Hazleton Area Education Foundation News
Bimbo Bakeries USA Cake Facility Awards Good Neighbor Grant to Hazleton Area Education Foundation for Life Skills Garden Project at Valley Elementary/Middle School
The Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) Cake Facility in Hazle Township has selected the Hazleton Area Education Foundation and the Life Skills Garden Project as the recipient of its Good Neighbor grant. The $5,000 grant will support the creation and revitalization of a garden space in the courtyard at Valley Elementary/Middle School. The garden will be maintained by the fourth through eighth grade Life Skills and Autism Support students as part of their curriculum.
The mission of the Like Skills Garden is to provide students with intellectual disabilities with safe, enriching, outdoor learning tasks paired with sensory based nature exploration to enhance learning, sociality, communication skills, motor skills and prevocational awareness. The use of gardening as a medium contributes to teaching academic, social and fine/gross motor skills. Horticultural activities are known to reduce stress, improve concentration, motivation and self-concept in children with intellectual disabilities.
Garden construction will take place during the summer months and will be ready for student participation by the beginning of the school year.
Through the Good Neighbor program, BBU seeks to implement projects that improve the quality of life of those living or working near their facilities. Goals of the program include promoting physical activity and environmental conservation.
The Hazleton Area Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to enrich the Greater Hazleton community by supporting programs and initiatives that provide enhanced academic, cultural and athletic opportunities for students of the Hazleton Area School District.
Fairway Subaru Donates Butterfly Garden Habitat to Hazleton Area Education Foundation for Life Skills Garden Project at Valley Elementary/Middle School
Fairway Subaru presented a butterfly garden habitat to the Hazleton Area Education Foundation for the Life Skills Garden Project at Valley Elementary/Middle School.
During the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative in April 2016, Subaru sponsored the National Wildlife Federation’s Butterfly Heroes program. The National Wildlife Federation’s Butterfly Heroes program is designed to help increase monarch butterfly populations through the planting and building of habitats butterflies need to survive, while also raising awareness that 1 out of 3 bites on our dinner plates is made possible by pollinators. To support the efforts, Subaru and local retailers, like Fairway Subaru in Hazleton, worked to establish additional butterfly habitats in local communities across the country.
Fairway Subaru has donated their butterfly habitat to the Hazleton Area Education Foundation to be used in the Life Skills Garden at Valley Elementary/Middle School. The Life Skills Garden, made possible through a Bimbo Bakeries Good Neighbor grant, will be maintained by the fourth through eighth grade Life Skills and Autism Support students. The goal of the Life Skills Garden Project is to facilitate engagement in horticulture based activities paired with social skills development for students with intellectual disabilities. .
The Subaru Love Promise is a pledge by Subaru to do right by the communities in which they live and work. This is Subaru’s promise to continue making a positive impact in the world and our local community.The Hazleton Area Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to enrich the Greater Hazleton community by supporting programs and initiatives that provide enhanced academic, cultural and athletic opportunities for students of the Hazleton Area School District.
SEBCO Books and Book Insight Company LLC donates over $8,000 in books to Hazleton Area Education Foundation for Maple Manor Library
SEBCO Books and Book Insight Company LLC donated 412 new books, valued at $8,463.00, to the Hazleton Area Education Foundation for the Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School Library. The brand new books are primarily non-fiction for grades three through eight. Also provided was the library cataloging and processing, valued at nearly $300.00
Regina Yeager Drouse, owner of Book Insight Company, LLC, (Moscow, PA) and independent consultant for SEBCO Books stated, “We hope that this donation will help Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School continue its plan for growth and library improvement and will promote literacy for continued student success.”
SEBCO Books is a community-minded, mid-sized book jobber/vendor located in Pembroke Park, Florida, that provides books, av and ebooks from over 300 of the most popular publishers used by K-12 school libraries and public libraries.
