On May 14th CEF presented the Centennial School District with a check for $52,663.90 for student grant programs.
This included $26,000 from the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.
Warminster, PA – On behalf of the Centennial Education Foundation (CEF), Mrs. Carolyn Fisher, Executive Director of CEF, Mr. Robert Phillips, President of CEF, Bob Schrader, Vice President of CEF, and CEF Board Members Christine Bailey Alff, Dr. Al Catarro, Wayne McCulloch and former State Representative Bernie O’Neill presented a check for $52,663.90 to Dr. David Baugh, Centennial School District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jennifer Polinchock, Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Pollock and David Shafter, Centennial School Board Of Directors. These funds will be used to support the District’s initiative in developing college and career readiness through career pathways in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) programs for students district-wide. In addition, it supports teacher grants along with a middle school program called “Girls Unlimited”.
We used the EITC funds to support STEM, STEM, and hands-on student entrepreneurial projects in Grades K-12. The funds supplemented local funds by providing start-up funding for a variety of projects.
For example, EITC funds are used to support a post-advanced placement psychology course on neuroscience research in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and Fox Chase Cancer Center
There is support for new courses at the high school in the college and career pathways. This includes seed money for the Fashion Merchandising course in BCIT and robotics and engineering courses in Technology Education.
There are opportunities for students who are English Language Learners to expand their knowledge and use of scientific language through field trip experiences.
The Centennial Educational Foundation funding is being provided via the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). The EITC provides a tax credit for businesses that make donations to non-profit (501c3) organizations, such as CEF, to supplement programs like STEM and STEAM, as well as other enrichments to the regular school curriculum. Since 1997, the CEF has raised more than $500,000 in grants that are awarded to educators in the Centennial School District, providing supplemental funding to classroom projects that may otherwise not exist. CEF is independent of the school district and relies solely on donations and fundraising.
About the Centennial Education Foundation (CEF)
The Centennial Education Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit organization committed to providing enriching educational opportunities, programs and projects that will expand and enhance the basic, well-rounded education provided by the Centennial School District. The CEF does this by providing funds and talent from various segments of the community. The CEF’s solution is to provide mind-broadening, “above and beyond” educational experiences, not funded by tax revenues, to our students in order to give them a competitive edge in the changing world as they face the challenges of the future. For more information, visit www.centennialef.org.