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:


Upcoming Events

Information regarding the Moonlit 5K

Due to Covid-19, we have decided to postpone the 5K until we can all gather safely and as a community! The new date is to-be-determined and we will send an email once we have a new date set in place.

We are closely monitoring the situation and guidelines set by the government and the CDC. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and we can't wait to have our event and come together as a community!

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

Day 3

Staff Appreciation Day 3

Day 5

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 coming May 15

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.

The Class of 1959 Scholarship has been established to provide Moon Area High School seniors with scholarship opportunities for post-secondary studies in allied health careers or the trades.  If you are a member of the Class of 1959 and would like to contribute, please click below.  

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