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Chartiers Valley Education Foundation members plan first fundraiser

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Chartiers Valley Education Foundation officials spent much of the group's first year setting it up as a nonprofit. Now they're planning the first fundraiser.

The foundation will host a Trivia Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heidelberg Fire Hall. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

“We've kicked around ideas for different fundraisers, and this was one that some board members were familiar with,” said Heidelberg Mayor Ken LaSota, a foundation board member.

Tickets to fill 20 tables of 10 people were sold, at a cost of $20 per person. Teams of 10 that bought a table were charged $180. Executive Director Kara Droney said the foundation hoped to add a few more tables.

The foundation, which operates independently of the school district, formed in the summer of 2011 to offer scholarships for students and grants for teachers, Droney said.

In its first year, the foundation awarded $500 scholarships to seniors Christina Moskal and Jian Wu. Applications for this year's scholarships were due March 29.

While $500 may not seem like a lot toward a college education, “every little bit of that has helped,” Moskal said in a statement.

The foundation awards one scholarship for an exceptional academic record throughout high school and another for a student who accomplished personal or academic growth.

Scholarships can be used for any postsecondary education, not just four-year colleges, Droney said.

“Often scholarships are awarded to students who are at the top of their class,” she said. “However, there are many students who have worked extremely hard and achieved a great deal throughout high school. The foundation wanted to make sure a scholarship was also available for those students.”

Officials plan to offer “mini-grants” for teachers to purchase materials or supplies or “implement a new learning experience,” LaSota said. The foundation also is seeking endowments for more scholarships.

“The number of scholarships can be as large as we can get them to be,” LaSota said.

“Hopefully, maybe one of these award-winners 10 years from now, when they're a successful business person, they may come back to the area and endow a scholarship in memory of their experience in the school district.”

Calendar news

The Chartiers Valley School Board approved the 2013-14 school calendar at its meeting March 26.

The first day for students is scheduled Aug. 22, with the last day — a half-day for students — slated for June 9.

Other important dates include the school picnic on May 16 and graduation June 5.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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