From all of us at Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation, we wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.
Dear Greater Latrobe Community,
I am honored to serve as President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation (GLPIEF) and am very proud that I have three daughters currently attending school in the district. As parents, we always want the best for our children. Our school district strives to provide a nurturing and exceptional learning environment driven by innovative programming that best meets the current needs of our children. In the coming weeks, parents and guardians will learn more about the Annual Fund and be invited to participate.
Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation was formed in 2012 and our mission is to ensure the school district’s vision for generations to come through philanthropic support from those who share our Wildcat pride. It has been an exciting two years for our foundation. We launched the A+ Campaign in 2012, which has been a tremendous success. The purpose of the campaign is to raise funds to support the district’s projects and initiatives in three key areas – the Academics, Athletics and Arts. Currently, we have raised $4.3 million toward our $5 million A+ campaign goal through the leadership of several pacesetter gifts from local individuals, businesses and the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Included in the report are highlights from the Arnold Palmer Field House Dedication in recognition of his $1 million gift to GLPIEF. We have also received generous contributions from the district’s administration, faculty and staff, parents, board members and alumni.
I am excited about our successes to date and this report shares what the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation has accomplished because of our generous donors. I encourage you to visit the Foundation’s website at www.glpief.org to learn more or contact Jessica Golden, Director of Development, at email@example.com or 724-539-4220.
GLPIEF is pleased to announce that the field house at the new Athletic/Wellness Complex at the Greater Latrobe Junior/Senior High School will bear the name of its famous alumnus Arnold Palmer. This recognizes Mr. Palmer’s lifetime accomplishments and a $l-million unrestricted gift he made to the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation’s A+ Campaign.
Dedication of the Arnold Palmer Field House took place on his birthday – Wednesday, September 10 – at the new facility with his family and friends, school and community leaders, government officials and students in attendance. The A+ Campaign is designed to impact and strengthen academics, arts and athletic programs throughout the Greater Latrobe School District.
Students benefit from Mr. Palmer’s generosity in several ways. Support raised for the A+ Campaign has provided funds for the renovation of the Junior High School arts corridor and new secure entrance, assisted with construction of the Athletic/Wellness Complex, and a Global Classroom Initiative which integrates state-of-the-art technology into all classrooms.
“Mr. Palmer’s generous gift is the largest we have received from an alumnus,” said Dottie Staffen, Board member for the Foundation and friend of the Palmer family. “Not only is it exciting for the campaign, it speaks volumes about the legacy and leadership Mr. Palmer has established for others in our community.”
A 1947 graduate of Latrobe High School, Mr. Palmer dominated the game of golf beginning with his high school career, twice winning the Pennsylvania high school championship. His golf legacy is only rivaled by his philanthropic endeavors and his reputation for unfailing kindness and loyalty toward his hometown of Latrobe.
Latrobe native Ray Mt. Joy is the A+ Campaign Co-Chair along with his wife, Pam. “We all care deeply about the future of the Greater Latrobe community and there is no better way to ensure future prosperity than to support the education of the next generation,” said Mt. Joy. “Mr. Palmer’s leadership gift will pave the way for all students to realize their full potential.”
Superintendent Judy Swigart sees the A+ Campaign as a creative way to align the goals of private philanthropy with excellence in public school education. To date $4.3 million has been raised towards the $5 million campaign goal.
Funds are being raised to meet the A+ Campaign goals in Academics, Arts and Athletics and to support additional needs such as the Safety & Security Fund, expanding dual enrolled and advanced placement courses, and offering additional internships. Support also builds the capacity of the Education Foundation, created in 2012 to enhance and expand enrichment opportunities for all students in the School District. To support these needs, the Foundation is seeking further engagement of the Greater Latrobe community. Over the next few years, the Foundation will request the support of Greater Latrobe’s alumni, parents, grandparents, and local businesses and foundations to achieve its vision.
“The A+ Campaign is only the beginning of what we can accomplish to help students,” Education Foundation Board member James Okonak said. “We are very thankful to Mr. Palmer and the entire community for supporting these efforts and encourage people to become involved and contribute.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation or the A+ Campaign is encouraged to contact Jessica Golden, Director of Development, at 724-539-4220.
Additional photos from the festivities can be viewed here.
