Moon Area School District Graduation Ceremony


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Over $7,800.00 Awarded for Innovative Teacher Classroom Grants Impacting EVERY building in the District

Carolyn Andrews: $783.76

KEVA planks & Picasso Tiles for Bon Meade STEAM instruction (K-4)


Kathy O’Malley: $743.28

Kindergarten Word Building for J.A. Allard Elementary (K)


Alicia Schooley & Beth Southwood: $821.85

STEM Builders for the Future for Richard J. Hyde Elementary 3rd grade 


Mick Minamyer: $690.00

STEAM Podcasting/Digital Music Creation for 7th grade MAMS


Amanda Neville: $559.30

Developing Independent Tuning for MAMS Orchestra (5-8)


Jason Marko: $969.00

Making Chemistry “Visible” through Spectroscopy for MAHS  9th grade


Vicki Littell: $513.69

Building Social Connections through Tabletop Gaming for MAHS Tabletop       Gaming Club (9-12)


Jaime Rea: $855.00

Classroom Instruments that will create, engage & inspire young musicians for Brooks and McCormick Elementary (K-4)


Derek Blyzwick: $1,000.00

Increasing students’ physical activity with pedometers for Brooks and McCormick Elementary (K-4)


Starr Isaac: $957.07

A Classroom for All Capabilities for McCormick Elementary (Kindergarten)



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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

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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 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!

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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 alumna, hospitality management, consultant, alumnae parent


Dr. Noah Eger, Vice President: MAHS alumnus, 3rd generation local business owner, current district parent


Basel Masry, Treasurer: CPA Vice President at a local leading financial institution, current district & alumni parent


Michele Estright, Secretary: Teacher in the New Brighton Area School District, current district & alumni parent


Ned DiBenedetto, Nominations Trustee: Retired Moon teacher and principal, alumni parent


Christianne Gribben: Customer Experience Consultant for Highmark, current district & alumni parent


Andy Keppel: MAHS alumnus, 3rd generation local business owner, current district & alumni parent


Cara Lindberg Mason: Director of Economic Development for Coraopolis Community Development Corporation, current district parent


Al Quaye: MAHS alumnus, Army Corps of Engineers, software development, marketing, management, technology sector startups, current district parent


Michael Santicola: MAHS alumnus, 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 & alumnae parent

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Thank you all for your support we had an AMAZING time at the Moonlit 5K! We have an awesome community and we're so thankful that you support the initiatives the foundation is promoting for our students, teachers, and schools. Thank you to our curbside and event day volunteers, our business sponsors, and a special thank you to the Moon Area school board, principals, and superintendent for your help and support! We couldn't have done this without all of you!

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. 

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