The Hazleton Area Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to enrich the Greater Hazleton community by supporting programs and initiatives that provide enhanced academic, cultural and athletic opportunities for students of the Hazleton Area School District.Hazleton Area Education Foundation Raises $6,700 at The Spirit of the Viking Continues Event/Ribbon Cutting for Maple Manor LibraryNovember 2015
The Spirit of the Viking Continues - Grand Opening and Community Event to be Held at Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School - Sponsors Announced
November 2015The Hazleton Area Education Foundation is presenting The Spirit of the Viking Continues, on Saturday, November 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School, 1700 West 22nd Street, Hazle Township. This is an event to celebrate the completion and opening of Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School, located on the former site of Bishop Hafey High School, and to raise funds for the Maple Manor library. The school opened in September 2014 for grades three through six, while renovations to the middle school were still going on. As of September 2015, the building is complete and now houses nearly 700 students in grades three through eight.
The Spirit of the Viking Continues Event is a celebration of the school’s opening; celebrating a new generation of education in the Hazleton Area School District, while reflecting on the rich Bishop Hafey High School history.
An official ribbon cutting will take place at 1:15 p.m. Following the ribbon cutting the building will be open to the community. The event will feature school tours, Bishop Hafey memorabilia, food sales from local restaurants, tricky trays, commemorative t-shirt and ornament sale, kids’ crafts, activities and games, music by the Maple Manor chorus and quartet, performances by Tracy’s Academy of Dance and Anna Marie School of Dance, photo booth by Amy Pcolinsky Photography, and kids’ hair extensions by The Hair Cellar.
Attendees are invited to donate a new book upon entry to be entered into a special raffle prize drawing.
Sponsors of the event include: Event Sponsor:PPL
Media Sponsors: Standard-Speaker, Sam Son Productions, and WYLN TV-35
Tour Sponsors: Barry Isett & Associates and Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates
Activities Sponsors: Hazleton Area Education Association, Sheetz, and Third Base
Food Sponsors: Bimbo Bakeries, Bonanza, Broad Street Deli, Capriotti’s, Castillo Bakery, Clover Farms, Cusat’s Café, Dunkin Donuts, El Mariachi, Frankie’s Pizzeria, Graziano’s, Hazle Park Packing Co., Jimmy’s Quick Lunch, La Isla, La Pisa, Leiby’s Ice Cream, Lobitz Catering, McAdoo Fire Company, Nutrition Group, Second Base, Sheetz, Third Base, Tomhicken Spring Water, Valley Athletic Supply, Verrastro’s, Whitetail Preserve, and Whipped Sweet Shop
If anyone is unable to attend the event but wishes to make a donation to the Library at Maple Manor, checks can be made out and sent to: The Hazleton Area Education Foundation, 1515 West 23rd Street, Hazle Township, PA 18202.Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation Donates to Hazleton Area Education FoundationOctober 2015Hazleton Area Education Foundation and eight similar organizations in Pennsylvania each received a $500 donation from the Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation at its Fall Foundation Symposium. The donations were given to foundations that completed the symposium at the end of the educational event October 15th in Hershey. Topics covered at the symposium included the state budget, business relationships, and building online communities.
UGI Utilities donates $6,000 to Hazleton Area Education Foundation for purchase of Math Manipulatives for Two Area Schools
August 2015UGI Utilities presented a check to the Hazleton Area Education Foundation for $6,000. The monies will fully fund the purchase of math manipulatives for the Hazle Township Early Learning Center & Arthur Street Elementary School.
Research has shown that the greatest indicator of success in school through 12th grade is how well students perform in math in the early grade levels. The Hazle Township Early Learning Center and Arthur Street Elementary School have teamed with renowned author and lecturer Nita Copley to provide 21st century math skills to all students. To this end there was a need for various math manipulatives that go beyond the scope of the math series. In mathematics, a manipulative is an object which is designed so that a learner can perceive some mathematical concept by manipulating it. The use of manipulatives provides a way for children to learn concepts in a developmentally appropriate, hands-on and experiencing way, while helping develop the ability and confidence to find their way around in each of these areas, see how they connect, and know what to do should they forget a fact or procedure.
UGI’s gift will fully fund the purchase of the math manipulatives that will be utilized by children in grades kindergarten through second grade in both buildings, which encompasses over 750 students.