WEF

The Wilson Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that strives to engage parents, alumni and businesses to invest in the greater Wilson community. Funds raised by the Foundation support the needs of our students and teachers through academic programs, grants, scholarships, facility upgrade campaigns and more. Learn more by reading our Community Report 2013-14.

Support the Wilson Education Foundation!
Opportunities include:
 EITC Program | Employee Giving Campaign | Scholarships
 
Harlem Wizards
Harlem Wizards, Saturday, November 15
The Harlem Wizards are coming to Wilson to take on a team comprised of Wilson Faculty & Staff from all the buildings in an evening of Tricks, Hoops, and Alley-Oops! The event will be held in the Wilson High School Gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30pm. The game will start at 6:30pm. Don't miss this fun-filled, high flying, interactive community event. Tickets are $10 in advance for students and $12 in advance for adults. Tickets can be purchased at www.harlemwizards.com. Click on the “Get Tickets” yellow bar and find November 15 on the Wizards’ event calendar. At the door, all tickets are $15. Proceeds will benefit the Wilson Education Foundation. 
 

 Employee Giving Campaign

The Wilson Education Foundation will again offer Venture Grants to our Wilson Educators this school year! But this can only be done with the assistance of Wilson faculty & staff, as the funds you donate solely support this initiative. Please help us provide unique programs and otherwise unfunded opportunities right here at Wilson!
Wilson Employees -- you can still make a one time donation to the Foundation. To access a PDF of the form please click here. Submit forms to Kristin Kramer at krakri@wilsonsd.org or interoffice mail to the Administration Building, Any questions, please contact Kristin at ext. 1111.
 
Venture Grant Program

The goal of the Venture Grant Program is to enhance and to expand educational experiences and opportunities for the students of the Wilson School District by providing grants to individual teachers, groups of teachers, departments, and other professional employees that support creative and innovative programs that would not normally be funded through the school budget.  Grants will be awarded semi-annually to enable unique programs, teaching strategies, and learning experiences to become a reality in the classroom or through support services where they can influence the learning climate and directly benefit students.  

The following projects received funding through the Fall 2013 Venture Grant Application Process:
 
For several years Berks Art Council and Land Displays have promoted the work of professional artists through “Fast Lane Art.” For the first year, a juried student category was added. Elizabeth “Bibba” McKemy, high school art teacher, would like to invite any visual art students in grade 9-12 to join the competition! This contest helps to promote the arts in Berks County and allows interested Wilson Students to participate in a contest that promotes creativity and problem solving. This also provides a great community experience, as the exhibition is at the Crowne Plaza and is sponsored by the Berks Art Council. Winning entries will have their artwork displayed on billboards throughout the county and the first and second place winners will earn scholarships. Twelve Wilson students entered the competition and Wilson’s Emily McGuigan won the “People’s Choice Student Category” for most Facebook “Likes” of her artwork Majesties, which will be displayed on electronic billboards. 
 
Through “Flipping the Classroom,” Jocelyn Moyer and Karin Mohr will engage their high school Family and Consumer Science students in a new way of learning. Teachers will post video demonstrations on their website allowing students to watch the demonstrations prior to class, allotting more class time for students to practice the new skills with the support of the teacher. This will help to increase student engagement during the class time and allows students to give feedback and questions beforehand so teachers can tailor the lesson for each class. Students can view the clip multiple times until they feel comfortable with the material and students who are absent get the chance to catch up to the class more quickly. The goal is to eventually have students create their own videos on research topics of their choosing and use the videos to teach their peers!  
Ann Yarwornitsky, Wilson Southern Middle School librarian, encourages students to read through “Nooks for Today's Readers.” These Nooks will be used to help students and faculty lead discussion groups that will help to broaden their love of reading. Having these Nooks in the library introduces new technology to students and encourages students to participate in the Reading Olympics, helping students to become life-long readers. These Nooks will be available to the 65 Reading Olympic students along with the rest of the schools population. The library generously received Nooks the previous year through the Venture Grant, resulting in a 3rd-place finish last year in the Berks County Reading Olympics! They found this is a way to generate interest for students to read who usually don’t read for fun and believe adding more Nooks will help to get students interested!
 
