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Glendale School District Education Foundation

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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: It is the Mission of the Glendale School District Education Foundation to generate and manage resources to enhance learning opportunities for students and staff of the Glendale School District.

Results: We have spent over $120,000 the past ten years of the Foundation's existence to reward and enhance academic achievement on all levels of K-12 education at Glendale School District.

Target demographics: To create and perpetuate community awareness of the need to enrich the educational opportunities of the K-12 students of Glendale School District through planned giving.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800+ students K-12, 70 instructors, and many families...

Geographic areas served: The Glendale School District's 5 surrounding municipalities

Programs: Challenge Grants for Teachers, Viking Achievement Awards, Student Scholarships, Grades 12-9 Academic Letter Program, Students of Distinction Program, Elementary Reading Awards, PA One Books for Grades K-1, provide FREE dictionaries for every Grade 3 student, donations to elem and HS "School Wide Positive Behavior" Programs, Cash award to 'Principal Award' winner, Cash awards to Top 3 students in Glendale Spelling Bee, free bicycles for Perfect Attendance in Grade 6, and many other to reward academic excellence!

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale School District Foundation has provided a tremendous amount of support to the teachers, students, and community of the Glendale School District. The members have worked diligently to raise money through well planned enjoyable events in the community. The funds raised have allowed teachers to apply for mini grants through the foundation to plan educational events/activities for the students as well as scholarships for high school students. Each year our elementary school has in interdisciplinary theme that unites literacy and music and the theme was the British Invasion. Two years ago, I along with three other colleagues, wrote a grant to develop the reading and writing skills of students as well as develop their appreciation of music. The students were immersed in literacy and music activities that enabled them to learn about Britain as well as many of the musical influences from the British. The funds from the grant were used to pay a Beatles tribute band called The Cavern Club to perform for our students. Many of our students may never get to a concert so this event was a huge success. Our principal commented that she had not seen our students so excited during an assembly as they were for that one! Not only was the concert enjoyed by all but it was something the students could talk about with their families. A man in the neighborhood shared that his granddaughter in first grade called him after school the day of the assembly and excitedly shared that she had seen "The Beatles" at school that day. She wanted to know if he knew of them! This certainly bridged the generation gap! This event, as well as many others, that have taken place at our school would not have been possible without the Glendale School District Education Foundation. They care about the school and the community and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation offers the students within our district a multitude of opportunities and programs that encourage growth.

It is apparent in all they do that the students of the Glendale School District are the purpose of their hard work.

The success they achieve shines brightly from each child their outreach has touched.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale School District Education Foundation is invested in the success of our students. As the high school counselor, I have collaborated on many different scholarships with members of the foundation. This organization is dedicated not only to our students but also to the staff of the Glendale School District. I am grateful for the level of support and interest offered. Great programs and opportunities are afforded to the students and teachers of our small rural school district through the efforts of this hardworking organization. Thank you to the board members and supporters of the Glendale School District Education Foundation! You truly help make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation is an amazing support and resource for our schools, supporting and promoting student excellence and success. GEF sponsors several scholarships for graduating seniors, Viking Achievement Awards for students in grades 7-9, and awards Challenge Grants of $500 each to deserving teachers...each and every school year. The generosity does not stop with those programs, however, as GEF is involved and supports many other school programs and initiatives and community events like the School Wide Positive Behavior Program, Students of Distinction Program, Horace Mann Perfect Attendance Bike Program for 6th graders, and many more events and happenings in our school district. The Glendale Education Foundation is an integral support for our small rural school district. Many thanks for all the hard work, thoughtfulness and support for our district to Executive Director, Mr. Richard W. Snyder II and the board of the Glendale Education Foundation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been able to assist this great organization several times now. It is a joy to see how enthusiastic everyone is to provide a needed service to the community and school.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are a proud small business that donates regularly and volunteers with the foundation. In doing so we receive a window cling that states we are a PROUD sponsor. We display this on our business door. I cannot even count the number of times a customer has brought up small talk by pointing out that window cling, and every one of them has a good story to tell. Seeing the families that this foundation helps makes me proud to be able to help them in any way.

