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MEF Awards $17,500 in College Scholarships!

Congratulations McDowell High School Class of 2017!

MEF Trustees Award $7,454.12 in Grants to MTSD!

October 31, 2016: MEF AWARDS GRANTS TOTALING $7,553!!!

 ·Jamie Plaster, MEC, IT – Trojan Tech Center Initiative - purchase materials (certificates, badges, STEM activity items) and cost of busing West Lake, Walnut Creek and J.S. Wilson students to     McDowell. Responsibilities/ activities will be STEM-based and age appropriate.
· Melany Myers, Belle Valley –Protecting and Enhancing Musical Program- purchase of replacement cases for 18 instruments and 6 additional guitars with protective bags.
· Andrew Gross, Westlake –Update Musical Performance Microphones -  purchase of two (2) theatre style microphones, cables, and storage case
· Ed Nientimp, MEC – Staff development on Inclusive Practices -costs associated with bringing a speaker on the topic of inclusive practices.  
· Jeremiah Bull, Tracy – Reflex: A Basic Fact Fluency Resource -   license fee for 20 teachers and stipend for “lead” teacher - game-based program to improve basic math fact fluency.

MEF has a new logo!

Thank you Ron Churley for designing our new logo! The symbolism in the elements of the logo denote Advancement, Community, Support, and Growth in the areas that enhance education. These are all key characteristics the Millcreek Education Foundation embodies.


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Summer 2017 MEF Enewsletter

Never underestimate the impact you have on someone else's life.

Millcreek Education Foundation Summer Newsletter click on link:

By Valerie Myers GO Erie Posted Oct 29, 2017 at 2:00 AM
John Patrick Keck Fund will buy supplies for Millcreek students who can’t afford them.
                     A new Millcreek Education Foundation fund will provide school supplies for students who                           can’t afford to buy them. It will also honor the memory of a McDowell High School             

                     graduate.The John Patrick Keck School Supply and Student Need Fund was established by

                     Keck’s parents, Anthony and Marie Keck, to help students throughout the Millcreek

                     Township School District.
     The Kecks first learned of local students in need several years ago when then-McDowell student Kelli Schmalenbach began raising money to provide what kids couldn’t afford.“We never really thought that there were students in Millcreek needing help to buy school supplies,” Anthony Keck said. “After our son, John, passed, my wife and I were looking for a way to honor his memory and also help the community. When we heard about this, we thought, well, this is a great way to help.”
     John Keck graduated from McDowell in 2008 and studied at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to be a speech therapist. He died in March 2014 of complications from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a May 2013 car crash. He was a caring and loving person who hoped to make a difference in the world, Anthony and Marie Keck said in a biography of their son provided to the Millcreek Education Foundation.
     He would be happy that others are being helped in his name, Anthony Keck said Friday.“I think John would be pleased, first of all that we’re remembering him and trying to honor his memory, and at the same time because this is helping kids,” he said.
     The fund named in his honor will provide resources to students who need them, said Kristina Huber, executive director of the Millcreek Education Foundation. “There is great need in our district, and students needing support just to be a student,” Huber said. “It’s nice that this fund will provide essential items so that these kids can be like everyone else in class who have what they need.”
     More than 38 percent of Millcreek students are enrolled in the free and reduced-price lunch program based on family income. Many more are believed to be eligible. Twelve Millcreek students are homeless, Huber said.
     The John Patrick Keck School Supply and Student Need Fund additionally will buy needed classroom supplies not provided by the school district and take some of the financial burden off teachers, she said. Huber calculates that Millcreek teachers spend an average $500 or more of their own money each year to buy student and classroom supplies.
    The first distributions from the Keck Fund will be made in the 2018-19 school year. Teachers will alert the district’s student services department of student needs. Supplies will be provided to students confidentially, Huber said.
     The Kecks asked that their contribution for the fund remain confidential. The Millcreek Education Foundation requires a $10,000 minimum initial investment.
     A virtual run in May will raise additional money for the John Patrick Keck Fund. Details will be posted on the foundation’s Facebook page and website at
Valerie Myers can be reached at 878-1913 or by email. Follow her on Twitter at your paragraph here.