Upper Merion Area School District

Inspiring Excellence



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!


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. 

2016-2017 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
435 Crossfield Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406


SY 2016-2017 Award Presentation

Upper Merion Area Education Foundation Awards 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!