Jen LJ P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The GEF has provided me with the means to create and perform some incredible concerts with our school’s choirs. From hiring instrumentalists, buying music, or giving us needed funds for special effects, our Glendale Education Foundation gives me the means to provide meaningful and purposeful additional experiences to our students and community. They always step up to the plate to provide for us, and only ask that we share their mission in return. We are blessed to have them in our corner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation is a wonderful organization that goes above and beyond to help the youth in our area.

Donor

Rating: 5

The GSDEF does a fantastic job of supporting both the students and the teachers within the Glendale School District. The number of different programs/activities the Foundation sponsors is truly phenomenal. They not only enable the teachers to provide a quality education to the students, they also incentivize the students to excel and be at their very best. The volunteers that make up the GSDEF are to be commended for their hard work and efforts in support of the district’s students and teachers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Glendale Foundation is a treasure to the administration, faculty, and students of the Glendale Area School District. The Foundation has helped provide valuable resources to the faculty and scholarships & other unique resources to support the students. The Foundation has helped build valuable community relationships to assist in supporting the students’ dreams! This is priceless to the youth of our small, rural community. Thanks Mr. Snyder for leading the way!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glendale Education Foundation is continually supporting our young minds in this rural community by providing unique learning experiences, scholarships, and other supports for the student body of the Glendale School District. The G.E.F. supports collegiate paths of learning and technical school career paths. What a blessing to have this group in our community. Thanks Dick Snyder for leading the charge!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation fills a gap of need that serves the students, staff and community of Glendale School District in a variety of ways. Most recently during the pandemic when our teachers were quickly adapting and shifting to online learning, the GEF provided a valuable staff resource in purchasing us copies of "The Distance Learning Playbook" which provided insight and inspiration into how to make online learning meaningful and engaging. This is just one example of the ways the foundation steps up to support the Glendale school community, and have done so diligently for many years. As an administrator at GSD, I very much appreciate knowing this dedicated group of volunteers care so much about our school and work so hard to continue to support us year after year.

William M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation, led by Executive Director Richard W. Snyder II, works to provide much needed funding for educational programs, special projects, academic awards, and scholarship opportunities for the students in the Glendale School District. The Foundation has developed an active role in the community with two popular fundraisers (annual golf tournament and winefest events) and numerous outreach programs, including the recently developed Glendale High School Alumni Registry which will eventually serve as a database for an official Glendale High School Alumni group. Be sure to visit www.GSDFoundation.org to keep up with all the Foundation's news, events, and features of students, alumni, and supporters!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The GSDEF continues to be one of the strongest support groups for educational programs and scholarships that I've observed. Fund-raising for scholarships and grants, providing community-based support for back-to-school events and supplies distribution, and using social networking to broaden support for the implementation of challenge grants, special programs, and enlightening events for the entire community are just a few of the ways that the Foundation continues to provide a strong presence in the community. It is a pleasure to be associated with GSDEF and with school and community members in our efforts to secure resources for students in the Glendale School District!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation is a wonderful organization that has always provided an amazing amount of support to the students, staff, and community at the Glendale School District. The Glendale Education Foundation has rewarded the hard work and success of the students and provided them with support for their future to reach their goals. The organization members dedicate an amazing amount of time to support our Glendale community. Our community is blessed for sure to have this wonderful organization supporting our Glendale community! We appreciate all you do Glendale Education Foundation!

Diane A.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation is a wonderful organization. It provides for so many extended classroom experiences. It is devoted to scholarship aid for deserving seniors. It is an asset to our community.

