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Education Foundation ‘Shouldn’t be a Secret,’ Superintendent Says

The Upper Dublin Education Foundation will be busy in the upcoming days.

Upper Dublin School District Superintendent Michael Pladus said in a recent email to parents that many residents have been asking about the possibility of the district forming a nonprofit organization as a way of raising funds.

He said that the district already has a community nonprofit organization in the Upper Dublin Educational Foundation.

“Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the school district (that shouldn’t be a secret) is the Upper Dublin Education Foundation,” Pladus wrote. “The Upper Dublin Education Foundation, under the leadership of President, Art Levinowitz, has been extremely active sponsoring a number of different programs and activities, all in support of our students, faculty, and program offerings within the School District of Upper Dublin."

The district is facing a fiscal bind. The district recently passed its 2013-14 preliminary budget and will hold a meeting next week to discuss the budget in detail.

He went on to say that the foundation has a busy schedule ahead. Some of the events include:

  • On Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the high school, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation, in cooperation with the Upper Dublin Chinese Association, will host a Chinese Cultural Showcase, with professional performances by trained acrobats, musicians, artists from the Peking Opera, along with other entertainers.
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 26 and on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the high school, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation will once again help sponsor the Annual Music In Our Schools concerts, featuring student performers from our elementary schools, middle school, and high school.

According to its website, the Upper Dublin Educational Foundation “identifies new and non-traditional sources of community resources and funding for new educational endeavors designed to prepare students in the Upper Dublin School District to excel in a rapidly changing global environment.”

For more information on the UDEF, visit its website at http://www.udef.info.

John Myers February 19, 2013 at 02:31 PM
While the foundation's sponsorship of cultural and educational events is an important part of its activities, perhaps even more vital is its support and funding for specific educational programs and opportunities which the district is unable to provide including: •A mentoring program called Cardinal Opportunities, which matches adult mentors with students to provide one-on-one mentoring with the objective of giving them a better chance to succeed in the world of post-secondary education or employment; •Grants to individual teachers to develop special creative educational programs outside the "normal" parameters of the District's funded programs. •Funds to support SAT preparation programs •Funds to enable major new technology purchases for the district •Funding in support of the North Hills after school education and recreation program that provides one-on-one tutoring and great recreational outlets to help level the playing field for less fortunate youngsters A mentoring program called Cardinal Opportunities, which matches adult mentors with students to provide one-on-one mentoring with the objective of giving them a better chance to succeed in the world of post-secondary education or employment; Provides grants that make it possible for teachers to develop special creative educational programs outside the "normal" parameters of the District's funded programs. Funding to support SAT preparation programs Funding for major new technology initiatives

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