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Education Foundation Introduces New Possibilities for School District

by on December 05, 2015 6:00 AM
State College, PA

Big possibilities are making their way to the State College Area High School District.

The district has started fundraising in the hopes of bringing its latest foundation to life: the SCASD Education Foundation.

Through this program, community gifts and donations would go towards the support of school programs, projects, and learning opportunities outside the existing budgets.

From helping a student pay for their club trip to a national conference to adding new science equipment, the foundation will create new and exciting opportunities for the school district and its students.

The Foundation has initiated its funding with the launch of their website,, which outlines donors and Foundation-funded programs and projects. 

The initial focus of the Foundation will seek to get funds to support student learning opportunities within over 100 co-curricular and extracurricular organizations, development and op-front costs for new curricular programs or learning tools, underprivileged students’ access to programs and organizations, and improving student access to mental health care.

The week of Dec. 7, the Foundation will send out letters to introduce the initiative and pursue contributions to the fund.

With Executive Director Paul Olivett, the Foundation will focus on getting funds to go directly to a recipient instead of creating a “pot of money.”

“I am very excited about the possibilities offered by the creation of the Foundation as well as having Paul’s expertise in the district,” Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said. “I believe we have a very supportive community that values education and will be able to demonstrate that support by contributing to the mission of the Foundation.”

The Foundation is currently working with the State College-based Affinity Connection on a survey for the community that will collect opinions and perceptions of the district.  So far about 15,000 parents and alumni have received an electronic survey and about 25 stakeholders have been interviewed over the phone.

From these results the Foundation will create more specific fundraising goals and will be able to create a long-term strategic plan.

The Foundation is also currently applying for permission to solicit Educational Improvement Tax Credit eligible donations from local businesses. Through this businesses that contribute to the fund will receive tax credits.

Jaime is a fall news intern for and a junior at Penn State.
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