Timothy W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

GSDEF was very helpful to me in providing scholarship opportunities to help me attend college. I am grateful for what they have done, and know many other students like myself who have been helped by them as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Glendale School District Education Foundation is such an amazing resource for students at Glendale! I am so thankful that they made scholarships available to us students to help us have an opportunity to further our educational journey. They have made countless resources and opportunities available for students, and selflessly do this! I am so thankful to the education foundation for all they do, and have done for us in my time at Glendale. They are an amazing resource that really work hard to serve the public at Glendale.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Foundation is a great organization to be a part of and it is so beneficial to so many people, including the many kids who receive prizes, bikes, scholarships, the businesses, the many fundraisers the organization does. It is a wonderful organization for our small community

Donor

Rating: 5

The more I learn about the GSDEF the more impressed I am with the tremendous work they perform. The foundation acts as an enabler for the students and educators. Their efforts provide students and educators with opportunities that they wouldn't necessary have if the foundation didn't exist.

The GSDEF enables educators to make learning fun as well as meaningful for their students through grants and the other programs that they sponsor. The foundation helps the students through scholarships, special programs, as well as achievement awards.

The foundation does a great job of engaging the community through its fund raising activities. Without the community's support, the foundation would not be able to provide such outstanding support to the Glendale School District's students and educators.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation has been an amazing resource to our school district for many years now. The support they provide in terms of financial, manpower, brainpower, and moral support can't be quantified. They are able to help us provide opportunities for our students that we would be otherwise unable to provide and we appreciate each hardworking member very much! Thank you GEF and here's to many more years of working together to benefit the students of Glendale School District.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Principal for our Elementary School, the GEF has provided outstanding resources not just in terms of financial, but also in terms of manpower, support and ideas for such a wide variety of activities and functions it is difficult to mention them all. From teacher grants, to our backpack program, to book giveaways, to our Schoolwide Positive Behavior, and many more. Our GEF members are truly a godsend and work very hard, even in retirement, to support the students and families in our district.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation offers numerous financial opportunities for the faculty and students of Glendale School District alike. Though their gracious support, the band was able to purchase a new camera and equipment for that camera so that we can record and archive our halftime shows, parades and concerts. The foundation is also a great resource of scholarships for graduating seniors in a school district. Many students attending trade schools and college need extra support to make that a reality. The foundation helps to make that a reality.

Jeff D.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glendale Education Foundation supports both academic and community based awards, as well as educational endeavors by both students and faculty!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great foundation. Does a lot for the kids... Very nice people hard working...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The GSDEF is a great support for educational programs in the Glendale School District! Resources are used wisely and in a way that will benefit all students and learning environments in the elementary school and junior/senior high school. Community outreach is also commendable as a means of fund raising and promoting scholarship establishment and program sponsorship. Many students with specific needs are supported because of the GSDEF.

Donor

Rating: 5

A fabulous foundation which goes above and beyond to help the students and the families in the district community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation has helped me provide meaningful classroom experiences for not only my individual classroom but for the entire elementary school. Through the foundation, my students have been able to participate in a mobile science lab, attend theater productions, and participate in character education activities. These activities would not be possible without their funding! The foundation's dedication and support is evident throughout our school community.

Mark Y.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The G.E.F. does an amazing job of providing opportunities to the students and faculty of the Glendale School District. Every year they sponsor "Challenge Grants" of up to $500 for materials or programs that would enrich the students academic endeavors. I personally have applied and was awarded several of these grants to take students on field trips (guided tour of a wind farm and Carnegie Science museum) and acquire materials for laboratory units (UV attenuation for high school students and origami organelles for middle schools students). The G.E.F. also sponsors awards for students who achieve academic excellence as well.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had absolutely nothing but a positive encounter with the Glendale Education Foundation. I have been able to do so many incredible things with my students because of their funding. In addition, they allow me to team up with other teachers, sharing a grant idea, to benefit even more students. For example, here is how they are going to be funding my idea this year, which is above and beyond our normal curriculum.

