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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.

8353 University Blvd. Moon Twp PA, 15108

MOON AREA

EDUCATION

FOUNDATION

 

HISTORY

With an eye on the future and a vision for enhancing Moon Area’s educational excellence, our superintendent, Dr. Maureen Ungarean planted the seeds to establish a nonprofit education foundation to benefit the district and community.

In April 2018 Moon Area Education Foundation was incorporated and bylaws established.  A district wide logo contest was launched. 25 student designed entries were submitted from all grade levels. Nick Kranyak, Luna Emmerling and Grace Kriger were the 3 finalists recognized at the April 23, 2018 school board meeting.  Nick Kranyak, MAMS student, designed what is now the official logo. Thanks to the generous donation from Image360, it was converted into digital format. 

In May 2018 501(c)(3) status was achieved. Work began in partnership with the district on establishing programs to be approved to receive funds from approved businesses for the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit. All 4 submitted programs were approved December 2018.

Looking ahead to 2019 we are: actively seeking grants; submitting requests for EITC funding; rolling out Innovative Teacher Classroom Grants; partnering with district to host CEO’s to establish mutually beneficial relationships; adding an additional trustee; launching our website; seeking funding initiatives to support our mission. 

 

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 by creating partnerships between the Foundation, Moon Area School District, the community, businesses, and charitable benefactors.

 

Board of Trustees

Jennifer Daugherty, President: MAHS graduate, hospitality management, consultant, parent of Moon Area High School alumnus, current district parent

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, 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 Marc Pelkington, MAEF's first scholarship recipient awarded at MAHS annual honors night in May 2019. 

 

News

MAEF Announces First Round Teacher Grant Awardees:

Ian Finn and Scott Hilpert - $350 for Dyson Engineering Marble Challenge; 5th grade STEM MAMS

Caryn Glassbrenner- $424 for Breakout Box Kits; 4th grade McCormick Elementary

Neal Jacoby- $300 for Spring Initiative/Outdoor Classroom; K-4 McCormick Elementary

Autumn Cairns- $494.50 for K'NEX Renewable Energy Sets; 6th grade Science/Social Studies MAMS

Amy Hepak and Kayla Petrie-$450 for Flexible Seating; 5th grade inclusion Math/Science MAMS

Deanna Shaver- $2500 for Imagination Playground Blocks; K-4 Hyde Elementary; thanks to a generous donor directed donation 

Check back mid May when we will post pictures of these projects in action! Thank you to all applicants.

The next teacher grant application period will open Fall 2019.

Flexible Seating~MAMS

Dyson Engineering Marble Challenge-MAMS

MAEF Receives First EITC Donation from First Commonwealth Bank:

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Moon Area Education Foundation (MAEF) accepted a generous donation in the amount of $1,000 from First Commonwealth Bank.

 

First Commonwealth’s donation to MAEF is made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED).

 

MAEF Board Members Jennifer Daugherty, Dr. Noah Eger, and Michelle Zinsser accepted the donation from First Commonwealth Bank representatives Suzanne Parks and TJ Reisdorf, who is also a parent in the District.

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Moon Area Education Foundation (MAEF) accepted a generous donation in the amount of $1,000 from First Commonwealth Bank.

 

First Commonwealth’s donation to MAEF is made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED).

 

MAEF Board Members Jennifer Daugherty, Dr. Noah Eger, and Michelle Zinsser accepted the donation from First Commonwealth Bank representatives Suzanne Parks and TJ Reisdorf, who is also a parent in the District.

Hyde-Imagination Playground Blocks

McCormick Outdoor Classroom

K'nex Renewable Energy Sets

MAMS

The donation from First Commonwealth will benefit MAEF’s mission to enhance and provide funding for Moon Area School District (MASD) teachers and programs.

 

The funds will be applied to the EITC-approved programs, which include aquaponics, middle and elementary school STEAM, and health and wellness initiatives.