Recent Grant-Funded Projects

2021 Venture Grant Projects

  • Stacey Brinkman, Central Manor grade 6, “Room for One and All” ($345) – Flexible seating to enable students to engage in peer tutoring, study sessions and small group instruction.

  • Anthony Corrodo, HS 9-12 math, “TI CBR Motion Lab” ($474) – A set of CBR motion detection sensors to enable students to graph their movements for calculus and algebra classes.

  • Lauren Ciemiewicz, HS 9-12 music, “Choral Performance Adjudication” ($1,000) – Fees for music students to attend an adjudicated choral festival in Hershey in May.

  • Timothy Deubler, Martic & Letort music, “Classroom Set of Ukuleles” ($3,200) – Sets of 25 Ukuleles and tuners for music classes at Martic and Letort Elementary Schools.

  • Jenna Fisher, Pequea K-6 “Action Based Learning at Pequea” ($181) – Materials to create action-based learning activities throughout the hallways of the school.

  • Katie Harnish, Hambright Grade 4, “EnviroScapes for Environmental Science” ($1,854) – Two Enviroscape models will enhance students’ understanding of watersheds, pollution and environmental problems. Students can manipulate the model to see how development impacts waterways and how wetlands and buffers can mitigate the impact.

  • Jeffrey Heiney, Eshleman first grade, “Sensory Pathway” ($1,500) – Sensory pathway for the first- and second-grade hallway of Eshleman to provide a series of guided movements so students can work off energy and develop gross motor skills.

  • Dawn Janssen, Martic K-12 phys ed, “Soccer Goals” ($2,551) – Aluminum outdoor soccer goals and for physical education classes.

  • Andrew Johnson, HS 9-12 music, “Not Your Typical Gong Show” ($1,835) – A gong and stand to be used by the music department to replace current equipment that is no longer functional.

  • Elizabeth Kaplan, Eshleman 2nd grade, “Individualized Enrichment Activities” ($381) – Three-dimensional games to stimulate higher-level thinking and independence while providing enrichment for students.

  • Matthew Kersic, Central Manor grade 6, “Math, Sports, Games and More!” ($500) – Math Sports kits to teach such ratios, fractions, percentages, exponents, factors and other math concepts using sports-related games.

  • Jen Kroesen, K-2 all schools, “Readathon” ($500) – Materials to support activities during a Readathon for students in K-2 at all Penn Manor elementary schools.

  • Emily Lyons, HS PMVS, “Plant Propagation for Anxiety and Stress Management” ($420) – Grow lights, plant stands, pots, plants and other materials to establish a plant propagation program for students enrolled in Penn Manor Virtual School.

  • Brian Malek, Central Manor K-6, “Central Manor Garden Grant” ($2,013) – Funding for 24 classes by The Edible Garden on plant classification, nutritional value of vegetables, pest management vs. pesticides, pollination, host plants, vegetable families, life cycles, and parts of a plant. The grant also will fund garden supplies.

  • Sara Masten, grades 7-8 music/band, “Middle School Band Percussion” ($2,313) – “Snare drum, practice pad, wind chimes, cymbals, mallets and other percussion supplies for the middle school band program.

  • James McGlynn, 10-12 science, “Scientific Calculators Allow for Equity in Problem Solving” ($762) – Scientific calculators for students to use in science/chemistry classes.

  • Erika McLaughlin, Marticville grade 7, “STEM in the Science Classroom” ($515) – STEM kits, including Snap Circuits, K’Nex, Legos, motors, simple machines and currents to be used during classroom lessons and extension activities.

  • Molly Miller, 9-12 technology/engineering, “Aerodynamics in Engineering” ($7,085) – A wind tunnel to support the advanced study of aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and aeronautical engineering.

  • Elizabeth Muehlbach, Manor 8th grade reading, “ELA Connection Builder” ($300) – Board games, including Scrabble, Boggle, Word Teasers, Bananagrams, and Apples to Apples, for “Connection Game Days” to build students’ relationships with the teacher and their peers.

  • Danielle Rogers, Manor grades 7 & 8, “Comet Connections” ($500) – Materials to support “Comet Connections,” a club that helps students develop skills to be more self-aware, develop positive relationships, show empathy towards others, manage emotions, use self-control, resolve conflicts and make positive decisions. Materials may include journals, markers, snacks, stickers, yoga mats, and transportation for field trips.

  • Matt Schuck, Hambright emotional support students, “Multi-Sensory Environment” ($1,631) – Materials to establish a multi-sensory room designed to meet the sensory needs of students, including auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and visual needs to help students develop coping strategies.