I am theming my elementary concert and year with the theme “it’s a small world after all”. I got the idea when I took our HS choir to Disney world, and saw their response to Epcot’s World Showcase. The kids were in awe of the cultural foods, dances, and music that were represented authentically in the park. Since so many of our students are below various income levels, they would never have the opportunity to see this for themselves, so I’m bringing Disney World and cultural activities to the students!

I will be bringing in food, teaching them songs and games from other parts of the globe, and have them perform a concert in entirely different languages. They are going to be discovering and tracing their family lineage to see where their ancestors come from, and create activities from multiple counties per continent.

No of this would be possible without the addition funding of the Glendale Education Foundation’s challenge grants, and their willingness to invest in our students. They are top notch!

Kelsey T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Glendale School District Education Foundation is a pillar of support for our district that provides our rural area's youth and educators with the tools they need to build strong program foundations and cultivate growth. In my experience I have watched area students obtain scholarships through the Foundation, witnessed the Foundation generate and reward better school attendance records, provide grants to district educators and support the programs within our district that promote involvement, as well as goal setting and achievement. They are doing just as their mission statement "Leave a Legacy" boasts; they are leaving a legacy in each classroom and program they assist with, each child that program assists and most importantly, they aspire others to do good also.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member of the Glendale Education Foundation. I have been on the board for approximately two years. The people I serve with on this board are caring, conscientious individuals who genuinely want to help the students in our small rural school district have as many positive educational experiences as we can provide. We have made sure that every kindergarten and first grade child in our district receives a free book in order to impress upon them the importance of reading. Our foundation works hard as the channel through which beneficial scholarships flow to deserving students. We award grants for classroom projects which would otherwise not happen due to state budget restrictions. We have helped students participate in varied activities which would have been very difficult for their families to totally finance. I am proud to serve on this organization and I look forward to increased opportunities to help our students in the future. Diane Andrews

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been both a recipient of a GEF challenge grant and a donor. I can't say enough about how wonderful they are to work with, and what a positive impact they make on our community and school. They keep our children as their number one priority, and make sure they can enhance what the school does by making extra money available for unique and extra projects. They are great, and I highly suggest donating to the wonderful students they serve!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a social studies teacher, I see the importance and value of learning abou the past. As new students come in each year, less and less know about the tradegy that happened on September 11, 2001. This devasting terrorist attack that has changed our country forever is known by very few middle school students. With the help of the Glendale Education Foundation, we are able to take a field trip down to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to visit the Flight 93 Memorial. This is a wonderful opportunity for our sixth grade students to learn about the first time Americans fought back against terrorism. Without the Glendale Education Foundation, this would have never been possible. I thank the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, Richard W. Snyder II, for this wonderful opportunity.


Gary Walstrom Jr

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I received a grant from the Glendale Eduation Foundation to purchase chairs that help students to focus during the school day. The project was called "Operation Focus" and really became a huge hit in my second grade classroom. Students are still using them and experiencing positive results to help them focus and remain on task!!! I am very thankful to the foundation for taking on such a project to help the students in our district.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been awarded the challenge grant through the Glendale Education Foundation a couple different times. This grant gave me the opportunity to purchase sensory items and Accelerated Reader books for my students. My students have been able to use these items year after year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation continues to help teachers and students with their generous funding of quality educational programs and activities. The district is lucky to have an organization like this to partner with! This group is committed to helping the students of our community. Thanks for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Glendale Education Foundation has helped me to accomplish so many projects in my classroom that would otherwise have been unavailable due to lack of funding. This foundation has provided my children with opportunities to begin a recycling program at school, attend a local theater production, and participate in a week-long traveling science laboratory. The experiences that my students have been afforded have surely had an immeasurable impact on their educational careers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is all about giving back! Their number one concern is making Glendale School District an outstanding place to educate children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud donor for the Glendale Education Foundation. They have done so many wonderful things with the money and helped out with so many amazing causes. It truly is a great foundation and I am glad to be a part of it!!