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Moon Area High School seniors benefit from new partnership between Moon Area Education Foundation, Class of 1968 alumni and Robert Morris University
Moon Township, PA, September 17, 2020……When the Moon High School Class of 1968 graduated, they couldn’t have imagined that their plans for a class reunion in August of 2020 would be undermined by a worldwide pandemic. Thanks to quick thinking and a new partnership between the Class of 1968 and the Moon Area Education Foundation, the class reunion funds will be put to good use. Those funds will now provide eight scholarships to Robert Morris University for Moon Area High School seniors over the coming years.
The scholarships will be administered by the Moon Area Education Foundation under a grant from the ‘Moon Class of 1968, in honor of former class sponsor Joseph D’Andrea.’ Jennifer Daugherty, president of the Moon Area Education Foundation remarked, “This grant is so meaningful to the students of MAHS in many respects. It is from an entire class of former students, it recognizes a much beloved ninety-one-year-old class sponsor known for his tireless community service, and it ensures that eight future Moon Area High School seniors will have scholarship support at our local institution, Robert Morris University.”
Robert Morris University president, Dr. Chris Howard, had this to say, “Robert Morris University is a proud member of the Moon Township community, and grateful for our many partnerships with Moon Area High School. I commend the Moon Class of 1968 and the Moon Area Education Foundation for their generosity in making a college education more affordable for local students.”
The Moon High School Class of 1968 is on Facebook.
For more information on Joseph D’Andrea see the recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by columnist Brian O’Neill
Robert Morris University is a nationally ranked doctoral research university enrolling approximately 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. RMU offers fully online courses as well as a traditional residential college experience at its campus on 230 scenic acres 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The Colonials compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports, including basketball, ice hockey, football, volleyball, and lacrosse.
THANKS TO THE MOON AREA EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND AMPCO-PITTSBURGH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from Ampco-Pittsburgh Charitable Foundation, Moon Area Education Foundation partnered with Moon Area School District to supply 20 hotspots to the Mooncrest Neighborhood.
The hotspots, which were provided by T-Mobile at a reduced rate, will boost those students connectivity, speed, and reliability during this time of remote learning. Mr. Barry Balaski, MASD Superintendent, and Mr. Joe Johnson, Hyde Principal, visited Mooncrest to hand out the hotspots to the community.
A special thanks to Ampco-Pittsburgh Charitable Foundation for making this possible!
Volunteer In our Community
Attention all Moon Area High School Students–here are some GREAT in person service opportunities in Moon!
~West Hills Food Pantry:
Food Truck Unloading designated Mondays--bring work gloves & be able to lift 50lbs
Pantry Distribution designated Tuesdays-walk over from Moon High School
~Mooncrest Community Center Afterschool Program Volunteers. A special permission slip will be sent to your email once you've signed up. Those who are 18 years and older MUST also bring printed copies of: PA Child Abuse clearance, PA criminal records check and FBI Criminal History Background
~note that current CDC guidelines of masks & social distancing are being adhered to at both locations
With an eye on the future and a vision for enhancing Moon Area’s educational excellence, the seeds were planted to establish a nonprofit educational foundation to benefit the district and community. In April 2018, the Moon Area Education Foundation (MAEF) was incorporated. Thanks to a generous donation from Image360, our student designed logo was adopted.
The mission of the Foundation is to be a catalyst for positive change and to enhance, develop, promote, and finance innovative educational programs, activities, and projects for the Moon Area School District and community. This is accomplished by creating partnerships between MAEF, Moon Area School District, the community, alumni, businesses, and charitable benefactors.
In May 2018 501(c)(3) status was granted by the IRS. In addition, the Foundation began to partner with approved organizations under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) to create qualified educational programs. To date, four programs were approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For more information about the ETIC program or to apply for the EITC donor program, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website.
Board of Trustees
Jennifer Daugherty, President: MAHS graduate, hospitality management, consultant, parent of Moon Area High School alumnus
Dr. Noah Eger, Vice President: MAHS graduate, 3rd generation local business owner, current district parent
Basel Masry, Treasurer: CPA Vice President at a local leading financial institution and current district parent.
Michele Estright, Secretary: Teacher in the New Brighton Area School District, current district parent
Ned DiBenedetto, Nominations Trustee: Retired Moon teacher and principal, parent of Moon Area High School alumnus
Christianne Gribben: Assistant VP of Marketing Clearview FCU, current district parent
Andy Keppel: MAHS graduate, 3rd generation local business owner, parent of Moon Area High School alumna, current district parent
Al Quaye: MAHS graduate, Army Corps of Engineers, software development, marketing, management, technology sector startups, current district parent
Michael Santicola: MAHS graduate, Attorney, local business owner, current district parent
Michelle Zinsser, EITC Trustee: Strategy, Operations and Program Management Consultant; formerly with H.J. Heinz, Procter & Gamble and Valspar Corporation; current district parent
Promote,. Innovate. Partner. Enhance.
The Moon Area Education Foundation (MAEF), a 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in April 2018 as a catalyst for pathways to promote, pioneer, partner and enhance innovative educational programs, activities and projects that benefit the students of Moon Area School District (MASD) and the communities it serves. MAEF has 4 programs approved to receive Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds(EITC*). In addition, we seek to create partnerships between the Foundation, MASD, the community, alumni, businesses and charitable benefactors to further this mission. The MAEF Board of Trustees is comprised of 11 professionals who reside in our community with the ability and dedication to achieve this commitment.
Click the images below to learn more about each of our Initiatives:
Check back every day at Noon May 4th-May 8th to see a new video! Thank you MASD Staff!
Congratulations to Fall 2019 Teacher Grant Awardees:
Erin Ruggiero - $500 for Application of Film Technique; MAHS
Stephanie Fiala- $1175 for Bee Bots Branch Out; K-4 Hyde and Allard Elementary Schools
Carolyn Andrews- $456.37 for KEVA Planks; K-4 Hyde and Allard Elementary Schools
Bethanie Weigel-$497.66 for Become A Published Author; 3rd grade Hyde Elementary
Mary Jo Logelin- $486.66 for Flexible Seating; 3rd grade Allard Elementary
Angela Marino, Lisa May & Shannon Yanek-$945 for Maneuvering the Middle; 7th grade Math MAMS
Adrianne Kamisky- $493.96 for Spanish Classroom Library; Spanish 1, 6th thru 8th grades MAMS
Janice Barthen-$1100 for Adapted Music-Jumping Jack Theater; 5th-8th grades MAMS
Check back-- we will post pictures of these projects in action! Thank you to all the applicants!
The next teacher grant application period will open in Fall 2020.
Honors Night scholarship recipients!
Congratulations to Marc Pelkington, MAEF's first scholarship recipient awarded at MAHS annual honors night in May 2019.
Congratulations to Chloe Kuminkoski the 2nd recipient of MAEF’s Scholarship to an outstanding graduating senior.
Congratulations to Eliana Bonomo who is the Inaugural Recipient of the Class of 1959 Scholarship for pursuing a career in the trades or allied health profession.
Grants in Action - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Film Technique Grant Videos
The Five Points Video: