Recent Grant-Funded Projects

More than $55,000 worth of classroom Venture Grants were awarded in fall 2018 to benefit Penn Manor teachers and students. Read more here. Grants for the following teachers were approved:

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 $12,000 in Strong Grants were awarded in 2018 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.

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