Thanks to the generosity of donors to the MTLSD Century of Excellence Campaign, $98,000 in gifts have been disbursed this month. A goal of the Century of Excellence campaign is to create a culture of philanthropy in our District. Thank you to those who support this endeavor; you have made a significant impact in our schools. We are pleased to announce the following gifts:
Matt's Maker Space: A $58,800 disbursement from the $175,000 gift from Mt. Lebanon parents and alumni, David and Noelle Conover, for the Matt's Maker Spaces that opened this fall in each of our seven elementary schools. Each school will receive $8,400 per year for three years to support the makerspaces. We would also like to thank the many families who have joined the Conovoers by making individual gifts to support this initiative in their schools. The principals, librarians and teachers at the elementary schools helped determine the items that were purchased for the makerspaces including movable furniture, maker materials such as Legos, fabrics and builder kits, fabrication devices like 3D printers and programmable devices like Puzzlets and Spheros Robots.
Mt. Lebanon High School Hall of Champions: $20,000 in donor designated funds from Elaine Cappucci, Dale Cable, Dr. Bob Schilken, Hal Kestler, Dan Goff, Gary Brown, and the Shure Family was disbursed for the installation of the Hall of Champions on the second floor of the Athletic Building. The Hall of Champions includes photos of individual and teams who competed at the highest levels of athletic competition from 1940 to the present day and include WIPAL, PIAA, All-State and All-Americans. The original photos were hung in the lobby of the old South Gym. With the construction of the new Athletic Building, the Athletic Department transferred the photos and descriptive information to a vinyl cut wall display that was installed throughout the second floor of the Athletic Building. The Hall of Champions will be updated each year.
Technology Student Association (TSA): $20,000 in donor designated funds from the Kathryn J. Dinardo Charitable Trust and Dan and Katie Caste was disbursed to establish a Technology Student Association at the high school for the next two academic years. The goal of the Technology Student Association is to enhance personal development, leadership and career opportunities in STEM where members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions and related programming. Students will begin participating in TSA competitions and events during the 2017-2018 school year.
This past September a disbursement of $25,000 in undesignated funds from the Century of Excellence Campaign went to Jefferson and Mellon Middle Schools for the installation of permanent recording equipment on the auditorium stages and in the chorus and band rooms.
Thank you to all who have generously supported our schools through the Century of Excellence Campaign. If you would like more information, contact Sloane Astorino, Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org.