The Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation (UMAEF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, funded through donations and an annual fundraising event.  The purpose of the Foundation is to offer mini-grants to teachers in the Upper Merion Area School District, via an application process, that supplement as well as complement basic educational programs in the areas of Technology, Arts, Scholastic Enhancement and Cultural Enrichment.

    We are looking for individuals in our community who are passionate about the education of our children. If you are interested in joining our Board of Trustees, feel free to contact any of the current Trustees listed below. 

    2017-2018 Board of Trustees:

    Eileen Ching, President - elc00@hotmail.com

    Quincy McDonald, Treasurer  - mcdonaldq@hlcmail.com 

    Heather Francis, Secretary - heatherfrancis1@comcast.net

    Robyn Briggs - rbriggs@umasd.org

    Todd Brown - tbrowndrexel@gmail.com 

    Alice Budno Hope – ahope@umasd.org

    Scott Haley - scottrhaley@gmail.com  

    Heather Jones – heather_jones10@verizon.net 

    Michael Keeley – mkeeley@umasd.org

    Susan Silver, Ed. D – ssilver@umasd.org

    John Toleno, Ed. D, Superintendent – jtoleno@umasd.org 

    If you would like to donate to our foundation, please send your payment (make check payable to “Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation”) to:

    Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation
    c/o Michael Keeley
    435 Crossfield Road 
    King of Prussia, PA 19406
    or use the button below!

To Donate to the UMAEF please click below


    The Board of Trustees for the Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered, and/or donated to our 2018 4th Annual Viking 5k & Family Fun Run.

    This was truly a community event that brought out the best in everyone. Thanks to our sponsors, local businesses and your support, we raised over $11,000, which will go directly to benefit students in all six (soon to be seven) schools of the Upper Merion Area School District!

    The Viking 5k would not have been possible without our volunteers. This year, we had more than 20 high school students who helped out at the race, and they will be treated to a free “Wing Night” at Screwballs!

    We also want to congratulate the winners of the classroom competitions:

    • In the middle school, the winning teams are the Adventurers in the Lower House and the Seekers in the Upper House. Both teams will get an ice cream party!
    • The winning elementary school class is Mrs. Beers’ 1st grade class at Roberts, who will have a cool Kona Ice party donated by Kona Ice KoP!

    Visit us on Facebook to get the latest about our Foundation and fundraising events. If you are interested in joining our Board or volunteering at next year’s event, please contact Eileen Ching at elc00@hotmail.com.

    Thank you again and Happy Spring!


  •  Upper Merion Area Education Foundation Awards 2017-2018 Mini-Grants

     At the November School Board Business Meeting the Upper Merion Area Education Foundation presented thirteen mini-grants that will benefit specific program ideas in all six District Schools. Congratulations to all the winners!!




    Mini-Grant Applicant/s

    Title of Project


    Middle School

    5th-8th ESL/ELA

    Angela DellaValle

    Celebrating Diversity Through the Arts:A Journey to North Africa and the Middle East


    High School

    9th Gr Digital Academy

    Rachel Albright

    Ozobot Bits - Programming in the Classroom


    Middle School

    7th & 8th Grade
    Social Studies

    Kim Ubele

    Motivational Speaker/Author: Farah Ahmedi


    High School

    9th-12th Grade Science

    Laura Himler

    Transforming the Biology Laboratory Experience Using Vernier CO2 Gas Sensors


    Middle School

    8th Grade Social Studies

    Peter Cress

    Upper Merion Present - Pieces of Americana



    3th Grade

    Karen Kulp, Nancy Cilli, Eden Callahan, Angela Cressor

    Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot


    High School

    10th & 11th Grade

    Michael Barash

    ActivelyLearn.com for High School



    K-4th Grade

    Annemarie Kocher

    Follett Lightbox (E-books and traditional books)


    Middle School

    5th-8th Grade
    General (Classroom) Music

    Donna Jackson

    Piano Keyboard in the Classroom


    Middle School

    5th-8th Grade
    General (Classroom) Music

    Valerie Nutter

    Teaching Guitar to Students with Special Needs using an adaptive/assistive device called ChordBuddy



    3rd & 4th Grade
    Gifted and ELL Support

    Gregg Matzner & Jen Wert

    Using littleBits Circuits to teach BIG (21st Century) Skills



    1st Grade

    Kristin Hendrick

    Hands-on Guided Math with Diverse Learners



    K - 4th Grade

    Tonya Reinbold

    Digital Resources for every classroom

     UMAEF mini-grant awards
    UMAEF mini-grant awards