Our motto says it all – “The gift of hope, the promise of excellence.” However, as with any student effort, we can’t do it alone.
The Seneca Valley Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to encouraging excellence and innovation in the Seneca Valley Schools, is proud to say we are providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mini-grants to assist students with high-intensity projects as part of our STEM Science Fair. We have also approved the donation of funds to the elementary schools so they may purchase literacy materials for the classroom. For the award-winning Seneca Valley Marching Band, we have donated proceeds to help them replace uniforms that have been worn for 13 years now.
All good work. However, there’s so much more to be done.
Consider the child whose family has had a difficult time weathering the poor economy. Opportunities to take advanced placement exams through the College Boards may be a struggle – attending a college or university may be a far off dream. What if you could help ease the financial burden for these families, our neighbors?
This is why we created the Seneca Valley Foundation. With a donation to the Foundation, you will help facilitate the development of student scholarships, elementary and secondary programs and new capital projects. And because of donations like yours, we will be able to tell our students, our families and our community that we are forging ahead confidently.
Over the last few years, something special has taken shape in the Seneca Valley Schools as we've inched higher and higher in the regional and state public school rankings. But how do we become one of the best? We need to be doing things for students and for education that we haven't done before. We need to come up with creative ways to help our students and staff achieve success. Since 2005, Seneca Valley has risen from 43 to its current position of 15 in the Pittsburgh Business Times' ranking of regional schools. We have risen from 99 to 47 in our state rankings, all the while being one of the most conservative spending districts in the state (ranking 382 in spending out of 501 school districts).
Together, we can continue this progression forward. With every new donation, the opportunities to improve our district open wider. The more our community gives to the Foundation, the more our Foundation can do for our schools, and the closer we get to becoming the best district in the region and in the state. And that is an incredible gift to give to children, to families and to your community.
We thank you for joining us and are genuinely appreciative of your assistance.