatre Experiences,” Shannon King — “Research/Enrich/

PreTeach/Upgrade“; fourth grade teachers Terry Wiedemann, Becky Link and Jen Lechner are collaborating on a “Character Counts” field trip experience; Allyson Gates and Patty Harrison — “The Magical Math Tour” presentation; fifth grade teacher Jill Klezek — “Science Classroom Starter Kit“; Lauren Madonna — “Thanksgiving Feast” and Patty Kimberly is planning an “Author Visit” and book purchase for first grade students.

In the high school the following six instructors received grants: English teachers Sara Grozanick and Kelsey Beirlair are taking their students on a field trip to experience “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Penn State; science teachers Mark Yeckley and Georgia Rice are receiving “Origami Organelles”; physical education teacher Amy Snyder — “Fly Tying and Fly Fishing”; Kimberly Kozak — second year for “Students of Distinction Brunch” program; and Rick Kozak — second year for “Schoolwide Banners.”

Board member Diane Andrews has agreed to continue as the Foundation’s liaison with the elementary school teachers for this year’s literacy program involving the 2019 “PA One Book” entitled “Not a Box” by author/artist Antoinette Portis. The board approved the purchase of 115 books for the students and teachers of kindergarten through first grade who will be completing special creative activities to accompany the book distribution planned for the spring.

Executive director Richard W. Snyder II was pleased to announce the “Paul W. Winslow Memorial Scholarship” given in memory of the former B.C.I. and Glendale teacher/administrator and Coalport community leader for many years. The funds for this scholarship is in the repository of the foundation and will be awarded beginning next year to Glendale graduates who, among other criteria, plan to major in either a B.S. degree program in education and/or science or intend to seek a two-year technical/vocational degree accreditation.

In other news, the board voted to fund a request from Dawn Cunningham and her high school Aevidum Club to acquire/

experience a presentation by noted motivational speaker, Joe Markiewicz of www.buildingstronger, came up with names of potential community replacements for longtime board member Clark Cree, who resigned due to residence relocation and approved William Morrison as new board vice president.

The next meeting of the Glendale Education Foundation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Josie’s Restaurant in Coalport.