Sunday, December 16, 2018

Old Forge Forms School District Foundation

old forge logoThe Old Forge School District recently established the Old Forge School District Foundation administered by Commonwealth Charitable Management, headquartered in Montrose which currently administers foundations for seven other school districts in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Old Forge School District Foundation will manage endowments established by friends and benefactors of the district to support special unfunded projects in the schools as well as college scholarships to benefit graduating seniors. Furthermore, since 2003 Commonwealth Charitable Management has administered the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program which provides funding for projects in schools throughout Pennsylvania. Funding is provided by tax credit contributions from corporations. Currently Peoples Security Bank and Trust is providing more than $11,000 to assist deserving Old Forge high school students with Dual Enrollment expenses so they may earn college credit on certain courses offered in the High School.

Those interested in learning more about establishing endowments or participating in the Education Improvement program may contact High School Principal Chris Gatto or Commonwealth Charitable Management at 570-278-3800.

Fairdale Grange Donates to Button-Weller Fund

For the second year in a row the Fairdale Grange recently made a generous $1,000 contribution to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Grange has a tradition of charitable support and with this donation the members wished to have a local impact. This charitable endowment was established in 2017 by the Button and Weller families of New Milford and Montrose to provide financial support to Susquehanna County Interfaith that provides services and assistance to local individuals and families who are being treated for cancer.

This endowment derives from personal experiences with cancer and for a number of years the families have organized a local running race to help raise funding for cancer patients. They intend to continue that event for this permanent endowment that will provide annual assistance for local families for many generations to come. The Button and Weller families extend their appreciation for this donation from the Fairdale Grange and adds that they are pleased to continue their tradition of assistance to cancer patients and looks forward to providing this assistance for many years to come.

Tax deductible donations to help build this fund are always welcome and may be sent to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or online at www.community-foundation.org.

Button Weller 2018People in Photo Left to Right: Peter Quigg: The Community Foundation, Sandra Bennett: Fairdale Grange, Dave Hibbard: Fairdale Grange, Don Button, Emma Button, Brooklyn Button, Matthew Button

Montrose Lions Club Provides Local Grants

2017 18 presidents logo Lions ClubThe Montrose Lions Club recently provided five grants totaling more than $3,400 for local community and educational support from three of the club’s charitable endowments managed by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Montrose Lions Community Fund has provided the following three grants: $900 to the Montrose Mobile Pantry to purchase nutritious food for its mission to battle hunger in Susquehanna County, $500 to the Montrose Little League to assist with the expenses of constructing a new concession stand and press box, and $275 to Pink Arrow Arts for a children’s art program that will be publicly displayed.

The Montrose Lions Club Montrose Area School District Fund has also provided $500 to help support an 8th grade field trip to Philadelphia to visit the Museum of the American Revolution and also the National Constitution Center. Furthermore, the Montrose Lions Club has provided from the Fred Mack Memorial Fund a grant of $1,260 to Blue Ridge School District to help purchase equipment to teach CPR and Basic Life Support to 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. In addition to these three endowments the Montrose Lions Club also has the Martin Dillon Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation which provides college tuition assistance to graduates of the Montrose Area High School. Additional tax-deductible donations to the Lions Club endowments are always appreciated to help enhance their support of local civic activities and education. Donations may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Safety Program Supported in Local Schools

As the school year begins, a new student safety program is being implemented in some local school districts with funding assistance from two endowments at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The ALICE Program, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate is in use at the Blue Ridge, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community School Districts. Susquehanna Community’s Superintendent, Bronson Stone, first inquired about potential funding from The Community Foundation. Funding levels were increased when it was learned the other two districts are also participating in ALICE.safety program article

The Jessie Osgood Tourje Memorial Fund, in memory of the matriarch of the Tourje family of Forest City to assist local schools, is providing $4,200 to be shared evenly with Blue Ridge, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community. Moreover, retired Blue Ridge Principal John Manchester has provided permission for a $1,290 grant from the Blue Ridge Education Association Cheryl Manchester Memorial Fund to also help with the expenses of the Blue Ridge ALICE Program. That permanent endowment was established in memory of Mr. Manchester’s late wife, herself a long-time and well respected teacher, to support special unfunded projects in the district. Together these two endowments will help provide a safe learning environment for local students and teachers.

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