The Panther Ram Foundation purchased SMART boards
The Panther Ram Foundation purchased SMART boards for the classrooms. These boards, originally developed for business applications, are a growing trend in education. SMART boards (named after the product’s leading manufacturer), are digital projections connected to a computer; marks made on the projections are visible on the board and saved in a computer file. SMART boards are used in more than 1.5 million K-12 classrooms and by more than 30 million students globally—and our kids are among those fortunate students. Research shows that interactive whiteboards benefit student engagement, learner motivation and knowledge retention.
The Panther Ram Foundation provided NutriPacks with funding
The Panther Ram Foundation provided NutriPacks with funding to start their program and continue to support the program with funding and volunteer efforts. With that funding, NutriPacks provided 300 children with food over the weekends during the 2011-2012 school year. According to the 2013 report on the State of Hunger in Pennsylvania issued by the Coalition against Hunger, 18% of the children in Dauphin County, where the Central Dauphin School District is located, are considered food insecure with hunger, which means that they experience multiple instances of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. We want to ensure that children are fed and come to school ready to learn on Monday mornings. Each student who is registered for the program receives his/her own backpack full of food each Friday. The backpacks usually contain 6 to 10 pounds of food per week and are assembled by teams of community volunteers. During the school week, these children participate in the free breakfast and lunch program. Demand for the NutriPacks Program has risen dramatically in just two years. The program served 300 children in 2012; this year, nearly 700 are enrolled in the NutriPacks program. The Foundation will continue to support NutriPacks because food is the most essential school supply.
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The Panther Ram Foundation helped support Central Dauphin’s trip to participate in the 2012 International Explore Competition…
The Panther Ram Foundation helped support Central Dauphin’s trip to participate in the 2012 International Explore Competition…and they came back with a first prize! Central Dauphin High School won the “Education” category of Phoenix Contact’s 2012 international Explore New Automation awards in Bad Pyrmont, Germany. The PRF paid the advisors’ travel expenses, while contest sponsor Phoenix Contact covered the students’ travel costs. The students, members of their school’s Green Power Club, turned a bicycle, an electric bike conversion kit, a basketball hoop and a few other parts into an electric bike charging station powered by solar panels. Worldwide, 87 teams submitted projects. Twenty-eight teams representing Germany, China, U.S.A., Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium, India, Sweden, Slovakia, Ukraine and South Africa made the final round and presented projects for judging.
The Panther Ram Foundation helped East High marching band
The Panther Ram Foundation helped East High marching band complete their fundraising drive for new uniforms. The East High Band is recognized as a great source of pride in our community and involves many students. It was great to be part of the effort as the East High Band debuted their stylish and durable new uniforms this fall. We hope you will join us in enjoying their performances at football games (home, away and playoffs), pep rallies, parades, community events, marching band competitions and exhibitions.
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Panther Ram Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award
Panther Ram Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award Central Dauphin School District has produced outstanding graduates who have achieved greatness and had an impact in their industry, on society or in the lives of others. For these reasons, the Panther Ram Foundation has established a Distinguished Alumni Award to honor graduates who have built on their K-12 education to significantly contribute to their vocation and/or their community—local, national or global. The 2012 winners were Donald H. Horner, Jr., Dr. Carl A. Hoffman and Donald Enders, Jr. Applications for nominees are accepted on a rolling basis and kept on file for three years.
The Panther Ram Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships
The Panther Ram Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to six students in 2013 to continue their education in college or a trade school. Central Dauphin recipients were Matthew Chamberlin and Andrew Starsinic; Central Dauphin East recipients were John Nichichi and Dara Philipin; and Dauphin County Technical School recipients were Katelyn Guzzo and Carl Moore. Our goal is to give at least two scholarships per school each year.