  • Elizabeth Sheerer, HS 9-12, “Shaken Baby and Real Care Infant Simulators” ($2,020) – Purchase of a shaken baby simulator and a real care baby simulator for students in child development, FCS and health classes to use at home and in the classroom.

  • Bradley Showalter, Hambright grade 4, “Groundwater Simulation System” ($1,988) – Two groundwater simulation stations to help students understand how the movement of water impacts aquatic ecosystems.

  • Nadine Smith, HS 9-12, “Social and Emotional Learning” ($500) – Funding to purchase prizes for students who participate in competitions to encourage social emotional skills. Prizes could include gift cards, field trips or assemblies.

  • Jenny Steffy, Pequea grades 1-6, “Digital Cameras for Art Classes” ($1,470) – 14 cameras to enable teachers to incorporate photography into art classes and to take photos for the school yearbook.

  • Laura Stephan, Central Manor grade 3, “Playaways” ($683) – Purchase of Playaways, which enable students to read books while listening to them on an audiotapes to help evelop reading fluency and stimulate interest in reading.

  • Kathleen Struble, HS 9-12, “Teaching Our Smart Cookies to Make Smart Cookies” ($500) – Materials to enable science and FCS students to bake and decorate cookies in the shape of things students study in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology, including chloroplasts, animal cells with organelles and the heart.

  • Jennifer Sugra, Martic Pre-K to grade 4, “Sensory Walk for Children” ($1,500) – Sensory path for use by students to identify letters and numbers and calculate multiplication patterns to encourage active learning.

  • Mary Wittemann, HS grades 9-11, “Kinesthetic-Tactile Resource Kit for Biology” ($1,957) – Interactive, durable materials to aid the study of cell transport, genetics, enzymes, DNA and protein synthesis, including enzymes in action, phospholipid and membrane transport kits.

2019-2020 Venture Grant Projects

Nearly $93,000 worth of classroom Venture Grants were awarded in fall 2019 to benefit Penn Manor teachers and students. Grants for the following teachers were approved:

  • Amy Adair, “Flexible Seating,” alternative seating options – Hambright ES grade 2.
  • Jill Almoney, “Artist/Author in Residence,” strings teacher and conductor Elizabeth Lavender – grades 5-6 music districtwide.
  • Jill Almoney, “Vamoosh Music and Speaker,” music instruction system – grades 4, 5 and 6, districtwide.
  • Mark Andrew, “Lego Education WeDo Kits” – Hambright and Central Manor grades 3 and 4.
  • Carrie Aukamp, “Peter Pan Field Trip,” Fulton Opera House – Manor Middle School grade 7.
  • Brittany Bauman, “Museum of the American Revolution Field Trip,” Philadelphia – Marticville Middle School grade 8.
  • Christina Beard, “Social Skills Materials,” sensory items, games and social skills materials to be utilized by special education students at five elementary schools.
  • Lisa Bitler, “Facility Dog Supplies” to support a therapy/facility dog at Marticville Middle School.
  • Jon Bittenbender, “Gettysburg National Military Park Field Trip” – Manor Middle School grade 8.
  • Rachel Bixler, “Sensory Materials Lending Library,” alternative seating and other sensory materials to be loaned, as needed, districtwide K-12.
  • Stacey Brinkman, “For the Love of Learning,” math bingo and reading and writing skills materials — Central Manor grade 6.
  • Lauren Ciemiewicz, “All That Jazz, Part 3” chorus and vocal jazz music and microphones – Penn Manor HS music classes.
  • Megan Collins, “Scholastic News Magazine” subscriptions – Central Manor grade 3.
  • Krista Cox, “Choose to Move Seating,” alternative seating for classrooms – Eshleman K-6.
  • Christa Craig, “Books Every Business Professional Should Read,” for business department/school library – Penn Manor High School grades 9-12.
  • Patty Detter, “Multicultural Literature in Our Classroom,” reading libraries – Eshleman Elementary, all grades.
  • Joel Ernst, “Gel Electrophoresis and PCR Equipment” to study DNA – Penn Manor HS science classes.
  • Kara Eshleman, “Traveling Science Show, Hot & Cold,” Franklin Institute traveling show on states of matter – Pequea Elementary.
  • Neil Fellenbaum, “UAVs for Agriculture, Part 2,” infrared crop scouting camera for use with a drone in Penn Manor HS agricultural education classes.
  • Heather Fellenbaum, “Classroom Library Update,” schoolwide silent reading books – Conestoga Elementary.
  • Heather Fellenbaum, “Conestoga Book Room Update,” 100 new sets of books for differentiated instruction – Conestoga Elementary.
  • Jennifer Fisher, “Flexible Seating for Sensory Needs,” alternative seating and sensory materials for learning support students – Conestoga Elementary.
  • Jenna Fisher, “Sensory Walk” hallway stickers to assist in behavioral management and give students a physical activity – Pequea Elementary.
  • Jenn Forney, “Lifelong Recreational Activities,” indoor recreational games, including cornhole, Kan Jam and washer toss – Penn Manor HS physical education.
  • Joey Garrett, “Manufacturing and CNC Machining,” CNC router and tooling to expand STEM instruction on manufacturing processes – Penn Manor HS.
  • Kim Garvey, “Community Building: Recognizing Students’ Home Communities,” flags of 25 countries of origin – Eshleman Elementary.
  • Alisha Gerhart, “3D Printing Pens,” set of five 3D pens and filament – Pequea Elementary and Penn Manor HS.
  • Lorien Gilbert, “Breakfast Book Club for Sixth Grade,” books for pleasure reading club that meets for breakfast – Hambright ES grade 6.
  • Diane Glock-Cornman, “Learning to Do,” supplies for raising and showing animals at fairs – Penn Manor HS agricultural education department.
  • Deb Goodhart, “Choosing Books,” books for students to read and create “book trailers” to entice other students to read them – Marticville Middle grade 7.
  • Kathy Grenier, “Graphing Calculators in the Classroom,” replacement calculators – Penn Manor HS math department.
  • Katie Harnish, “Building Bridges with Refugees and Immigrants,” project pairing students with refugees and immigrants in the community to share their stories via podcasts and VR tours – Hambright Elementary grade 5.
  • Barbara Haverstick, “Nonfiction Enrichment,” sets of nonfiction books on refugee stories – Pequea Elementary grade 5.
  • Dawn Janssen, “Heart Health,” blood pressure monitors and cuffs – Martic Elementary physical education classes.
