WEF

The mission of the Wilson Education Foundation is to support Wilson excellence! The vision of the organization is to engage parents, alumni and businesses to invest in the greater Wilson community to further differentiate a Wilson Education and to enhance students' opportunities. The non-tax dollars raised by the Foundation support the needs of our students and teachers by funding academic programs, grants, scholarships, district events, facility upgrade campaigns and more. Learn more by reading our                                     Community Report 2013-14.

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Wilson Education Foundation is excited to announce a contribution 

in the amount of $40,000 to the Wilson School District to support the continued implementation of the 1:1 Technology Initiative. Wilson School District launched a 1:1 Initiative as a way to advance students in the technology world as it continues to grow. The digital conversion empowers teachers and students to harness the power of technology to collaborate, to create, to communicate, to think critically, and how to learn in the 21st century. In August 2014, Wilson successfully deployed Google Chromebooks at the high school and two middle schools (grades 6-12). Currently 3,700 students and 240 secondary teachers are engaged in learning how ubiquitous access to the Internet can ignite the learning process.  Wilson is excited to announce it is on target to move to a full 1:1 technology implementation for the 2015-2016 school year to include students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Wilson Education Foundation sees the value in supporting this important academic initiative at Wilson. 

WEF Check Presentation

(Pictured L-R) Carol Reid, Wilson School Board Member; Dr. Rudy Ruth, Wilson Superintendent; Chris Trickett, Director of Technology; Diane Richards, Director of Finance; Steven Ehrlich, Wilson School Board Member; and Kristin Kramer, Executive Director, Wilson Education Foundation. A check presentation ceremony was held during the "Networking at Night" Event with the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry that the Wilson Education Foundation hosted on Wednesday, April 29, in a tented area near George Mack Stadium at Bulldog Field. Attendees had an opportunity to learn more about the Wilson Education Foundation and how it benefits the Wilson community while mixing and mingling with other community members. 

 
Save the DATE for the 3rd Annual Wilson Iron Chef Competition & Benefit Auction on Sunday, April 10, 2016, from 1-5pm, Wilson HS Gymnasium! This exciting, family-friendly event will include a timed cooking competition between 3 local chefs. Several restaurants will vie for your vote with samples as part of the People's Choice Competition. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste and to vote for their favorite! More than 30 other restaurants and food-related businesses will also offer tasty samples ranging from soups or appetizers to entrees or desserts! All food tastings are included with the admission price. For more information, please visit http://www.wilsonsd.org/IronChef
 

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 are 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 2014 Venture Grant Application Process:
 

WHS Literary Magazine "INK"

Introduced for the first time during the 2014-2015 school year, the WHS Literary Magazine was assembled by a team of two teachers, two student editors, and a panel of student collaborators. The magazine includes short stories, personal essays, poetry, and artwork of all types. The goal of the WHS Literary Magazine is to create two issues each year to showcase the talents of the student body and provide the students with a creative outlet, a voice within the school, and an audience for their artistic accomplishments. Additionally, the production of the literary magazine will teach students the fundamentals of good writing and publishing and give students a place to see their writing and art in print. This will foster a community of young writers and artists to come together and celebrate these accomplishments.


Elementary Reading Olympics

The only one of its kind within the county, Wilson School District unveiled the elementary Reading Olympics this year. Fourth and fifth grade students across the district had the opportunity to be involved in this event which encourages children to read more than they currently do, read a greater variety of books, and enjoy the excitement of reading and talking about books. The team format encourages students to share the challenge of reading the selection of books with their friends. Lead by teachers and librarians from their school, each team of students collaborates to read a combined total of thirty to forty five books. After completing the list of materials selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists, and classroom teachers, the students answer questions about what they read. Although the Reading Olympics are a competition, the event is much more a celebration of reading rather than a contest.


The Southern Middle School Pre-STEM Academy RC Model Club 

The Wilson Southern RC Club was started to raise awareness for the I-STEM program that is in place at the high school. In just four short years, the club has grown substantially in terms of students as well as equipment. The RC club operates and maintains RC drones, RC cars, an RC helicopter, and an RC plane. The goal of the Wilson Southern RC Club has been and continues to be to get students motivated about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


CNC Milling Machine

Twelve Wilson seniors decided to build a CNC Milling Machine as their senior year project as part of the Engineering Design & Development course at the high school. The machine will be able to mill materials, such as wood, for certain projects or parts for projects. The cost to build the machines is high, but the students took it into their own hands to gather the funds necessary to produce this machine. As a result of the project’s completion, students will be able to mill materials in a manner that is faster and more precise than any human could. Due to the initiative the seniors have taken, the engineering and technological department will have a tool that will increase efficiency for years to come.


YBTC Competition

Students involved with the You Be The Chemist Club at Wilson Southern and West Middle Schools are getting hands-on chemistry experience in preparation for the annual You Be The Chemist Competition held at Penn State Berks. The club supports the acquisition of knowledge and problem solving skills that are necessary for this exciting competition. Chemistry kits and equipment used during club meetings allow the students, grades 6-8, to have a meaningful and fun experience while studying and preparing for competition. The weekly meetings include activities such as study sessions, chemistry videos, and experiments.

 
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
- National Penn Bank 
- Phillips Facilities Management Group 
- Quadrant EPP USA, Inc.
- Riverview Bank
- Susquehanna Bank
- Tompkins VIST 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
Stephen Horvat                      Baker Tilly
Ernie Magalotti                      Legacy Logistics
Leonard Marrella                    US Army Colonel (Ret) & Financial Advisor (Ret)
Chris Pruitt                           East Penn Manufacturing
Doug Tieman                        Caron Treatment Center, WEF Past President
Al Wicks                              C&S Supply, Inc.- Iron Chef Chair 
  
Ex-OFFICIO MEMBERS
John Miravich                       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