JACKSON TWP — The nonprofit Seneca Valley Foundation created this year has begun dispersing grants.
Officials at the Senecal Valley School Board meeting Monday night said the foundation recently awarded $6,500 in grants to programs in the school district.
Of that money, $3,000 is slated to help buy new uniforms for the band; $2,500 is dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math programs; and $1,000 is given to promote elementary literacy.
The school board created the foundation in March for alumni and community supporters to donate to the district.
Superintendent Tracy Vitale said Monday that the foundation has about $17,000, and that it is time to start using the donations made by residents and businesses.
“We’re very proud (of the amount raised), but at the same time we don’t want to sit on that,” she said.
The superintendent also updated the board on fundraising efforts by the foundation. One of those includes the creation of a new website for donations, which can be found at www.razoo.com.
Vitale called the online endeavor “social fundraising,” and said it’s just one of several tactics being used to solicit donations.
“A little bit of money from a lot of people goes a long way,” she said.
Another fundraising initiative announced by the foundation includes the selling of a limited edition holiday ornament that celebrates the past 25 years of the district.
The ornament, crafted by Wendell August Forge of Grove City, features the district’s logo carved into heavy aluminum. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of the district officially being named Seneca Valley.
Vitale said the district ordered 250 ornaments, 100 of which have already been sold at $25 each.
Anyone interested in buying an ornament can contact Katie Osan, central office receptionist, at email@example.com.
The foundation will continue to raise money that will be used for capital projects, classroom programs and student scholarships.