Pittsburgh, PA, January 27, 2015– PIOGA Grant Winners Announced
In coordination with Kids Get It™, PIOGA (Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association) has awarded five Pennsylvania schools grants to use for an energy-related project that students will design and implement. Applicants were teachers who attended a Kids Get It workshop sponsored by PIOGA. To qualify for the maximum $500 grant, applicants were asked to describe their project, including how the students would be involved, what results they are anticipating, and how they will share the information with the community. Participating schools are asked to implement the ideas between January and June 2015.
The recipients of the grants are: Ambridge Junior High School (Ambridge, PA), Holland Middle School (Holland, PA), Penn Wood Middle School (Darby, PA), East Lansdowne Elementary School (East Lansdowne, PA) and Dubois Area Middle School (Dubois, PA).
The Ambridge Area Junior High School is fundraising for a second mosaic mural! We are lucky and excited to have artist Laura Jean McLaughlin join us once again to create a mural based on the history of our communities. Your student will enjoy learning about the rich history of the areas that make up our district. Then, they will sketch designs inspired by the lesson. We will design a mural layout on cement board and paint it in to color code it. Next, the hard work of cutting tile and putting together the mural begins. The final step is to grout the mural. Our wonderful maintenance team puts the mural on the wall with tap-con screws and TA-DA the whole school community gets to enjoy a powerful large scale work of art!
Last year’s Mural is 9 ½ ‘X 12’ large and based on school culture. The students made the entire artwork from the ground up! They were so proud of themselves when they saw the final product and so was everyone else in the school and community who got to experience the artwork. Great things happen when our collective creativity is pulled together!
If you are interested in donating to our cause here are your options:
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Our Indiegogo campaign has some great perks for larger donations! Visit the webpage to find out what they are.
Mr. Don Ayers won an energy grant from PIOGA for $470.75. PIOGA is Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association who represents over 950 members, including oil and natural gas producers, drilling contractors, service companies, manufacturers, distributors, professional firms and consultants, royalty owners, and other individuals with an interest in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry.
The grant money will be used for the Ambridge Junior High 7th & 8th grade honors science students 2nd annual S.T.E.M. day for the 3rd grade classes at Economy Elementary in spring of 2015. The students will use the kit to light a miniature bulb, sound a buzzer, rotate a fan with one simple device! This photocell testing unit can convert light energy into electric energy to make these experiments easy for students. The unit can also keep students busy applying an experiment such as comparison between a clear day and a cloudy day; observing the variation in the angle at which the sunlight falls on the cell; covering the cell with their hand and applying the reflected sunlight to the cell; or testing the unit’s ability by using an incandescent lamp or a fluorescent lamp.
The Junior High Interact Club sponsored the “Mummify-a-Teacher” fundraiser, once again this Halloween. This has become a fun and popular event for the school, and the students look forward to seeing a teacher dressed up like a mummy.
The students at the junior high donated their spare change to see their teacher of choice wrapped in toilet paper and paraded around the school. The student body was able to collect a generous amount to donate during two weeks before Halloween. It became a tight race between Mr. Litzinger and Officer Woods. All teachers and staff made this event fun for our students, and Mr. Amadio even campaigned against Mr. Litzinger as a last stitch effort to sway votes. It definitely paid off, because Mr. Litzinger was chosen by the students to be this year’s mummy.
Mr. Litzinger was a great sport and allowed a few Interact students to cover him completely in toilet paper like a mummy. He walked around the junior high and stopped into all classrooms to say, “Happy Halloween!” Mr. Litzinger even “scared” our students in the hallways. Everyone had a laugh, even Mr. Litz!
The Junior High Interact Club would like to thank all students, staff, and teachers (especially Mr. Litzinger) for participating in the event and adding to our Halloween fun! We cannot wait to see who our mummy will be next year!
Current Assistant to the Superintendent, Mrs. Megan Mealie, has been assigned as the interim Junior High School principal. The administration and school board hope to hire a permanent junior high principal soon. Attached is a letter that was sent home to the parents and students fromn Mrs. Mealie.