GLPIEF is pleased to announce the success to date and future plans for the A+ Campaign for the Greater Latrobe School District. GLPIEF was formed in 2012 to provide philanthropic opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses to strategically support Greater Latrobe School District and its students. Goals of the A+ Campaign include integrating cutting edge technology in all classrooms throughout Greater Latrobe School District; assisting with the new athletic and wellness complex at the Junior/Senior High School campus; and renovating the Junior High entrance and main building corridor to improve security, enhance the learning environment and to provide a flexible space for the Junior High art collection. This space is modeled after the existing unique art collections at the senior high and elementary schools, the Center for Student Creativity and courtyard at the Senior High School.
The A+ Campaign began with three transformational gifts from Greater Latrobe alumni living near and far from Latrobe. Ray Mt. Joy, class of 1963 and his wife, Pam, live in The Woodlands, TX but have been long time supporters of the Greater Latrobe community. Mt. Joy shares that, “Growing up in Latrobe in the 1950s and 60s was a happy time and I am proud to be from Latrobe because I feel a part of a community that cared about me as a student.” Mt. Joy feels strongly that the Greater Latrobe School District needs to advance all three A’s: Academics, Arts and Athletics, to continue to be a leader in providing top quality educational programs and facilities and because the school district is the fabric that ties the community together.
Mt. Joy made the first pacesetter gift to the A+ Campaign and shared his story of giving back to his alma mater with long-time friend and classmate, Diane Graham Sobota. Sobota, class of 1963, and her family have also supported the campaign. The Sobota family made a gift in memory of Diane Sobota’s father, Clarence Graham, a well-known and beloved community leader and former school board director. Graham was on the School Board when the Greater Latrobe Senior High School was being built and was instrumental in seeing that the building was a quality-built learning institution. Graham helped to ensure that the auditorium stage was an excellent performance space and today, 50 years later, Greater Latrobe students still have opportunities to perform on one of the best stages in Westmoreland County.
The third pacesetter gift is from the Rossi family. Michael Rossi, class of 1983, is the Vice-President of a local company, Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research. He and his family believe a strong school district is critical to attracting and keeping a trained workforce in this area. Rossi states, “I understand that supporting the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation might be new for people in the community and alumni, but the Foundation is here for everyone in the community to get involved and the Foundation will be here for years to come.”
“These first three pacesetter gifts were the catalyst for additional charitable giving that has resulted in over $4,100,000 in contributions for the GLSD’s Academics, Arts & Athletics,” said Maryann White, GLPIEF President. White said. “The A+ Campaign has brought great value to our educational system and this is really just the beginning.” GLPIEF has set a goal of raising $5 million to fulfill the pledge to the A+ Campaign goals and to support additional needs such as the Greater Latrobe Safety & Security Fund, increasing opportunities in electives and core curricular areas by expanding dual enrolled and advanced placement courses and offering additional internships. To support these needs, GLPIEF will seek further engagement of its school community. Over the next few years, the Foundation will request the support of Greater Latrobe’s alumni, parents, grandparents, and local businesses and foundations in its vision.
Superintendent Judith Swigart states that “not every student knows what he or she wants to pursue beyond high school and Greater Latrobe School District needs to offer more exposure to various interests at the elementary level as well as internships in a variety of workforce fields. Parents entrust us with their most precious gift, their child, and we must always be advancing and changing to meet the needs of our students and prepare them to be life-long learners.”
This is an exciting time for Greater Latrobe School District due to the success of the A+ Campaign so far. GLPIEF has provided $426,000 in funding for additional student laptops for the three elementary buildings, two 3-D printers for the Junior and Senior High School, and new interactive whiteboards for every classroom in the Senior High School. To date, all classrooms, kindergarten to grade 9, have been equipped with interactive whiteboards and student response systems. Campaign support has also enabled the renovation of the Junior High School. Students will return to a transformed space next school year. The renovation will create a single secure entrance for the Junior High, new creative learning environments and an improved connecting corridor to the Senior High. GLPIEF has pledged $1 million to this renovation and another $1 million to assist with the Athletic/Wellness Complex which will be complete by the end of the school year.
GLPIEF is creating the first ever alumni directory for Greater Latrobe School District and is working with Harris Connect to publish a directory in the spring of 2015. GLPIEF will also be establishing an alumni association to reconnect with past students and their families.
Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation is participating in the “Day of Giving,” being sponsored by The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and The Pittsburgh Foundation, on Tuesday, May 6, from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. (midnight.) Gifts received on the Day of Giving will help support the newly created “Greater Latrobe Safety and Security Fund.” Your gift will help the Greater Latrobe School Community take a proactive approach for safety and security for our students and staff.
As you may know, Greater Latrobe School District received a Safe Schools grant that is assisting with creating a School Resource Officer position. The School Resource Officer will enhance the safety and security in Greater Latrobe schools by providing enhanced security, build positive student relationships and improve the overall school climate. The first project of the Greater Latrobe Safety and Security Fund is to seek support for the new School Resource Officer Project in Greater Latrobe School District.
On May 6, please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation to support the Greater Latrobe Safety and Security Fund through westmorelandgives.org and select the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation. GLPIEF is asking the Greater Latrobe School Community to consider making an online gift as there is a special matching opportunity available on the Day of Giving. All gifts between $25 and $1,000 designated to the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation will be matched by additional funding available only on the Day of Giving.
Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.
President – Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation
The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation donates a new Wildcat Gator to Greater Latrobe School District. Michael J. Rossi, GLPIEF vice – president, presented the customized John Deere vehicle to Elizabeth Christopher, student team trainer; Ava Petrosky, Wildcat mascot; Athletic Director Mark Mears, Principal Steven LoCascio in the Greater Latrobe Senior High Commons Area.
The Wildcat gator was 100% donated to GLPIEF by the following businesses: West Central Equipment, Youngs Autobody, Signs by Tomorrow and PPG. The Wildcat gator will be used at the new Athletic/Wellness Complex. It will help maintain the new field surfaces, carry equipment and support team trainers and managers.
GLPIEF is a 501©(3) organization dedicated to encouraging community-wide participation and philanthropy to enrich the opportunities of Greater Latrobe school students. The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation’s mission is to ensure the highest level of education innovation supporting GLSD students, faculty and staff with community involvement in a partnership of lifetime learning through philanthropic and volunteer opportunities. Its first project is the A+ Campaign which is a major, comprehensive capital campaign to seek philanthropic support for the 3 A’s: Academics, Arts and Athletics. For more information about the GLPIEF or the A+ Campaign for Greater Latrobe School District contact Jessica Golden, Director of Development, at 724-539-4220.
Join us as we celebrate 2013 with support from our donors and community! We look forward to an exciting 2014 with your support.
Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation (GLPIEF) is pleased to announce that Jessica Urbanik and Dottie Staffen have joined its Board of Directors. GLPIEF is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to encouraging community-wide participation and philanthropy to enrich the opportunities of Greater Latrobe school students. President, Maryann White says, “I am thrilled to welcome these new members as they have unique talents and experiences to bring to the organization. Jessica brings a wealth of experience in institutional advancement and Dottie brings management and business experience along with her involvement as a member of the A+ Campaign Cabinet; she has been a big part of the campaign’s success.”
Jessica Urbanik is a stay at home mom and parent volunteer at Mountain View Elementary School where her twins Jacob and Aidan attend. Jessica most recently served as Interim Vice President of Development and Cal U for Life at California University of Pennsylvania. She also worked as a Major Gifts Officer at Cal U and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. She was recently appointed by Governor Tom Corbett as a parent representative on the state’s Special Education Advisory Panel. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University and Bachelor’s degree in communications from California University of PA. Her husband, Bill Urbanik, is a partner at The Second Half Coach, a wealth management firm located on Ligonier Street in Latrobe.
Originally from Springfield, PA, Dottie and her husband, Dr. Robert Staffen, moved to Latrobe in 1994, when her husband joined the staff of Latrobe Area Hospital as a cardiologist. Since 2009, Dottie has served as the District Administrator for PA State Senator Kim Ward. Before moving to Latrobe, Dottie was the manager of law firms in Philadelphia and York, PA. She graduated from IUP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Business. She has served as a volunteer for numerous community organizations such as the Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society, American Heart Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western PA as well as the Mountain View Elementary PTO. Son Ryan, who attends Lehigh University, is a graduate of Greater Latrobe, while their son, Dan, is currently a junior at Greater Latrobe Senior High.
Jessica Urbanik and Dottie Staffen join the volunteer board of directors comprised of parents, alumni, and civic and business leaders committed to effectively governing the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation. The board includes Luigi G. DiIanni; Heidi T. Kozar; Raymond W. Mt. Joy; James R. Okonak, secretary; Michael J. Rossi, vice-president; Bradley E.Smith, Esq.; Lester R. Sutton; Judith A. Swigart; Keith M. Visconti, treasurer and Maryann White, president.
