When a thoughtful, dedicated group of high school students sought to honor those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms, the Ed Fund served as the lead financial backer. This multi-year project captured the hearts of the entire community and is still a focal point at Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Each class of Environmental Science II students have the ongoing responsibility of overseeing the plantings and general upkeep of the memorial garden; while the Ed Fund continues to accept donations to maintain a perpetual fund for future expansion of the area.
The Student Opportunity Fund is designed to provide financial assistance for education-related expenses that simply can’t be covered by any other means. The fund does not replace other typical means of funding, including district budget allocation, the mini-grant program, individual or group fund-raising, sponsorships, or underwriting by local individuals or groups. In most cases, the Student Opportunity Fund is usually the last best option for a student or a student group looking for financial assistance that is education-related.
Examples may include, but are not limited to: unforeseen registration fees or travel expenses for academic competitions; entrance fees for SATs or AP exams, expenses connected with a special recognition; supplies or travel expenses for special community-based projects.
The decision to award grants from the Student Opportunity Fund would rest solely with the Ed Fund Board, which bases each grant on a case-by-case basis, using very specific criteria. The Fund Advisory Board’s decision would be final.
Mini-Grants offer district staff opportunities to enhance educational experiences and activities, or perhaps take advantage of an opportunity for their students that wasn’t available at the time when budgets were being considered. With a grant of $500 and up, district staff can often see a need, find a solution, and turn a potential issue into a ‘problem solved’ or a ‘teachable moment,’ simply because the resources were readily available at that moment.
The largest and most visible 'named area' on campus is, by far, Papermakers Stadium. The descendants of P.H. Glatfelter, founder of the Glatfelter Company located in Spring Grove named the stadium after the thousands of employees who built the company and the community. For well over 100 years, the Glatfelter name has been synonymous with quality and dedication to quality - factors seen in the local workforce and in the school's approach to education.
Several areas of the District properties have become 'named entities' as part of the overall plan to fund several initiatives through the Educational Fund. The funds donated to secure those naming rights are tightly held in perpetual endowments, while their earnings from investment are used to fund various educational initiatives for our students. In some cases, donors have specified how those funds are to be used. In other cases, the proceeds can be used in a manner consistent with the district’s needs at that point in time.
A few years ago, the District was at a familiar crossroads for many schools -- expansion of wifi capability would greatly reduce dependence on expensive, quickly-outdated textbooks; but that same expansion was cost-prohibitive. The Ed Fund was in a position to help by contributing $50,000 toward the wifi infrastructure expansion. The expansion was already in the overall District plan; the Ed Fund gift allowed it to occur a bit sooner, making our wifi connections more dependable.
In 2008, over 5,800 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
One of them was Officer David Tome of the Northern Regional Police Department, who was killed while on duty along Route 15 in York County. David was a graduate of Spring Grove Area High School, a devoted husband and a father to two young children.