Wyomissing Area School District students benefit from innovative programs and projects, largely due to the increase of Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donations into Wyomissing Area Education Foundation (WAEF)
Giving Goes Glam Event Raises Funds for Wyomissing Area Education Foundation’s West Reading Elementary Center Technology Enhancement
The Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show, sponsored by the L.O.V.E. Team of West Reading, raised $13,000 to support Wyomissing Area Education Foundation’s West Reading Elementary Center Technology Enhancement on Wednesday, October 5, 2015, at its 5th annual Fall into Fashion event.
Over 200 people attended the sold out fashion show at the Neag Planetarium of the Reading Public Museum. Attendees enjoyed viewing the best of West Reading’s boutiques and shoppes on the runway, raffles, live auctions, and refreshments.
Donations supporting West Reading Elementary Center Technology Enhancement will be utilized to create a “Makerspace Cart.” A Makerspace Cart combines all facets of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by allowing students in grades 5th and 6th to build, invent, tinker, design and solve problems using higher level thinking skills in a designated area. The self-directed environment created for students includes, but is not limited to, reverse engineering, technology exploration, architectural design and art.
“Our students are going to benefit greatly from this donation. STEM education is crucial for these students because their career interests are starting to take shape,” says Stacey Hughes, Stem Specialist for K-6th grade students, “Now we have the resources for them to explore their curiosities in an interactive space. It will involve all students in the building, providing access to 21st Century skills needed in the real world.”
About Wyomissing Area Education Foundation
The Wyomissing Area Education Foundation is a community based organization, formed in 1995, dedicated to providing an enriching educational experience that expands the knowledge and maximizes the potential of every student in the Wyomissing Area School District. Through a trusted and independent status in the administering of grants and scholarships, the Foundation has provided grant money for programs, projects and equipment that have had significant impact on students, and numerous scholarships affecting the lives of over 100 students.
WAEF’s Annual Report: Providing Educational Opportunities for Every Student
October 27, 2016
The most important responsibility of the Wyomissing Area Education Foundation (WAEF) is the task of providing funding opportunities to enhance education for every student. It is not an easy task to meet fundraising goals that will have a profound effect on the education of every student. Many years ago, the WAEF Board of Directors determined that the most practical avenue for enriching education was through grant funding. Today, if a teacher has an innovative program or project idea, WAEF grants can provide program and project funding to turn the ‘idea into a reality’.
During the 2015-2016 school year, WAEF approved $56,339.75 in grants for projects and programs within all three school buildings. Also in 2016, 16 students were awarded $19,650.00 in scholarships for a combined grants and scholarships total of $75,989.75 to Wyomissing Area.
During the school year, WAEF also facilitated six fundraising events for Wyomissing residents, alumni, parents, students, teachers and staff.
Today, many non-profit donors want to know how their donations are spent, and just as importantly, the success of the program or project that is supported by the donations. WAEF has always maintained a commitment to grant funding that includes subsequent grant evaluations. Of top priority is having grant monies support sustainable projects and programs. For example, most grants provide benefits to many students every day. WAEF provides an Annual report, with grant descriptions listed on pages 4 and 5, to help you get to know us better. We want you to know that your donation is funding opportunities for all students.
WAEF’s 3rd Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, John Rothenberger
The suburb of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania has recently been referred to as an “American Dream.” It certainly is an extraordinary place to live, with extraordinary people who have often credited the community for giving them a strong foundation for their future.
John Baker Rothenberger, a 1963 graduate of Wyomissing High School, credits his life accomplishments to the beautiful community where he grew up. Whether it was spending summers at the Wyomissing pool, ice skating at the Stone House, or studying at Wyomissing High School, the foundation was laid for John’s philanthropy. On October 7, 2016, the Wyomissing Area Education Foundation honored John as an alumnus who has demonstrated an enormous commitment to the Wyomissing Area School District, Wyomissing, the Greater Berks community, and beyond.
In 1963, John entered Babson College’s accelerated program and graduated three years later with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. As a dedicated member of his family, John returned home to assist his mother and brother in the family business, Clover Farms Dairy. Since 1967, John has been the CFO, Secretary and Treasurer of Clover Farms Dairy. The company, under John’s leadership, has continuously supported countless community groups through its generous donations.
