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
Dave Hays: MAHS graduate, retired Moon teacher and principal, parent of Moon Area High School alumnus
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
Michele Santicola: Attorney, Moon Township Supervisor, 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:
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.
Congratulations to Marc Pelkington, MAEF's first scholarship recipient awarded at MAHS annual honors night in May 2019.
MAEF Impact from April 2018 to date: $14,170