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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 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!



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


Upcoming Events

  • Moonlit 5K 2021 (Early Bird)
    Moon Area High School Tiger Stadium
    May 07, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Moon Area High School Tiger Stadium, 8353 University Blvd, Coraopolis, PA 15108, USA
    Moonlit 5K at "Tiger Stadium" -Food Trucks: Evil Swine BBQ, Wood Stoked Oven LLC, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Hot Bunz Food Truck -1mile fun run/walk -5K -Register by April 8th to guarantee a t-shirt! -Rain or Shine~no refunds~thank you for your donation

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:

Staff Appreciation

Check back every day at Noon May 4th-May 8th to see a new video! Thank you MASD Staff!

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Staff Appreciation Day 2

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Staff Appreciation Day 4

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Staff Appreciation Day 3

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Staff Appreciation Day 5

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



MAEF has been established to primarily support our educators and students. The financing of grants and academic initiatives will continue to be independent of MASD finances. We invite you all to join us in taking this to the next level by supporting the MAEF in securing funds to make our visions reality.

Click the donate button below to designate which class scholarship you would like your funds to be a part of or select "Foundation Scholarship" if you don't have a preference.

Thank you for your continued support of our foundation and the MASD students.

MAEF was recently approved to be a Contributor Choice Agency with United Way of Southwestern PA! We are now eligible to receive contributions through United Way for our STEAM programs. To donate call the number below and use our unique code (16321564) to designate your donation to MAEF!

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