It was announced at the School Board meeting on October 28 that Mt. Lebanon Alumni Dave and Noelle Conover have generously agreed to partner with the District once again, this time to establish Matt’s Maker Spaces at both Mellon and Jefferson middle schools. Noelle and Dave presented the school district with a $25,000 donation at the school board meeting. The District will match this amount using grant funds so that each middle school will have the same resources as the elementary schools’ Matt’s Maker Spaces.
"We are so excited about the progress of Matt's Maker Space in just a few short years. Since becoming a 501-c(3) organization in the Spring of 2018, we have opened several maker spaces. Now 20 strong, we are pleased to welcome Mt. Lebanon's Middle Schools to become our 21 and 22 spaces. It is our hope to continue providing learning spaces for schools who cannot otherwise afford them encouraging children to think outside the box, collaborate and innovate. Our goal is to provide Maker Spaces that foster creativity with rich, hands-on learning experiences that are just as fun as they are educational," said Noelle Conover. "Continuing to provide maker space in the middle school years is extremely important as Mt. Lebanon students continue to compete with neighboring communities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and a logical next step for students who have mastered the skills needed in their elementary maker spaces. Middle school maker spaces will continue to reinforce their technical skills, problem solving ability and creativity to prepare them for the many choices they will have in high school."
In 2017, The Conover’s initial donation of $175,000 supported the development and opening of Matt’s Maker Spaces at all seven elementary schools to celebrate the life of their son, Matt, who died at the age of 12 from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. They viewed their donation as a means to give back to the school district and community that supported them during their son’s illness. Thanks to the Conover’s generosity, the valuable STEAM experiences that our students have come to know and love as a result of their generosity will continue as our students transition from elementary to middle school.