Foundation accepts donation, discusses scholarships

Courtesy photo Kelsey Troxell, Glendale High School Indoor Majorette director, presents a check for $526 to Glendale Education Foundation President Rick Holes (left) and Executive Director Richard W. Snyder II.

COALPORT — At the April 29 meeting of the Glendale Education Foun-dation, Kelsey Troxell, director of the Glendale High School Indoor Majorettes, presented the board a check for $526 — proceeds from the Glendale Indoor Majorette Contest of March 16.

Troxell told the members that it’s been a tradition of her squad to give back to the community, so she chose the foundation to receive $1 from every ticket purchased to the event.

Scholarships dominated the majority of the agenda, as the group was able to select the winner of the foundation’s $500 Glendale Educational-Community Scholarship — as well as determining seven winners of 17 other scholarships held in the foundation’s bank accounts.

In preparation for the Scholarship Award Program set for May 22, the scholarship subcommittee scheduled student presentations of the three Dr. Edward B. Turchick Scholarship applicants, reading essays for three teacher scholarships, which would help in determining three more awards.

After learning about the success and impact of guidance counselor Kim Kozak’s foundation-funded Challenge Grant project titled “Students of Distinction” — where grade seven to 12 students are nominated by high school faculty to reward students in their classrooms for any kind of achievement — the board voted to keep this impactful project continuing by offering to fund it annually for $700.

The board received a check for $1,000 from Glendale alumnus Joseph Tiesi from State College that has been earmarked to fund an early childhood literacy project, specifically helping parents of kindergarten students learn about “phonological awareness” as a way to assist their child with reading. Mater-ials and literary activities will continue throughout next school year.

It also discussed the June golf tournament fundraiser.

The board agreed to donate $100 to the Glendale SADD program in the high school to help fund the “Angel Tree” project.

It also learned that another double-sided sign advertising the Glendale Education Foundation is being made ready on Route 53 between Irvona and Coalport.

The board heard that a total of 18 students (grades nine through 12) would be awarded “Academic Letters,” and 36 students have earned gold pins for their letters, for having achieved the mandatory 94 percent average for three of the four nine-week periods.

The next meeting of the foundation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Josie’s Restaurant in Coalport.

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