  • Andrew Johnson, “Penn Manor Marching Unit Battery Recharge,” bass, snare and tenor/quad drums – Penn Manor HS.
  • Baron Jones, “Spoken Word Club,” 20 visits by artist in residence Ty Gant to promote teamwork and communication – Penn Manor High School.
  • Connie Kinser, “Puppet Grant,” puppets to engage students in language arts lessons – Central Manor kindergarten.
  • Kathy Kirk, “Equity and Diversity Classroom Library Makeover,“ books for reading library with more diverse content – Manor Middle grade 7.
  • Angelika Koerner, “Culinary Culture,” hot plates and fire extinguishers for cooking ethnic foods – Penn Manor HS foreign language department.
  • Doug Kramer, “Tangrams” math puzzles for use in the classroom – Penn Manor HS math department.
  • Jennifer Kroesen, “Readathon” event to encourage reading among younger students – districtwide, grades kindergarten to 3.
  • Maggie Kyper, “Kindergarten Boost Program,” materials for language arts enrichment – Hambright Elementary kindergarten.
  • Wendy Letavic, “English Learners and Ballet,” trip to “Nutcracker” live performance – Penn Manor HS English Language Development students.
  • Sara Masten, “Orchestral Percussion Project,” cymbals, mallets and sticks for orchestra students – Penn Manor High School.
  • James McGlynn, “Spec-20 for STEM,” spectrophotometers and glassware for use by AP chemistry students – Penn Manor High School.
  • Todd Mealy, “The Dialogic: A Student Produced Magazine” featuring AP seminar students’ scholarly writing and artwork – Penn Manor High School.
  • Meagan Miller, “Sensory Pathways to More Learning,” hallway sensory path and playground activity circuit – Conestoga Elementary School.
  • Emily O’Donnell, “Fifth Grade Guided Reading,” guided reading books of various genres and cultural references – Central Manor Elementary grade five.
  • Brian Osmolinski, “Diffraction Lab and Beyond,” diffraction lab materials for physics and engineering students – Penn Manor High School.
  • Brian Osmolinski, “CO2 Sequestration with Azolla,” materials to grow and test aqueous Azolla ferns in physics classes – Penn Manor High School.
  • Melissa Ostrowski, “Career and Social/Emotional Supports,” career development programs and materials – districtwide.
  • Carol Purzycki, “The Human Circuit,” sets of energy sticks for science experimentation – Central Manor Elementary grade 5.
  • Skip Reddig, “Guitar Capo Grant,” set of capos for guitar classes – Penn Manor High School.
  • Katharine Rodriguez, “Harriburg Field Trip,” tour of state Capitol building for Multicultural Club members – Penn Manor High School.
  • Grace Sanna, “Alternative Desks,” standing and floor desks for students – Pequea Elementary grade 2.
  • Matt Schuck, “Sensory Path,” floor stickers for emotional support students – Hambright Elementary School.
  • Meagan Slates, “Vertical Growing Science Tower Garden Classroom Collaboration,” tower garden growing projects – High school ag and family and consumer science classes.
  • Nadine Smith, “Multicultural Day,” food to prepare ethnic dishes for annual celebration – Penn Manor High School.
  • Laura Stephan, “Window to the World, Mirror to My Classroom,” classroom library updates to reflect student diversity – Central Manor grade 3.
  • Laura Stephan, “Playaways,” audio versions of chapter books to help student comprehension –Central Manor, grade 3.
  • Lisa Suydam, “Rebuilding the Classroom Library,” updates to traditional literature and nonfiction classroom books – Letort Elementary grade 4.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, “Audiobooks for English Course Content,” audiobooks for loan via the Internet to assist struggling students – Penn Manor HS library.
  • Jeb Thompson, “Using Robotics to Enrich and Promote Learning in Elementary Classrooms,” sets of Lego WeDo robot kits – Martic Elementary grade 4.
  • Tom Wainman Jr., “Learning with Legos,” sets of Legos and Magformers for use by learning support and emotional support students – Hambright Elementary.
  • Emily Wise, “Fulton Opera House Field Trip” to see Little Mermaid – Central Manor grade 3.
  • Mary Witteman, “Enrichment for All – Keystone Biology,” National Aquarium field trip – Penn Manor High School Biology/Chemistry Keystone classes.
  • Jonathan Zimmerman, “Penn Manor High School Robotics Team,” materials to create robots for student competitions – High school grades 9-12.

