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


    SY 2016-2017 Award Presentation

    Upper Merion Area Education Foundation Awards 2016-2017 Mini-Grants

    At the November School Board Business Meeting the Upper Merion Area Education Foundation presented ten 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



    3rd Grade

    Eden Callahan

    Gizmos and Gadgets: Unleash the Inventor!



    1st Grade

    Andrew Deckman

    Math Fact Mastery with Little Professor


    Middle School

    K-8th Gr.
    Speech & Lang.

    Shannon Lemke

    Social Skills Library to Support Social Thinking


    Elem. Schools

    K-4th Grade

    Katie Diorio
    Karen Jurina

    Every Teacher is a Teacher of Literacy: The Studio Library


    Middle School

    8th Grade Soc. Stud.

    Peter Cress

    Upper Merion Present - Pieces of Americana



    4th Grade

    John Barlow
    Karen Cedrone
    Janet Melcher

    Using Mentor Sentences to teach grammar through well-crafted children's literature


    Middle School

    Tech & Eng Educ.

    Matthew Cullen

    Blended Instruction and Flipped Classroom


    High School

    9th-12th Grade

    Danielle Staley

    UMAHS Greenhouse and Gardening Project



    K-4th Grade

    Jennifer Wert

    Strengthening Reading Skills and Creating a Culture of Reading in the Home



    K-4th Grade

    PBIS Team 

    Bear Necessities Beautify Our School!



    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!