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EDUCATION FOUNDATION


WHAT IS AN EDUCATION FOUNDATION?

An Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization established to receive and allocate resources that will serve to enhance the district’s educational program. Through the foundation, donors can dedicate financial gifts or tax deductable contributions of security, property, equipment and/or services and subsequently be assured that their gifts and/or contributions will be utilized to enhance the district’s educational program.


GOVERNOR MIFFLIN EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Governor Mifflin Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to seeking individual gifts and bequests and corporate gifts which can be awarded to support projects and teaching deemed by the trustees to advance excellence in education and to be of mutual benefit to the school district and the local community. The intent of the board is to fund projects by drawing from interest and not from the principle of the Foundation account.

Through its Board, the Foundation will solicit contributions in the form of property or direct financial support. In addition, the Foundation will seek contributions from a broader population base including, alumni, parents, students and friends of the district. The district’s staff has also been asked to support the Foundation’s efforts by authorizing a contribution in the form of payrol deductions.

The Foundation is designed to enchance the district’s educational program and will support exciting and innovative ideas that would serve to foster “cutting edge” approaches to learning. The Foundation does not, however, provide funds to subsidize that which the district’s budget should finance (i.e. field trips, textbooks, general supplies, etc.).


FUNDED PROJECTS

Over the past years, the Governor Mifflin Education Foundation has received over $300,000 in Education Improvement Tax Credit funding and individual donations. This money has been utilized to enhance the district’s instructional program through the purchase of:

  • MimeoTeach – Interactive white board technology that helps enhance the special education program at the Middle School. Three additional boards allow teachers to conduct highly interactive lessons with students while recording the lesson for review.
  • Leap into Literacy – The purchase of additional books and other materials helped expand this free program, which is open to preschool students and their parents throughout the district. The program is intended to provide parents with tools to help their students build literacy skills before entering kindergarten.
  • iPads – 30 iPads were purchased for the Cumru Elementary library as a learning resource available to all students at that school.
  • STARLAB – An interactive and exciting portable planetarium that can accommodate 25-30 adults and children.
  • Digital Arts Center – A high school computer-based art center that enables innovative practices with images, digital editing and animation.
  • Video-conferencing Technology – A district-wide program that permits Governor Mifflin studetns to pursue distance learning opportunities and interactive experiences with those outside the school district.
  • Web-based Instruction – Utilizing computers, Internet and wireless laptop computers, teachers utilize publisher’s servers and other net-based information to design interactive learning experiences for students. Funding has been used to ensure site licenses and additional laptop technology.
  • Technology Education Hardware and Software – Funding has been used to purchase technology education hardware and software that enable Governor Mifflin students to use state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology as part of the Technology Education Program.

FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Rick Wolf, Sr., President
Mr. Dick Ehst, Vice-President
Dr. Karen Rule, Treasurer
Mrs. Karen Cook, Esq., Secretary
Mrs. Melissa Fullerton, Chief Operations Officer
Dr. Steve Gerhard, Superintendent
Dr. Jack Harf
Mrs. Sherri Sacco
The Hon. Jill Koestel
Mr. Gordon McElroy
Mr. Richard Broadbent
Mr. Raymond Melcher

 
Questions concerning the Governor Mifflin Education Foundation should be directed to:

Melissa Fullerton

Chief Operations Officer, Governor Mifflin Education Foundation
610-775-1312
melissa.fullerton@gmsd.org


COMMEMORATIVE COURT

It’s never too late to leave your mark on Mifflin! 

Purchase a personalized brick or paver to be placed in the Governor Mifflin Commemorative Court.  Proceeds benefit the Governor Mifflin Education Foundation’s faculty grant program supporting innovation in our classrooms.

Don’t be a missing piece in the Commemorative Court!

>> Click here to download an application form.