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    The Fourth Annual Viking 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Caley Elementary School.


    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

     UMAEF mini-grant awards

    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



    On behalf of the Board of Trustees for the Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation, we would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered, or donated to the 3rd Annual Viking 5k & Family Fun Run.

    Thanks to you, we were able to raise $12,500! All of those proceeds will directly benefit students in all six schools of the Upper Merion Area School District. The funds will be used to enhance the education in the District through programs in the areas of Technology, Arts, Scholastic Enhancement, and Cultural Enrichment. 

    With your generous support, some of the projects we have been able to fund for the 16/17 school year have been: 

    • Every Teacher is a teacher of literacy: The Studio Library – supporting the Art programs in Roberts, Candlebrook, Bridgeport, and Caley Elementary schools.
    • Social skills library to support critical thinking – Bridgeport Elementary & UMAMS
    • Greenhouse & Gardening project – UMAHS Science
    • Gizmos and Gadgets! Unleash your inner inventor - Roberts Elementary School
    • Strengthening Reading Skills and Creating a Culture of Reading in the Home – Candlebrook ESL

    This is just a small sampling of the wonderful and innovative programs that have been made possible through the Foundation and we cannot wait to see what experiences we can help bring to the classroom next year!

    If you want to learn more about the Educational Foundation, you can visit us online at www.umasd.org/umaef. 

    Interested in joining our Board or volunteering to help with next year’s event? Contact Eileen Ching at elc00@hotmail.com.


    Thank you again!