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18 Students Awarded $13,000 in Grants

On June 9, Bucks for Bucs held an Awards Night in the High School Auditorium and presented scholarships totaling $13,000.  The scholarship winners were:
  • Caleb Armstrong – Bucks for Bucs Foundation Award
  • Roxanna Bell – Robert Smith Memorial Scholarship
  • Tyler Bird – Caterpillar Scholarship
  • Jordan Cavallo – Lloyd Salsberry Award; Susan Giles Stonebraker Scholarship; Keith Gump Memorial Scholarship
  • Noah Deep – Caterpillar Scholarship
  • Cheyenne Dungee – Bucks for Bucs Foundation Award
  • Joshua Gray – Patrick Campbell Memorial Scholarship; Caterpillar Scholarship
  • Garrett Grimm – Robert P. Stinespring Scholarship
  • Abigail Hamilton – Dignity of Life Scholarship
  • Matthew Hlasnick – Chartiers-Houston Boys’ Soccer Boosters Scholarship; Frank Kita Award; Central Office Scholarship
  • Lisa Hornack – Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship
  • Jordan Innes – Brian Price Sr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Sara Kaempf – Class of 1958 Scholarship
  • Kassie Kesneck – Schweinebraten Scholarship
  • Amy Lang - Chartiers-Houston Faculty Scholarship
  • Sunny Shaw – Bucks for Bucs Foundation Award
  • Jenna Vulcano – Schweinebraten Scholarship
  • Carly Wilson - Chartiers-Houston Girls’ Soccer Boosters Scholarship; Bucks for Bucs Foundation Award

More photos from the Awards Night are available at www.bucksforbucs.org

Spirit Wear On Sale Now
Spirit Wear order forms are due on Friday, September 4. All orders will be distributed at Open House. Check out the selection of merchandise in stock and available for order on Thursday, September 3 in the Allison Parkette on McGovern Rd. from 3-8 pm or view the order form online at http://bit.ly/BucksforBucsSpiritWear2015

Important Dates
Bucks for Bucs Meeting
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
High School Community Room

All are welcome to attend. Agenda will cover plans for the upcoming year, volunteer recruitment for the 5K Race, Spirit Wear, Sports Camp and Donor Outreach. Email bucksforbucs@gmail.com for more information.
 
Scholarship Applications Open
December 1, 2015

Applications will be available December 1 for current students to download from our website. Students must complete all parts of the application to be eligible – form, two essays and two recommendations sent in separately. For more information on the process, visit bucksforbucs.org.  
 
5K Race (Tentative) - April 9
Mark your calendars for our race and start training! Interested in helping to plan the event? Contact bucksforbucs@gmail.com

Become a Member!
We are having our first ever Membership Drive! Join by December 31, 2015 to be recognized by name in a future edition of our newsletter and on our website. Memberships are available at the following levels:

Maroon - $25 Minimum donation
Gold - $50 Minimum donation
Buccaneer - $100 Minimum donation
Flagship - $500 Minimum donation

The Flagship Level is a wonderful opportunity to honor a loved one or respected friend, or publicly show your support for our students.  For this minimum donation of $500, you can name a scholarship.
Donations can be made on-line at www.bucksforbucs.org, or by sending a check to Bucks for Bucs, P.O. Box 401, Meadow Lands, PA 15347.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations to the Bucks for Bucs Educational Foundation are tax-deductible. If you have any questions, please contact us at bucksforbucs@gmail.com or 724.250.8484.  

Over 120 Students Participate in Sports Camp
Over 120 children participated in the Bucks for Bucs Eighth Annual Sports Camp July 22 – 24, learning about soccer, basketball, football, and wrestling, among many other sports.

Scores of parents, teachers, community members, employees of the Nike store at Tanger Outlets, and Chartiers-Houston Junior/Senior High students volunteered their time to work. Our Elementary School Physical Education Instructor Chuck Kloes and High School English Teacher and Coach Justin Gavazzi deserve special recognition for directing the camp and keeping it running smoothly. And thanks to Keystone Fluid Handling of Houston for donating all the snacks. 

