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Central Pennsylvania Japanese School gift funds library resources

In March 2022, the Central Pennsylvania Japanese School (“Central Pennsylvania Nihongo Gakko”) made a $20,000 contribution to the Education Foundation to hono

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A new opportunity is now available for honorary and donor recognition

Even during its earliest stages, the Education Foundation fielded questions from supporters about name recognition opportunities, such as plaques and signage. Mos

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Mary Kay (Archer) Montovino ’73 brings depth of experience to her role

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Mary Kay (Archer) Montovino ’73 has had many roles within the school district—student, alumna, parent, staff member, and volunteer. Now she’s bringing her knowledge of and love for SCASD to her role as Education Foundation president. A lifelong resident of State College, Mary Kay attended SCASD K-12 and was involved with

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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

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Photo: Park Forest Middle School Facebook page During one of the busiest times of the year, on behalf of the Education Foundation board of directors, I’d like to take a moment to wish our families, faculty, staff, volunteers and students a holiday break filled with family, frie

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Keeping Little Lions connected across time and distance

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Calling all State High alumni! Your memories, photos and experiences are key to keeping our proud traditions and connections going. Take 10 minutes to share your thoughts in this alumni survey

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Record round of grants announced for Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity Fund

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“We are thrilled to announce that the most recent round of grant funding was record-breaking in more ways than one,” said Michelle Frisco, president of the Education Foundation board. “The Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity Fund & Grant Program is growing as an important driver of innovation and opportunity for e

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2023 Maroon & Gray Society nominations re-opened

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There is still time to nominate an alumnus, teacher, coach, community member or team for next year’s Maroon & Gray Society. Honorees will be inducted at the dinner in May 2023. Make your nominat

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Homecoming Details and Alumni Association News

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Homecoming traditions going strong Don’t miss the parade, the pep rally and the game at Memorial Field as part of this year’s Homecoming celebration! The annual Homecoming Parade is set for Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. and will end with a pep rally at Memoria

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IB Program is “Incredible, Inspiring & Fulfilling”

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“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of intern

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2023 Nominations

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2020 Maroon & Gray honorees, pictured with Dr. Robert J. O’Donnell, Superintendent, were honored in May 2022. Each year, the Maroon and Gray Society recognizes alumni in key areas such as business, the arts, academics and athletics, along with standout school groups and retired Faculty. Induction is a per

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In Case You Missed It: Rudy Burruss Added to Maroon & Gray Society Inductees

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The Education Foundation Board recently announced a new addition to the upcoming Maroon & Gray Society class to be inducted at the May 21 dinner. Rudy Burruss, SCASD Special Education Paraprofessional, PA State Education Association, ESP Region President. While Rudy is currently fighting cancer, he is doing so with the same positiv

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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities Now Available

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As the Maroon & Gray Dinner approaches, you can make an even bigger impact on the Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity Fund & Grant Program by becoming a dinner sponsor or advertiser. These opportunities are available not only

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Maroon & Gray Proceeds Dedicated to “Mardi’s Fund”

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Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming Maroon & Gray Dinner on May 21. As the first in-person Maroon & Gray celebration since 2019, the event promises a special evening celebrating the SCASD donor community, the 2020 honorees and the life of longtime SCASD educator

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A New Home for the “Old Iron Kettle”

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The Centre County Historical Society recently announce that the State High Alumni Association has donated the legendary “Old Iron Kettle” to be displayed in the Hearth Room at Centre Furnace Mansion. The Kettle was the coveted trophy from the intense Bellefonte‐State College football rivalry from 1941 to 1972. Tom Smith,

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Rudy Burruss: “I want every child to know how much they matter”

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Congratulations to Rudy for his recent nomination and approval to the upcoming class of Maroon & Gray Society inductees. It’s 1988, and Rudy Burruss is starring in a Reebok commercial. He’s the Wizard, playing up the middle for the Harlem Globetrotters, wearing the

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Straight Talk Task Force Tackles Difficult Subjects in Monthly Presentations

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All schoolyear long, the Straight Talk Task Force has been bringing free monthly presentations to SCASD parents, caregivers, and community members covering topics like depression and anxiety, drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse, self-harm, healthy relationships, and more. In April, SHAPE America’s Teacher of the Year in health ed

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Park Forest Elementary Chosen as Green Ribbon School

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In April, Park Forest Elementary School was one of 47 schools nationwide to be named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The criteria for selection are adherence to these pillars: reduced environmental impact and cost, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental sustainability education. PFE’s nom

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Middle School Students Host Mini-Thon

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Students from Mount Nittany, Park Forest, and Delta Middle Schools recently came together at PFMS for Mini-THON. Participants raised $60,115.72 for the Four Diamonds Fund to support pediatric cancer patients. Over the past eight years, the event has raised $326,000. The event, modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance

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April Is Counseling Awareness Month

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  In honor of Counseling Awareness Month, we’d like to thank the SCASD counselors who guide and support their students every day. Now more than ever, their work is critical in shaping our kids’ lives. One component of the SCASD Education Foundation’s mission is to make mental health resources a

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Why the Need for a Foundation? Your Questions Answered

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  With the establishment of the SCASD Education Foundation last fall, we recognize that many of you have questions about our purpose, our mission, and our plan to enhance the educational experience for all students in our district. We’ve been hearing questions such as “Aren’t my taxes enoug

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