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May 18, 2018
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) as the most recent recipient of the Adler Friend of Education award.
“It is an honor to receive an award like this from an organization that has been a voice of advocacy for teachers and students throughout Pennsylvania for more than 150 years,” said O’Neill.
PSEA’s top honor, the Adler Award, is presented to individuals who have made outstanding statewide contributions to public education.
A selection committee made up of PSEA members chose O’Neill for the award because of his work in driving several significant pieces of education legislation into law, including measures to set statewide standards for business, computer and information technology courses; develop a new formula for funding special education; and create the Basic Education Funding Commission, which was tasked with creating a new and more equitable funding formula for distribution to Pennsylvania’s public school districts.
The award was presented during PSEA’s annual Celebrating Excellence dinner on May 10 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.
“There is no doubt that Bernie O’Neill is a good friend of public education and a great friend of PSEA,” PSEA President Dolores McCracken said. “He is someone we can always count on to put the needs of our schools and students first. And he absolutely respects the incredible work that PSEA members do in Pennsylvania’s public schools every day. He deserves this award, and it is a privilege to recognize him for the great work he does.”
As part of the award honors, PSEA made a donation directly to the education organization of O’Neill’s choice — Centennial Education Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit that supports programs that benefit students in the Centennial School District.
Prior to elected office, O’Neill taught special education at William Tennent High School in Centennial School District for more than 25 years.
On April 24th CEF presented the Centennial School District with a check for $57,204.85 for student grant programs.
This included $33,600 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, and CEF Board Members Christine Bailey Alff and Wayne McCulloch presented a check for $57,204.85 to Dr. David Baugh, Centennial School District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jennifer Polinchock, Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Pollock, 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.
The District’s focus for this initiative is to provide practical educational experiences to students in STEM and STEAM. Through partnerships with corporations and universities, the District can create real-world experiences in fields of study, industry, and entrepreneurial pursuits. This “in-sourcing” allows students to explore careers in science, industry, technology, and business through authentic project-based learning. Both programs encourage an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum that closely matches what a student will experience in college and the workforce.
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.
The annual CEF Awards and Recognition Breakfast was held on April 26, 2018 at Ann’s Choice in Warminster. CEF awarded over $26,000 in grants for 51 different student programs.