Seeking Sponsors for Scholarships and 5k Race 

​The Bucks for Bucs Educational Foundation, Inc. expands the educational opportunities of Chartiers-Houston School District students through scholarships and educational grants. Through fundraisers and the generosity of community members like you, we've invested tens of thousands of dollars in our community. We are currently accepting donations for Scholarships and 5K Race and Fun Walk Sponsorships. Can we count on your support?
Bucks for Bucs typically awards scholarships of $500 or $1,000. When you fund a scholarship, you can be assured:

  • 100% of scholarship donations will be used to fund scholarships
  • The scholarship will be awarded objectively and fairly
  • The scholarship can be named as you request
5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk Sponsorships
Our Bucks for Bucs 5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. We are asking community members to sponsor the Race either by donating funds,  food and drinks, prizes for our raffle, and gift cards to be used either as prizes or to purchase food and drinks. 

For more details on how you can fund a scholarship or sponsor the Race, click here.

5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk Slated for April 8

The Bucks for Bucs Annual 5k Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk will be held on Saturday, April 8.

The event begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. (arrive by 8:30 to sign in at the Senior High Gym or "Field House") and ends at the Chartiers-Houston High School stadium. The course runs through a safe, quiet residential neighborhood with rolling hills. The race ends back at the stadium with 300 meters on the stadium track! The 1 Mile Fun Walk will start a few minutes after the start of the 5K. The event also includes pre- and post-race food and drink for competitors as well as a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. Register by March 22, 2017 to guarantee your dry fit-style race shirt and goodie bag.

​Coaches - this is a great group activity for our youth and varsity cheerleading, baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, cross-country, track & field, football and soccer teams. We'd love to see your group represented at the event to support the Buccaneers! Why not run or walk in your uniform to show your Bucs team spirit?

You can sign up to volunteer here. For more information on the race and how to register, click here

Where Are They Now? Mike Mattarock ('08)

Mike Mattarock (CH Class of ’08) has a love of history and a passion for teaching, which he fulfills through his adjunct professor appointment at George Washington University, instructing a course that he developed on the history of El Salvador.  Prior to serving as a professor at GWU, Mike was a student there and the recipient of multiple Bucks for Bucs Scholarships, which he utilized while obtaining undergraduate degrees in History and International Affairs. After graduating summa cum laude, he completed his Masters of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) with honors distinction, also from GWU. 

Mike spends the majority of his time in the business world, where he develops and advises digital business strategy for clients at Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company.  Mike leads the Digital Business Strategy practice, where the focus is on advising C-level executives on how to best leverage evolving technologies to remain competitive.  Mike also spends a fair amount of time in the Public Sector, advising Federal clients (largely DoD and Aerospace) on how to leverage business partnerships with the commercial world in order to institutionalize greater efficiency and value in their operations. Previously, he worked as a Senior Manager of Business Systems at McMaster-Carr and as an Analyst at the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. 
While Mike had many challenging classes and great teachers at CHHS, he credits two specifically with best preparing him for life after high school: Single Variable Calculus (Mrs. McCall) and Spanish V (Señora Z). He elaborates, “Calculus challenged me to solve problems through a new (and unfamiliar) lens, while the Independent Study of Spanish V allowed me to develop teaching techniques to effectively deliver content to students. Both are skills I heavily leverage today when advising diverse clients on critical strategy and in building curriculum for my courses at GWU.”  Mike reports that the biggest adjustment he faced upon entering college was “balancing all of the opportunity that Washington, DC presented to a student. I had to quickly identify and research which opportunities offered the greatest benefits in advancing my educational and professional career on a scale that was unlike the Chartiers area.” 
Mike also feels that students benefit greatly from working in high school.  It provides the opportunity to build a resume, but also invaluable familiarity with the working world.  He started out working in Human Resources at Centimark Corporation, right down the road from CHHS, “which was a tremendous opportunity to gain such exposure.” 
Mike’s parents still live in the district and he visits regularly “to see them and all that has changed in our neighborhood. Just in the decade or so since I've left, Chartiers has noticeably changed with the expansion of industry along the Racetrack Rd corridor, the new gym and updates to the high school, and myriad of development throughout the region.”
As someone who works in both business and education, Mike offers the following advice to students as they leave high school and enter a new and exciting phase of life: “Thoroughly consider the new environment (and surrounding area) you are about to enter and actively identify what it has to offer you. Find a mentor that you respect, who will provide guidance and sanity-check the many decisions you are faced with making while in college. Start thinking about what fuels your passion and align those ideas to the activities/experiences and classes you select. If you're uncertain what your passion is, participate in courses and groups that seem interesting to you.”  To parents, who are happy for their children but inevitably sad to see them go away and nervous about how they will manage with greater independence, “Trust that you raised your child to make quality decisions and do not try to micromanage a college experience from afar. Your ongoing support is critical in building upon the foundation you've helped them create, but they must be the architects now and you the consultant.” 

Help Wanted 

​The following leadership positions within Bucks for Bucs are available: 

Spirit Wear Coordinator – 1 or 2 openings – this individual will select the vendor and merchandise beginning in the summer with the Spirit Wear sale beginning in September, promote the sale, work at the Bucks for Bucs table at the Elementary School Open House to sell items, communicate with customers and the vendor, and ensure delivery to customers.

Educational Grant Coordinator – 1 or 2 openings – this individual will work closely with the officers and directors to launch an educational grant application process under which Bucks for Bucs will provide educational grants support educational programs within our school district. This is a new endeavor for our organization, and we are looking for someone who has the energy and creativity to make it a success!

Communications Coordinator – 1 opening – this individual will work closely with the Secretary and be responsible for the communications of the organization including the following: write and publish the newsletter, assist other members of the organization in promoting fundraisers, send out email communications to the mailing list using Vertical Response, maintain the website using SquareSpace, and manage the Bucks for Bucs Facebook page.

If you want to help occasionally but are not interested in a leadership role, we would still love your help. We are always looking for assistance with our events like the Race, Sports Camp, and Spirit Wear sale. Contact us at

Important Dates

Race Sponsorship and Scholarship Sponsorship Forms Due
Tuesday, February 28

We are seeking businesses and individuals to sponsor our Race and to fund scholarships. More information is available on our website.

Scholarship Applications Due
Wednesday, March 15
Applications are available for current seniors 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, visit our website.  
5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk
Saturday, April 8

Mark your calendars for our race and start training! More information is available on our website. Sign up on-line to volunteer.

Sports Camp
Monday-Thursday, June 12-15

Our annual Sports Camp at Allison Park Elementary School will be held the week immediately following the end of school. Details and registration will be forthcoming. This is another great opportunity for High School students to earn their community service hours.

Bucks for Bucks Volunteer Staff

Chris Opfer – Director/President
Meredith Gillo – Director/Vice President
Sandy Rollo-DeLong – Treasurer
Colleen Zak Hess – Director/Secretary
Justin Gavazzi – Race Director
Mandy Smoke – Race Coordinator
Chuck Kloes – Sports Camp Director
Kim Nuevo – Sports Camp Coordinator
Christine Bacola – Sports Camp Coordinator

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