“This was one of our most successful years ever,” said Bucks for Bucs President, Amanda Hamilton Roos, noting that over $5,000 was raised.  “It’s a great opportunity for kids to celebrate the beginning of the summer by playing organized sports with their friends. Plus, the Middle and High School kids get to work on their volunteer hours. Everyone has a lot of fun!”

The camp was held on the same day as the inaugural Allison Park Elementary PFO Summer Camp.  Children could participate in the Sports Camp in the morning, and then spend the afternoon at the PFO camp studying everything from ocean life to gardening to coding. The kids got to play educational games and even build with recycled materials and K’nex construction sets.  For photos see http://www.bucksforbucs.org/elementarycampphotos2015

Where Are They Now? Bucks for Bucs Scholarship Recipient, Alex Engler
Alex Engler (C-H Class of ’10) isn’t afraid to try new things. Now in his second year of law school at the University of Georgia, he’s already seen his fair share of adventure. Before law school, Engler attended Penn State where he majored in chemical engineering and minored in engineering entrepreneurship. His Bucks for Bucs scholarships completely paid for books and lab equipment during his first year. And the time Engler spent in the lab was well worth it. One of the projects that Engler worked on — synthesizing catalysts for biomass conversion— is still in operation. Thanks to his academic preparation at Chartiers-Houston, Engler was ready for his rigorous schedule.
 
“Everything in calculus, chemistry, and physics, I had seen before and mostly understood,” he says. But growing up in a small school district had other benefits. “After my first couple of years at Penn State, taking lecture classes in halls that seat 1,000, I ended up taking mostly small, group-oriented classes to finish my Engineering degree,” he says. “When you grow up in a smaller school district, you learn to work with and interact with people on a more personal level, which is essential to performing effectively in many upper-level, advanced classes.”
 
Looking back at his interactions with the teachers and students at Chartiers-Houston, Engler remembers them fondly, especially the late physics teacher Patrick Campbell.
 
“The man was brilliant, but had a knack for explaining difficult concepts in a way that any student could understand,” Engler says. “He was able to balance learning with having fun. You could tell he enjoyed what he was doing, and it rubbed off on the students. Class was something students wanted to actively be a part of. We joked around quite a bit as well. Everyone looked forward to Newtonmass Carols when it came time for Christmas break. My friends and I will still talk about those days whenever we get a chance to meet up and reminisce. “
 
Meeting up with Engler may be difficult. He’s so busy challenging himself to try new things. Like law school, where he plans to work on patent or environmental law, or interning as a law clerk in Georgia, which he’s doing this summer. Sometimes he is even out of the country.  While at Penn State, studied abroad in France—a great experience thanks to his foreign language training in high school!
 
Engler encourages his fellow Bucs to keep “trying, succeeding, and failing.”  Whether it’s enthusiastically singing Newtonmass carols, conjugating French verbs, taking the engineering class, or going for that scholarship—there is no better time than high school to take on academic challenges. 

Now Offering Educational Grants
In 2015, the Bucks for Bucs organization was renamed the “Bucks for Bucs Educational Foundation” to reflect the expansion of our mission.

We will continue awarding scholarships to graduating seniors, and are pleased to report that we are planning to offer educational grants for innovative programs that the District could not fund on its own. 

In June 2015, we awarded our first educational grant to help the Allison Park Elementary PFO host the first Academic Summer Camp for two weeks in the summer. The camp featured hands-on activities and an engaging curriculum taught by Allison Park Elementary School teachers.  Through the donation of a generous supporter, Bucks for Bucs was able to make a $500 grant to the PFO, paying the tuition for 10 students who would have otherwise missed out on this opportunity.

Over the coming months Bucks for Bucs would like to adopt a policy and application process for teachers and community members seeking grants to further the educational opportunities for the students in our District.  A committee will be formed to formalize the process and establish an application review committee. If you would like to help with this effort, please send an email to bucksforbucs@gmail.com. We welcome the input of community members, parents, faculty and staff.