Nearly $50,000 worth of classroom Venture Grants were awarded in fall 2017 to benefit Penn Manor teachers and students. Read more here. Grants for the following teachers were approved:
- Stacey Brinkman, “A Novel Idea” – Novels and teacher manuals, Central Manor, grade 6
- Laura Stephan, “Implementing the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) Program in the Classroom,” Central Manor, grade 3
- Shelly Kyle, “Plant Mazes,” Central Manor, grade 2
- Kimberly Garvey, “CM Garden Extension,” Central Manor, grades K-6
- Johanna Treier, “Opportunity for Live Theatre” – show at Fulton Theater, Central Manor, grade 3
- Jenna DeLong, “Scholastic Magazine Subscriptions,” Central Manor, grade 2
- Christina Beard, “Sensory Materials” –therapy balls, fidget pencils and other materials to calm students, Conestoga, Learning Support
- Alison Witmer, “Kindergarten Chair Pockets” – to help students keep organized, Conestoga, Kindergarten
- Tamara Baker, “TIME for Kids Magazines,” Conestoga, grades 1, 4, 5 and 6
- Tamara Baker, “Restarting and Celebrating our Garden” – to rebuild community garden following renovations, Conestoga, grades K-6
- Jennifer Fisher, “Nook Knowledge” – tablets equipped with guided reading books, Conestoga, Learning Support/Special Education
- Larisa Garpstas, “Flexible Seating” – Adirondack chair, camp chair, wobble cushion, yoga mat and other alternative seating materials, Conestoga, grade 2
- Jen Kroesen, “Readathon,” districtwide, grades K-2
- Melissa Ostrowski, “Social/Emotional Programs to Support Student Mental Health” – workshops on making positive choices, stress and anger management, online safety and other topics, districtwide, grades K-12
- Kelly Sproul, “Light Tables/Panels to Enhance the Kindergarten Curriculum,” Eshleman, kindergarten
- Elizabeth Kaplan, “Education on the Move” – bean bags, beach balls, dice and other materials to encourage student movement, Eshleman, various grades
- Lorien Gilbert, “Flexible Seating for Children Struggling with Attention” (18 balance balls), Hambright, grade 3
- Brandy Smith, “Breakout EDU Boxes,” Hambright, grade 3
- Bill Southward, “Transforming Independent Reading” – expanded collection of books for four classes, Hambright, grade 6
- Katie Lutz, “Breakout EDU Kits,” Hambright, grade 5
- Margaret Kyper, “Connecting Content and Literature” – books on such topics as citizenship, family, neighborhoods and the sciences, Hambright, kindergarten
- Brian Osmolinski, “Making Physics for Everyone” – sensory equipment to enhance physics, forensics and science classes, high school, grades 9-12, Science Department
- Nadine Smith, “Multicultural Day” supplies, high school, all grades
- Alisha Gerhart, “Pediatric Child’s Toy Design” – project combining learning support and technology education students to design and build simple child’s toys, high school, grades 9-12, Applied Engineering and Technology Education
- Donna Brady, “Camden Adventure Aquarium” field trip with science careers presentation, high school, grades 9-12, gifted
- Jonathan Zimmerman, “Penn State University Sea, Air, and Land Challenge” – teams compete in the design and building of a drone, grade 9, gifted support
- Heather Paquette, “Cooperative Games to Improve Student Soft Skills,” high school, grade 9, Physical Education
- Kim Weit, “Operation Digital” – digital camera and printing equipment, high school, grades 9-12, Art Department.
- Jodi Swartz-Rankin, “Wellness Works in School” – mindfulness training, high school, grades 9-12
- Sara Masten, “SmartMusic at the High School,” grades 9-12
- Rachel Taylor, “Shredding Work Crew Equipment,” high school, Life Skills/School to Work Program
- Jeffrey Taylor, “STEM in the Library,” high school, grades 9-12
- Marty Ioannidis, “Professional Art Production Suite,” high school, grades 9-12, Art Department
- Tonya Beck, “Lab Equipment,” high school, grades 10-12, Biology
- Hanna Crowther, “Science Classroom Manipulatives,” high school, grades 9-12
- Maureen Klingaman, “French Readers,” high school, grades 9-12, Foreign Language
- Maureen Klingaman, “World Map for Multicultural Club,” high school, grades 9-12, Foreign Language
- Andrew Johnson, “Electronic Percussion,” high school, Music Department
- Jonathan Hess, “Flexible Storage for Experiential Learning of Engine Systems,” high school, grades 9-12, Agricultural Education
- Meagan Slates, “Plumbing Project Improvement,” high school, grades 9-12, Agricultural Education
- Lisa Suydam, “MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) Math Materials,” Letort, grade 4
- Jon Bittenbender, “Gettysburg Field Trip,” Manor Middle School, grade 8, Social Studies
- Nancy Nadig, “BreakOut Boxes,” Manor library
- Danielle Rogers, “Resident Therapy Dog” – training sessions, Manor, grades 7 and 8
- Jennifer Ennis, “Happy Atoms” – digital/physical chemistry set, Manor, grade 8, Science
- Sara Masten “SmartMusic for Middle School,” Manor, grades 7 and 8
- Danielle Rogers, “Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns” – therapeutic materials, Manor, grades 7 and 8
- Dawn Janssen “Bowling Equipment for Physical Education,” Martic Elementary, grades K-6.
- Debra Goodhart, “Book Scavenger – Bigger and Better,” Marticville Middle, grade 7, analytical reading and English class
- Nancy Nadig, “BreakOut Boxes,” Marticville Library
- Christine Harman, “Lego Bricks and Physical Science,” Marticville, grade 8, Science
- Shirley Murray, “Elementary Lesson Transformation Kits,” Pequea Elementary, grades K-6
More than $12,000 in Strong Grants have been awarded to improve opportunities for Penn Manor students and their families. Here are the projects:
- $7,000 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.
- $1,800 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 Penn Manor Family Fund, which provides food, shelter, transportation and medical assistance for families in need.
Read more here.
Below is a listing of awarded venture grants from previous years in PDF format.
Venture Grants are supported by:
Community civic and service organizations
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