MVCEF Holds Meeting

HOUTZDALE – At the Jan. 15 regular meeting of the Moshannon Valley Community Education Foundation, Elsie Harchak, treasurer, presented a letter, which was then approved by the board, to be sent to businesses regarding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program contributions to the foundation.  The EITC program provides tax incentives to businesses, which donate to education foundations.  Businesses are encouraged to visit the foundation Web site,, and refer to the “What We Do” tab to review the current grant requests and those that have approved.

Joseph Cervenak, chairman of the Scholarship Committee, reported the foundation is currently in the process of obtaining a new scholarship in memory of a former student.  Further details will be provided at a later date.  Laura Mihalko will give an update at the next meeting on the number of students applying for The Lance Cusick Scholarship.

A grant submitted by Bethany Brown for Art Education K-6 was approved at the meeting.  Monies provided will help develop the existing curriculum by giving students the ability to build in three dimensional art forms, which is an essential skill for students to understand.

Three sources of payment options were discussed regarding methods of payment donors could use when donating online to the foundation.  It was decided to set up PayPal, as it is working very well for the “Alumni & Friends Honor Wall” brick sales.

Bricks for the wall may be purchased on the foundation’s Web site or by contacting the Chairwoman, Caryn Southern at 814-378-8715.

The next speaker for the Alumni Speaker Series offered by the foundation will be Dan Hansel.

Hansel is a 2003 graduate of Moshannon Valley and currently an IT consultant for Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College.

The next meeting of the MVCEF will be held at 5 p.m. March 19 at the Moshannon Valley School District Office.

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