John joined the Big Brothers organization (presently Big Brothers/Big Sisters) in 1969 and volunteered as a Big Brother for 10 years. His commitment to mentoring young men was not a small one. John spent time every week providing numerous activities for his “little” brothers, and often involved the child’s entire family in these activities. John served as President of Big Brothers from 1975-1978. Along with a colleague, John realized a need for young females to receive mentorship from a “Big Sister,” and the organization officially became Big Brothers/Big Sisters during his presidency. From 1986-1990 John served on the Wyomissing Borough Council where he chaired the Police and Fire Committee. John is a founding trustee of the Wyomissing Area Education Foundation (WAEF). He is a past president of the Foundation and has been an Emeritus Director since 2003. At WAEF, John has supported programs for trade and technology, first generation college students, community events, and grants to classroom programs and projects. John is an active member of the PA Association of Milk Donors. From 2003-2010, John served on the Board of Directors of the Berks Economic partnership. He has been instrumental in establishing programs for and providing leadership to a host of non-profit organizations, businesses, and educational institutions throughout Berks County and beyond. He is not only grateful for all that he has experienced but also for what he can do for others.
John’s most cherished accomplishment is his family, including his loving wife, Gloria, daughter Kristy Rothenberger Peters and her husband Scott, son Eric Rothenberger and his wife Jenny, and his five granddaughters: Reese, Paige, Blake, Emerson, and Harper.
Congratulations to the 2016 Wyomissing Area Education Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni recipient, John Rothenberger!
Robotics Grant provides opportunity to win Regional Competition
A heartfelt thank you from Nate Miller, STEM Specialist @ WASD, and recipient of a grant for Vex Arm/ Vehicle Robotics:
I just wanted to thank you for the support from WAEF to help out with our STEM program for the Science Olympiad competition. We just had the regional competition yesterday at Kutztown University with 31 other schools from the area.
The Robot Arm that was developed, built, and operated by senior James Simmons got 1st place in the event. The Electric Vehicle, that was developed and built by Austin Keim and operated by Matt Sachenik and James Simmons, earned a 3rd place finish at the competition. The students, and myself, truly appreciate the contribution WAEF gave to make the competition possible and so successful.
WAEF Continues Its Support for Students Seeking Technology and Trade Careers
For the 20 years of its existence, Wyomissing Area Education Foundation (WAEF) has been enriching the lives of Wyomissing Area School District (WASD) students through grants for programs, projects and equipment, and scholarships that reward academic achievement and other significant accomplishments. However, recognizing that 15% of graduating students choose trade or technical schools, military careers, employment or remain undecided at graduation, a new endowment is being established to support those students with trade and technology career aspirations.
The Trade and Technology Fund, established in September 2015 with a pledge of $2,500 annually for 5 years from Customers Bank, supports secondary school students’ vocational training costs and awards an annual $1,000 scholarship to a graduating student attending a post secondary institution of higher learning.
In the Fund’s inaugural year, Tompkins VIST Bank and Clover Farms Dairy generously donated a combined $10,000. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of Tompkins VIST Bank and Clover Farms Dairy, which insures that WAEF can assist our students in the fast-growing and lucrative fields of trade and technology,” said Karen Moser, WAEF Executive Director. “As a local bank, we are committed to improving our communities through programs like WAEF that develop our youth as well as the local economy,” said Scott Gruber, president and CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank.
Recognizing the ongoing need for this support, WAEF is seeking to establish a permanent Trade & Technology Endowment by partnering with other donors and organizations in the trade and technology sectors to reach their goal of $50,000. The pursuit of further funding for the Endowment will allow WAEF to increase the number of post secondary scholarships awarded and cover additional secondary school student vocational program costs. Interested parties may contact Karen Moser for more information.
About Wyomissing Area Education Foundation
The Wyomissing Area Education Foundation is a community based organization, formed in 1995, dedicated to expanding knowledge and enriching learning in the Wyomissing Area School District. Since inception, the Foundation has provided over $270,000 in grants for programs, projects and equipment that have had significant impact on students, and over $172,000 in scholarships affecting the lives of over 100 students.