Lois Crider is a 1945 Altoona High School graduate who retired from Acme Markets in 1979.
Elton Crider earned his AHS diploma in 1948 and was an elementary teacher in the Tyrone Area School District until his retirement in 1992.
Both are active volunteers for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and have logged 21,000 hours — primarily at the Altoona Regional Health System, Bon Secours Hospital Campus.
They were part of a small group of local people who helped re-establish the Altoona Area High School Alumni Association in 1989.
Elton Crider is a member of the AAHS Alumni Council, the organization’s governing body, and serves as the curator of the Alumni Museum, which is on the second floor of the Altoona Area Public Library.
He is active on the Blair County Historical Society board of directors and serves as the official bell ringer to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence every Fourth of July.
“The Altoona Area School District Foundation is a fine endeavor,’’ Elton Crider said. “We have been impressed with the way young people benefit from their teacher grants program and had a desire to make a gift that would impact this effort in a positive way.’’
Tom Bradley, the executive director of the AASD Foundation, said, “Lois and Elton Crider are proud Altoona High School graduates who have done many nice things for our community. Their generous donation will help advance our foundation’s mission forever.’’
This is the 15th Named Endowment Fund established since the program was initiated in 1999.
The program enables donors to make contributions that are invested and grown to a targeted level in 10 years. At that time, annual earnings will be used to support innovative classroom projects that impact all children in the school district.
The AASD Foundation was established in 1987 to enhance educational opportunities for all students in kindergarten through grade 12 and to encourage excellence and innovation in Altoona classrooms.