2019 Strong & Healthy Grant Projects

More than $15,000 in Strong & Healthy Grants were awarded in 2019 to improve opportunities for Penn Manor students and their families. The projects include:

  • $5,000 to pay for uniforms, tools, equipment and supplies for disadvantaged students attending Lancaster County Career & Technology Center programs.
  • $2,500 to help students with financial difficulties pay fees for college applications, SAT tests and advanced-placement tests.
  • $1,000 to distribute free books to disadvantaged students in the Pheasant Ridge and Manor Heights neighborhoods and to support the Lancaster County Bookmobile.
  • $1,000 to support the PM C.A.R.E.S., which provides household essentials to families in need.
  • $1,850 for counseling programs for at-risk students.
  • $2,000 to support the Teen Hope depression screening program.
  • $760 to provide graduation caps and gowns to needy students.

Read more here.

2018 Venture Grant Projects

  • Tamara Baker, “Support for the Garden Club at Conestoga” hands-on gardening lessons – Conestoga ES grades 4-5.
  • Christina Beard, “Reinforcing Social Skills Using Children’s Literature” – elementary special-education students, districtwide.
  • Jon Bittenbender, “Gettysburg National Military Park Field Trip” – Manor MS, grade 8.
  • Stacey Brinkman, “Math, Sports, and Beyond!” math enrichment materials – Central Manor ES, grade 6.
  • Michelle Brooks, “Flexible Seating and Classroom Library” books, yoga mats, inflatable chairs and camp chairs – Conestoga ES grade 2.
  • Ashley Brubaker, “It’s All About the Bass!” half-size bass – Hambright ES, grades 4-6.
  • Lauren Ciemiewicz, “All that jazz … Continued!” music, microphones and stands – Penn Manor HS music classes.
  • Jennifer Ennis, “Cricut Creations – Promoting Positivity” equipment to create positive message vinyl displays – Manor MS
  • Kara Eshleman, “STEM Activities for Third Grade” – Pequea ES
  • Neil Fellenbaum, “UAVs for Agriculture” drone for use in Penn Manor HS agricultural education classes.
  • Holly Fiorillo, “Young Adult Literature Paired with Classic Literature” young adult book club resources – Penn Manor HS.
  • Shelby Foster, “Google Expeditions Kit” for creating/viewing virtual and augmented reality projects – districtwide.
  • Angela Galgon, “Elizabeth Zunon, Author and Illustrator” artist in residence – Manor MS.
  • Kimberly Garvey, “Classroom Flexible Seating” – Eshleman ES grade 3.
  • Lorien Gilbert, “Sign Language Teaching Club” – Hambright ES grades 5-6.
  • Kathy Grenier, “Project Graphing Calculator” – Penn Manor HS math department.
  • Danielle Gwyn, “Classroom Library Update” – Letort ES grade 4.
  • Sue Hamer, “Quarter-Size Bass” – Pequea ES grades 1-6.
  • Jessica Hoke, “Whiteboard Clipboards for Student Use” – Hambright ES grade 2.
  • Katherine Houck, “Books for our Spanish Speaking Population” – district middle schools.
  • Andrew Johnson, “Cast in Bronze – Zildjian Cymbals” – HS music department.
  • Maureen Klingaman, “Spanish I Easy Readers” – HS foreign language department.
  • Angelika Koerner, “French and German Voluntary Reading Library” – HS foreign language department.
  • Jennifer Kroesen, “Readathon” – districtwide, grades kindergarten to 3.
  • Shelly Kyle, “Planetariums” – Central Manor ES, grade 2.
  • Wendy Letavic, “Nutcracker Ballet and Lunch” – HS English Language Development students.
  • Gary Luft, “Lego Time” – Lego sets for HS homeroom.
  • Katherine Lutz, “Flexible Seating for 21st Century Learning” – Hambright ES grade 5.
  • Sara Masten, “Making Memories” videography equipment – HS music department.
  • Erika McLaughlin, “STEM Kits in the Science Classroom” – Marticville MS grade 7.
  • Melissa Mealy, “Resident Therapy Dog” – Hambright ES.
  • Melissa Mintzer, “Artist in Residence Elaine Bromka” – HS theater department.
  • Elizabeth Muehlbach, “High-Interest Young Adult Books for Struggling Readers” – Manor MS grade 8.
  • Nancy Nadig, “Graphic Novels for the Library” – Manor and Marticville ES.
  • Brian Osmolinski, “Taking Physics to New Heights” drone for science studies/experiments – HS science grades 10-12.
  • Melissa Ostrowski, “Supporting Student Social Emotional Growth and Wellness” counseling programs – districtwide.
  • Brittany Patterson, “Museum of the American Revolution Field Trip” – Marticville MS grade 8.
  • Beth Reburn, “Standing Desks for Learning Support Students” – Penn Manor HS grades 9-12.
  • Casie Saxton, “Guided Reading Materials” – Central Manor ES kindergarten and 1st grade.
  • Laura Stephan, “Movement Matters” wobble stools – Central Manor grade 3.
  • Jeffrey Taylor, “Spanish Language Books” – Penn Manor HS library.
  • Johanna Treier, “Fulton Show and Virtual Tour Project,” students will see a show and create a virtual reality tour of theater experience – Central Manor ES grade 3.
  • Katelyn Trostle, “Breakout EDU Kits” – Martic ES grade 3.
  • Beth Wagner, “Exercising Children’s Brains” fitness/drumming workout – Hambright ES, grade 6.
  • Kaca Wee, “Kuman 3D Printing Pen Creativity Cell Project” – HS grade 10.
  • Jonathan Zimmerman, “Penn Manor High School Robotics Club and Competition Team” materials – HS grades 9-12.

More than $15,000 in Strong Grants were awarded in 2019 to improve opportunities for Penn Manor students and their families. The projects include:

  • $5,000 to pay for uniforms, tools, equipment and supplies for disadvantaged students attending Lancaster County Career & Technology Center programs.
  • $2,500 to help students with financial difficulties pay fees for college applications, SAT tests and advanced-placement tests.
  • $1,000 to distribute free books to disadvantaged students in the Pheasant Ridge and Manor Heights neighborhoods and to support the Lancaster County Bookmobile.
  • $1,000 to support the PM C.A.R.E.S., which provides household essentials to families in need.
  • $1,850 for counseling programs for at-risk students.
  • $2,000 to support the Teen Hope depression screening program.
  • $760 to provide graduation caps and gowns to needy students.

Read more here.

Below is a listing of awarded venture grants from previous years in PDF format.

Fall 2017 Venture Grants
Fall 2016 Venture Grants
Spring 2015 Venture Grants
Fall 2014 Venture Grants
Spring 2014

Fall 2013
February 2013
October 2012
February 2012
October 2011
February 2011 
October 2010
February 2010
October 2009
February 2009
October 2008
February 2008
October 2007
January 2007
October 2006

Venture Grants are supported by:

Alumni groups
Area businesses
Caring individuals
Community civic and service organizations
Planned giving
School district staff
Other charitable foundations

Penn Manor Education Foundation also has funded the following projects and many more:

  • Penn Manor Districtwide Readathon
  • Parent Resource Centers at several elementary schools.
  • Artist-in-Residence (authors, performers).
  • Hands-on study of marine life and aquatic vegetation.
  • Purchase of elementary school musical instruments.
  • Purchase of the latest technology at all academic levels.
  • Equipment for the Penn Manor High School TV station