Recent Projects

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.

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More than $48,000 worth of classroom Venture Grants were awarded in fall 2016 to benefit Penn Manor teachers and students. Grants for the following teachers were approved for 2016-2017:

  • Maria Vita, HS, “Learning About Abusive Dating Relationships” presentation
  • Shelly Kyle, Central Manor, “Scrambled States” geography game
  • Molly Miller, HS, “Rapid Prototyping in Computer Science and Engineering”
  • Kay Kane, Hambright, “Headphones”
  • Jenna Moyer, Letort, “First in Math for Grades 5 and 6”
  • Kelly Sproul, Eshleman, “Differentiated Stations to Enhance Fine Motor Skills in Kindergarten”
  • Deb Meckley, HS, “Freshman Transition Mentoring” program
  • Anthony Carrodo, HS, “Breakout EDU Boxes”
  • Kerry Bushong, Martic, “Flexible Seating”
  • Christina Beard, Conestoga, “Guided Reading Materials”
  • Dawn Janssen, Martic, “Bowling Equipment”
  • Charleton King, HS, “Digital Physics Interfaces”
  • Melissa Mulder, Martic, “I Spy Science” document cameras
  • Pam Noll, Central Manor, “Chair Organizers”
  • Amy D’Amico, Manor Middle, “Project STEM Enhanced” Makerspace materials
  • Sara Masten, HS “Percussion Project Continuation”
  • Lauren Ciemiewicz, HS, “All That Jazz” ensemble materials
  • Megan Miller, Conestoga, “Playaway Bookpacks”
  • Meridith Eckroat, Conestoga, “Traveling Trunk Outreach Program”
  • Jonathan Hess, HS, “Precision Measurement Tools” for Ag Mechanics and Engines courses
  • Jeffrey Taylor, HS, “The Thinking Library Collection: Puzzles, Brain Games and Building Materials”
  • Kyle Bulicz, HS, “Sustainability: A Biology and Chemistry STEM Approach”
  • Tamara Baker, Conestoga, “Environmental Education Day” at Lancaster County Park
  • Debra Goodhart, Marticville, “’Book Scavenger’ Reading Activity”
  • Erick Dutchess, HS, “Science Honor Society/AP Environmental Science Bat Box Project”
  • Jodi Swartz-Rankin, HS, “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” (presented through Wellness Works in Schools)
  • Meagan Slates, HS, “CASE Plant Science Supplies”
  • Tonya Beck, HS, “Water Quality Testing Equipment”
  • Richard Bodde, Eshleman, “Eshleman Shoots for the Moon: Bringing Families Together with STEM” rocket project
  • Andrew Johnson, HS, “Percussion Ensemble Development”
  • Sallie Bookman, HS, “TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude Math and Science) Design Challenge”
  • Jen Sugra, Martic, ”Kindergarten Resource for Connecting to Families”
  • Katie Lutz, Hambright, “Building a Culturally Responsive Book Closet”
  • Erick Dutchess, HS, “Environmental Science Aparist Project”
  • Jeffrey Himes, HS, “PMTV HD Cameras”
  • Kathleen Ashworth, Central Manor, “CoLibri e-Leonardo Book Covering Machine”
  • Donna Brady, HS, “Removing Barriers to a Successful Future” (financial assistance for ACT, SAT and AP exam and college application fees)

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

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
February 2006

October 2005
February 2005

October 2004
October 2003

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