The Southern Middle School Pre-STEM Academy RC Model Club integrates science and technology in the area of aviation. Mark Wiebner and Cory Luft are using an iPad for the clubs use to fully fly their AR drone, a radio controlled flying quadcopter helicopter. The iPad will be used to create and maintain the pre-STEM Academy RC club specifically for “first person view RC technology.” This club helps to bring together different academic departments and gets students excited about aviation. Students are able to explore the concept of flight from a first person viewpoint and record the experience. Although this club focuses on grades 7 and 8, it also helps to catapult students into the STEM Academy in 9th grade. Having the use of an iPad allows interested students to be able to see more directly how science and technology are integrated in aviation.
 
The Tulpehocken Ecology Field Study program, submitted by Ed Ulmer, high school biology teacher, provides opportunities for Wilson High School students to participate in true science outside the classroom. This program is designed to help students in the CP Biology and Honors Biology classes as well as students involved in the Environmental Science Club at the high school participate in various field studies. Studies take place on Saturdays throughout the year and on occasional afternoons during the week. Students partake in opportunities such as, studying water quality by chemical testing’s and taking nature walks to observe the Tulpehocken Ecosystem. Students discuss environmental issues as well as develop educational materials for elementary students, and collaborate in environmental groups locally to plant trees. This is a way for students who are truly interested in the topics to use this experience as part of a science fair project, community service, and/or career explorations. This opportunity is primarily focused for 11th grade students but is open to grades 9-12 for the club aspect. 
 
Wilson Education Foundation will host the Wilson Iron Chef Competition on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 1-5pm. Visit the event website at www.wilsonsd.org/ironchef for more information.
 
Facility Upgrade Campaign

The WSD Facility Upgrade Campaign is an initiative of the Wilson Education Foundation, intended to privately assist with funding the planned renovations of Gurski Stadium and Snyder Natatorium, and the addition of Bulldog Field.

CLICK HERE for details about the campaign and the associated construction projects.
 
PA Companies Can Donate to Wilson in Lieu of State tax
Please visit www.wilsonsd.org/EITC to learn more about the EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program. 
Wilson Education Foundation would like to thank the businesses that contributed to the Foundation through EITC for the 2014/15 school year:
- East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.
- EG Smith
- First Priority Bank
- Fulton Bank
- Phillips Facilities Management Group 
- Quadrant EPP USA, Inc.
- Riverview Bank
- Susquehanna Bank
  

OFFICERS
President 
                Steve Fritz
  VF Outlet (Ret)
Vice President      
                Bernie Campbell        
  Whirley Drink Works
Treasurer
                Andy Melzer
  National Penn Investors Trust
Secretary                                 Brett Gibble                   Santander
 
 
GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS
Rich Close                               Spinal Concepts
Jennifer Crocona                     Cornwall Terrace PTO President
Carl Dragonette                       ACN Consulting
Vicki Ebner                              Community Volunteer
Andrew Fick                            Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C.
Andrea Funk                           Cambridge-Lee Industries
Andrea Hetrick                        Wells Fargo- Harlem Wizards Chair
Stephan Horvat                       ParenteBeard
Ernie Magalotti                        Legacy Logistics
Leonard Marrella                     US Army Colonel (Ret) & Financial Advisor (Ret)
Chris Pruitt                              East Penn Manufacturing
Randy Simcox                         Tray-Pak Corporation
Carolyn Spano                        Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Doug Tieman                          Caron Treatment Center, WEF Past President
Al Wicks                                  C&S Supply, Inc.- Iron Chef Chair 
 
  
Ex-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Rich Caputo                            Fox Rothschild
Brenda Mack                          Wilson School Board Representative
 
Dr. Rudy Ruth                         Wilson School District Superintendent
Kristin Kramer                         Wilson Education Foundation Executive Director
Mary Jo Dunn                        
 Recording Secretary
    
 
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