The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation’s mission is to ensure the highest level of education innovation supporting GLSD students, faculty and staff with community involvement in a partnership of lifetime learning through philanthropic and volunteer opportunities. Its first project is the A+ Campaign which is a major, comprehensive capital campaign to seek philanthropic support for the 3 A’s: Academics, Arts and Athletics. The three strategic goals of the A+ Campaign include the following: (1) Comprehensive cutting-edge technology integration in all classrooms K to 12. (2) Assisting with the development of an up-to-date Athletic and Wellness Complex at the Senior/Junior High Schools. (3) The renovation of the Junior High School entrance leading to the main building corridor which will provide a flexible space for the Junior High art collection modeled after the existing unique collection that we have developed at the Senior High School and three Elementary Schools, the Center for Student Creativity and courtyard.
I am writing to make you aware of a special opportunity to invest in Greater Latrobe schools and its students through the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation. GLPIEF is participating in the “Day of Giving,” being sponsored by The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and The Pittsburgh Foundation, on Thursday, October 3, from midnight (ET) until 11:59 pm (ET). GLPIEF is asking for a gift with your Visa or Mastercard to take advantage of the special matching opportunity available on the Day of Giving.
Gifts received on the Day of Giving will support the A+ Campaign, the Foundation’s first project. The three goals of the A+ Campaign for Greater Latrobe School District provide a balanced focus on Academics, Arts and Athletics.
On October 3, please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation through westmorelandgives.org to advance this important work. All gifts between $25 and $1,000 designated to the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation will be matched by additional funding available only on the “Day of Giving.”
Thank you for your support!
Maryann White, President
The GLPIEF is pleased to announce that the Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded a lead gift to support dramatic renovations at the Greater Latrobe Junior High School and for state of the art technology upgrades in classrooms throughout the Greater Latrobe School District.
The GLPIEF’s A+ Campaign is intended to generate private funding for programs and capital expenses in three priority areas for the school district: Academics, the Arts and Athletics. The majority of the Mellon Grant will be committed toward the renovation of a gathering space corridor to support the creation of a museum-quality art collection and display system in the Junior High School modeled after the one-of-a-kind art collection that adorns the Senior High School initiated over 75 years ago.
The grant, in the amount of $1 million, is directed to two important efforts of the GLPIEF’s A+ Campaign for the Greater Latrobe School District. GLPIEF president Maryann White said she is very grateful for interest and support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
“Our Board members are deeply honored to have the trust and confidence of such a highly regarded and respected foundation.” White said. “Their willingness to take a leadership role in creating a world class learning environment for the Greater Latrobe community’s students through private philanthropy is truly affirming.”
“School districts near and far have attempted to replicate GLSD’s and the Art Conservation Trust’s Special Art Collection as a way of integrating the arts into the educational process,” said White. “It is important that we invest in the same effort within our junior high school.”
“While expanding the concept of the Special Art Collection to the Junior High is a highlight of the project, the overall intent of the project is to have a significant impact on student success,” said Judy Swigart, Superintendent of the Greater Latrobe School District.
Once complete, Swigart said she expects the renovations to enrich the school environment, improve student learning, and advance the GLSD’s sustained tradition of excellence in public arts education.
In addition, the Richard King Mellon Foundation grant will be directed in the Global Classroom Initiative to integrate white boards, student response systems, and state of the art tools to strengthen technology infrastructure. Swigart said the ultimate goal is to equip all school district classrooms with the technology necessary to be considered a “Global Classroom” and the Richard King Mellon Grant really advances that initiative. The GLPIEF leadership feels that others will be encouraged by generosity and confidence shown by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and become interested in supporting the Foundation’s effort for their school district.
Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation is a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to providing philanthropic opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses to strategically support the students in the Greater Latrobe School District beyond the means of conventional public funding. White said she believes it is in everyone’s best interest throughout the community to support a strong and vibrant public school system.
“The goals of the A+ Campaign will help Greater Latrobe keep pace in an increasingly global environment,” White said. “Our success will directly impact our school district’s ability to produce well-educated and well-rounded lifelong learners that will be poised to meet the growing challenges and demands of our region and beyond.”
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