This year, GLPIEF will have the chance to receive additional money from a matching pool. Size of the match depends on the number of participants and total amount raised. Thank you for your continued support for the students of Greater Latrobe schools.
Mark your calendars for the 2015 Day of Giving! On Tuesday, May 5th, your tax-deductible donation to the Foundation will be matched making your gift more impactful! Select “Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation” and make a gift. Last year, Day of Giving donations totaled over $7,500. Thank you for your continued support for the students of Greater Latrobe schools.
Annual Golf Classic & Dinner
Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation accepts a $5,000 check from the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce from the 2014 Golf Classic.
The Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic & Dinner is scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Latrobe Country Club with Arnold Palmer serving as Honorary Chair. The event will benefit the educational programs of the Chamber and the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
Welcome Officer Rob!
Greater Latrobe School District’s School Resource Officer (SRO) Robert Daerr recently visited with kindergarten students at Mountain View Elementary School. Officer Daerr showed students the new SRO vehicle that was made possible by donations to the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation. Officer Daerr works with staff and students in every Greater Latrobe school building to enhance safety and security. Officer Daerr became the School Resource Officer in March after a successful career as a PA state trooper.
Former math teacher and current Senior High Principal Mr. LoCascio demonstrates a geometry problem on one of the new interactive whiteboards in the Senior High. GLPIEF granted GLSD $200,000 this school year to support new whiteboards in the SHS, purchase two 3-D printers and elementary chromebooks for 5th graders. Every classroom in GLSD has an interactive whiteboard.
What a Transformation!
Sharing the Greater Latrobe Junior High improvements of the connecting corridor and “long hallway.” GLPIEF’s A+ Campaign secured local foundation funding to renovate these spaces along with building a new secure Junior High entrance.
GLPIEF is pleased to announce that the Annual Fund has successfully raised over $90,000 in contributions this year. Thank you to all our donors that made a gift to the Annual Fund. This is the inaugural year of the Education Foundation’s Annual Fund and we hope to reach over $100,000 before the end of the school year.
Calling All GL Grads!
Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation is working with Harris Connect to publish the Greater Latrobe Senior High School Alumni Directory of graduates from 1950-2014. Harris Connect Publishing has begun its mailing and phone call campaign to contact as many alumni as possible for verification of information. Alumni have the opportunity to verify their class year, college achievements and current career.
Everyone will be offered the option of purchasing the Greater Latrobe Senior High School Directory, but no one is under any obligation to purchase in order to be included in the publication. If you did not receive a postcard please call Harris Connect at +1 (800) 338-7789.
GLPIEF is planning several exciting alumni initiatives and looks forward to reconnecting with you. Thank you for your participation!
Help Us Make a Difference
Mark your calendars for the DAY OF GIVING. Please consider making a gift to GLPIEF on May 5, 2015 at www.westmorelandgives.org. Your tax-deductible donation to the Foundation will be matched making your gift more impactful! Select “Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation” and make a gift.
Last year, Day of Giving donations totaled over $7,500. Thank you for your support and we hope that you make a gift on May 5 and support the students of Greater Latrobe schools.
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Did you receive an orange envelope? The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation (GLPIEF) invites you to help us celebrate the inaugural year of the Annual Fund by making a gift today.
Please consider taking a moment to learn more about what was in that envelope and how you can directly help your child’s education. Envelopes were located in the lobbies of all schools, if you haven’t received yours yet! Digital copies are also available here.
The Annual Fund enables GLSD to continue to deliver unparalleled learning experiences to our children.
The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation announced that work on the upcoming Greater Latrobe Senior High School alumni directory is well underway and is working with Harris Connect to reach graduates by mail, email and/or phone to update alumni information. The alumni directory will include Latrobe High School graduates from 1950 to 1962 and Greater Latrobe High School graduates from 1963 to 2014. This will be the first ever alumni directory for Greater Latrobe Senior High School.
The alumni directory is designed to be a definitive reference for Greater Latrobe Senior High School alumni, this publication will make it easy for graduates to reconnect with former friends and classmates. Complete listings for each respondent will include academic, professional and personal information – sorted alphabetically by last name and cross-referenced by maiden or student name, if different. Alumni will also be listed by class year and city and state of residence. A special editorial section about the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation and the history of Greater Latrobe schools will give alumni a look at the past and glimpse into the future.
To help make the publication as complete as possible, the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation is asking alumni from class years 1950 to 2014 to please be sure to respond and update their biographical profile. If anyone hasn’t yet received a mailing or would like to verify their listing by phone – please call Harris Connect at: 1-800-338-7789.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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