Mt. Pleasant area company donates $10K to University of Pittsburgh facility
By A.J. Panian
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
A company based near Mt. Pleasant recently donated $10,000 to the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School, which is affiliated with University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.
It marks the fourth charitable donation that ITS Enclosures Inc., located at Westmoreland County Technology Park along State Route 119 near the borough, has made to a local educational institution.
“Giving back to our community is extremely important to us,” said J.T. Spangler, president of the company that specializes in computer and display enclosure protection.
“It is a truly rewarding experience to know we are making a difference and helping local children and families,” he said.
The Falk school is a tuition-based laboratory school, for students from kindergarten through eighth grade, known for providing a learning environment grounded in community, diversity, progressive and experimental education, said Christina Davis, controller at ITS Enclosures Inc.
The most recent donation will be used for the Falk's Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program, Davis said.
The program utilizes business contributions made by Opportunity Scholarship organizations to provide tuition assistance for scholarships to eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to attend another public school outside their district or nonpublic school, Davis said.
The donation will help reach students who would not otherwise be able to attend the Falk School.
“Basically, we're paying students' tuition to attend the school,” she added.
Wendell McConnaha, director of the Falk Laboratory School, recently expressed appreciation on behalf of the facility's personnel for the donation.
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with ITS Enclosures,” McConnaha said. “The generous donation to the OSTC Program supports students at the Falk Laboratory School.”
Spangler said it's a partnership he hopes to continue.
“As a Pitt alumni, I hope to continue the tradition of donating to the Falk School for many years to come,” he said.
Overlooking the University of Pittsburgh, Falk School is located in the city's Oakland neighborhood.
The school is recognized for providing an individualized learning atmosphere with a low teacher-student ratio.
Its core curriculum is enhanced with weekly classes in art, Spanish, physical education, yoga, library and computer technology. Extracurricular activities include music lessons, chess, robotics and yearbook.
Sports include basketball, cross-country, soccer and tennis.
ITS Enclosures has made previous donations to area institutions of learning, including:
• K.A.R.A.T. School of Learning in Greensburg in 2012
• 4 Kids Early Learning Center in Braddock for 2008-09 school year
In addition to donations made in coordination with the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program, the company has also made donations via the Education Improvement Tax Credit program, Davis said.
That program gives businesses the opportunity to contribute to scholarship organizations, including pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations, and educational improvement organizations to promote expanded educational opportunities for students statewide, she said.
A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or email@example.com.
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